Despite arriving on the scene alongside a slew of other iconic vehicles born out of Japan’s late ‘80s and early ‘90s automotive boom, Mitsubishi’s 3000GT stood out from the rest and was arguably the most influential and advanced Japanese car of the era, equipped with numerous ground-breaking futures and production car firsts like active aerodynamic components and four-wheel steering. With roughly three and a half decades having passed since the release of the 3KGT, automotive designer, Matthew Parsons has now conjured up a contemporary imagining of the legendary Mitsubishi with what the Port Elizabeth-based designer is calling the “4000GT.”
Penned as a passion project of Parsons — who works as an industrial designer for Volkswagen — the 4000GT presents a thoroughly modernized take on the turbocharged 3.0L V6, with sleeker lines, modern LED lighting, and flush door handles, while still maintaining key aesthetic traits of the original design with its spoiler, slit-style headlights, and overall low profile silhouette. The renders of the vehicle also sport “VR-5” badges, suggesting an updated version of the 3KGT’s VR-4 (“Viscous Realtime All Wheel Drive With 4 Wheel Steering”). To see more of Parson’s 4000GT project, you can check out the automotive designer’s Behance page linked below.