Friday Video: Mitsubishi Action in Guerrilla Group 8

Despite the presence of Tetsuya Watari, gunfights, and a gull-winged Japanese sports coupe, this is not Seibu Keisatsu. Mitsubishi fans, rejoice! It’s Guerrilla: Tokyo Police Group 8, starring Watari-san (who played our beloved Sgt. Daimon in Seibu), a Mitsubishi Starion 2600GSR-VR, Pajero, and a Debonair V 3000 Royal AMG. That’s right, kiddos, a Debonair AMG. As police car. If they could somehow work Giga Pudding into the equation Kev could die a happy man.

Guerrilla followed the adventures of a covert division of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police. Called Group 8, the elite squad specialized in the atrocious crimes regular cops couldn’t touch, with each member carrying a licenses to kill.

With Nissan, Toyota and Mazda grabbing all the prime sponsorship slots in other cop shows, Mitsubishi had to step up their game. They offered up a slew of cars for use in the series (but not shown in the opening credits), including a Galant VR-4, Mirage 1600 Cyborg with double sunroof, Minica 550, and an Eclipse GS Turbo that also, inexplicably, sprouted gull-wing doors.

Sadly for Mitsubishi, Guerrilla was a ratings flop, and while 46 episodes were made, it only lasted from 1989-90.

Thanks again to cesariojpn!

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7 Responses to Friday Video: Mitsubishi Action in Guerrilla Group 8

  1. BlownArrow! said:

    OMG THAT Mitsubishi Starion 2600GSR-VR is awsome! It looks so natural as a Gullwing!

  2. J.Ramirez (zetozeto99) said:

    Gull-wing Eclipse? May I add: this came out before Fast and the Furious! :D JDM TyTe y0!!!111!1!!one!

  3. banpei said:

    I thought the Eclipse was only made for the LHD market (USDM), but I found this page showing the Eclipse indeed made it to the series:
    http://www18.tok2.com/home/madpolice80/goods.htm
    But judging from the raised dash on the left side it appears like it is a LHD car…

  4. cesariojpn said:

    banpei, the link is interesting given the second OP intro:

    In this intro, we have a RED Eclipse, while the promo material has a BLACK Eclipse.

  5. BlownArrow! said:

    Ben, How did you know? :-P I was thinking of calling it the Winged-Arrow :-D
    No really I scrambling to get it Smoged and legal for JCCS.. I would hate to run into your friend you met on the way to the Toyota Show at the Queen Mary…. :-(

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