Back in the 90s, if you wanted an affordable and reliable sports car with solid performance, the Dodge Stealth was one possible answer.
For anyone, such as myself, who grew up in the 1990s, there were a few sports cars that dominated any young car lover's attention. Besides the Lamborghini Diablo and Ferrari F40/F50, some of those cars included the Dodge Viper and the Dodge Stealth/Mitsubishi 3000 GT. While the Viper was rare to see, it was possible to spot a Stealth or 3000GT all the time. Originally launched in 1991, the Stealth and 3000GT were designed to be competitors to the Toyota Supra, Nissan 300ZX, Skyline GT-R, and Mazda RX-7, to name a few.
Power came from a standard 3.0-liter V6 with 160hp and 184lb-ft of torque. It also incorporated many advanced technologies (at the time) for everyday sports cars such as full time four-wheel drive, active aerodynamics with features such as adjustable front and rear spoilers, sport exhaust modes, and even an electronically controlled suspension. In addition to the base model, buyers could opt for the Stealth R/T or the 3000GT SL. They were powered by the same 3.0 V6, but with 220hp and 201lb-ft. The second generation was launched in 1994, but it was more of a refresh of the previous model than a complete redesign.
Both cars had a newly revised front bumper that featured projector beam headlights and smaller round fog lights. In addition, the side air vents and rear bumpers received some modifications. The interior was also redesigned, coming with dual airbags, an updated audio system, and a few other small modifications. More importantly, the engines in the twin-turbo models were given a slight power boost. In 1995, Mitsubishi launched a retractable hardtop version of their car, while the Stealth was discontinued shortly thereafter. The 3000GT didn't end production until 2000.
The current owner of this 1994 Dodge Stealth R/T Twin Turbo bought the car a little over a year ago. The previous owner did a few modifications such as adding 300C exhaust tips, upgraded rims and tires, and lowered the suspension. According to the owner, the car is still in solid shape and uses it only as a weekend cruiser. It's hard to believe, but this Stealth is nearly 18 years old and has only about 51,000 miles on the odometer. And for those who grew up in the 90s, we should note that it's been 21 years since the 3000GT and Stealth first went on sale. The years certainly go by fast. Photos courtesy of GWM.