Perhaps the ugly duckling of the era, the GTO couldn’t match the NSX’s lightweight elegance, the RX-7’s beauty, the Supra’s brute power, or the Skyline’s iconic standing. But its technological armory was amazing. The 3.0-liter biturbo V6 officially delivered 280 horsepower (209 kilowatts), while the GTO featured four-wheel drive, electronically adjustable damping, four-wheel steering, active aero and variable exhaust system with flap-controlled sound control.
This is technology the Porsche 911 Turbo only now offers, but Mitsubishi had it over 20 years ago. Were it not for Gran Turismo, few outside of Japan would likely have heard of the model, its cheap purchase price and the ability to tune it to outrageous power made it a gaming icon. And cheap to buy now, if you’re not intimidated by the tech.