1997 Mitsubishi FTO GPX 2.0 MIVEC petrol


Ahead of its time, great performance and handling



General Comments:

With the right set of tyres, this is a seriously fast car and handles like a proper sports car. The 2.0L MIVEC tuned engine is well built and has plenty of power. The Tiptronic gearbox works well and adapts to your style of driving.

The cabin is well designed with clear instruments and comfortable bucket seats.

The back seat can fit two adults comfortably for short distances, but I wouldn't want to be in there for too long.

Good examples are available still, so try to get an unmolested one; there are too many of these cars that have been customized and turned into eyesores.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th January, 2017

12th Jan 2017, 14:38

Good review, these are excellent cars, gained popularity after the Gran Turismo games on Playstation! As did most Japanese sports cars from the 90s.

Unfortunately though as you mentioned, trying to find an original one with no mods is very hard...

12th Jan 2017, 22:13

I loved the FTO in Gran Turismo! Sadly, I have no first-hand experience with the car, as it never made it to the USA. If enough avoid death by ham-fisted modification, maybe a few will be imported here in 2019.

1997 Mitsubishi FTO GR 2.0 petrol


I would have no trouble recommending this car to anyone who wants a quick, reliable sports car


Reliability has been superb.

Tyre wear could be a problem, though. Mind you, the way this car begs to be driven I suppose it's a small (?) price to pay.

General Comments:

What a car! It is seriously quick, even with the auto box. But put it into Tiptronic, find yourself a windy B road and have some serious fun.

My partner has a really well sorted Porsche 924S that just can't live with this. In fact I can't keep her out of the FTO!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd February, 2005

16th Jun 2005, 10:08

Thank god for comments on your FTO, as I'm just looking to buy FTO Mivec Auto.

And you have just given me peace of mind.

Thank you.