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The Reason The Dodge Stealth Was A Failure

The Dodge Stealth was mechanically identical to the 3000 GT — not in that it shared plenty of elements, it was virtually the very same automotive. The solely distinction was the outside, and the Stealth wasn’t even wildly totally different on the surface; it was even constructed solely in Japan. To make issues much more complicated for shoppers, each fashions have been provided concurrently in America. Theoretically, you can stroll right into a Dodge dealership in 1991 and find yourself shopping for a brand new Mitsubishi. 

Performance-wise, the Stealth was truly fairly competent for the time — so long as you did not purchase the bottom mannequin that solely packed 160 horsepower, that’s. The higher-end Dodge Stealth R/T Twin-Turbo (featured within the picture above) provided over 300 horsepower and might be outfitted with not solely all-wheel drive, but in addition four-wheel steering. That’s an modern function in 2022, a lot much less over 30 years in the past. Too unhealthy it wasn’t even actually a Dodge. 

Though the mannequin was interesting in some ways, there have been some downsides, too. Reviews from the time, akin to one from Car & Driver, claimed the inside was cramped and complicated. Some of the sprint controls have been positioned in ways in which made them a problem for the motive force, in response to these outdated evaluations, and there was stated to be an odd mixture of illuminated components that have been, relying on which one you are speaking about, both too shiny or too dim, however seemingly by no means excellent. Mitsubishi would proceed to make the 3000 GT till the 1999 mannequin year, however Dodge in the end made the choice to finish Stealth manufacturing after six mannequin years. 

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