Let's be generous and say that Mitsubishi spent at least three years on the development of the Starion, which was actually based on the third-generation Galand coupé, and then marketed in America as the Chrysler Conquest. Now, add a further 19 years of continuous engineering work to that, and you end up looking at road-legal race car. Otherwise known as the wildest Starion on the planet.
John's Ultimate Street Car machine is not entirely new to these pages, but this time around, we'll dig into the details. Some of which are truly mind-blowing.
What started out as a stock, ten-year-old Conquest in 1998 soon evolved into an LS1-powered speed machine, only to get an LS3 sending 515 horsepower to the rear wheels. Those wheels are 13x18 wrapped in 315 section Falkens, while at the front, the stopping power comes from 14 inch rotors with six piston calipers. Unsurprisingly, the track width is almost six inches wider than stock.
To make it work on the street, the LS3 is actually connected to an active exhaust off a C6 Corvette, while the engine bay was widened. It has a tilted radiator, custom headers and strut bar, and all the brand new wiring wrapped in gold foil heat wrap. The sunroof delete resulted in the steel being replaced by carbon fiber, while in terms of aero, the car features a full flat bottom, various winglets and louvers, and a rear wing that could support the entire 2950 lb. weight of this crazy Mitsubishi.
And the best thing? Not only does it have a sound system, but thanks to its ultra-long sixth gear, it will also return 30 miles per gallon on a nice flat highway. That's 22 years of mad engineering, in a nutshell.