The 2001 Mitsubishi RPM 7000 Concept and Its Rally Car Roots
Crossovers may be everywhere today, but back in 2001 when the Mitsubishi RPM 7000 made its debut, they were still a new idea. Designed by the Cypress, California Design Studio of Mitsubishi, it first took the stage at the North American International Auto show along with the ASX. The cars showed off Mitsubishi's idea for the future of sporty and stylish crossovers. While the ASX showed off what the company had planned for production, the RPM 7000 was a bit different. It was styled from their rally car heritage and borrowed key features from some of Mitsubishi's most successful rally vehicles. RELATED: See More of the Mitsubishi RPM 7000 Concept
The engine and drivetrain came from the World Rally Championship-winning Lancer Evolution and Dakar Rally-winning Pajero. Chief stylist Mike Desmond noted that the styling of the nose and front grille came from racing as well, but from Formula One.
Its overall silhouette was striking with a teardrop design and, instead of the traditional rear exhaust pipe, it can be seen on the side of the car. It also has suicide doors on the passenger side of the vehicle. Although rumors swirled about this car possibly making it into production, the RPM 7000 never made it beyond this concept.
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