Everyone remembers the Eclipse GSX, Mitsubishi’s wildly popular sports coupe. Everyone also remembers the Galant VR-4, their rally-bred, turbocharged, AWD sedan. Before that arrived, however, Mitsubishi also offered a car that we almost forgot existed: the Galant GSX.
Lacking a turbo but equipped with AWD, with the Galant GSX it seemed like Mitsubishi was testing the waters before unleashing the VR-4 homologation special upon the US. The Galant GSX’s standard 16-valve, 2.0-liter twin-cam with Silent Shaft counterbalancers made 135 horsepower under its sporty red-lettered valve cover.
In this Motorweek review, it gets high praise for its smoothness, braking and spacious interior. However, the notchy 5-speed manual and a weak power steering pump left them cold, concluding that a front-drive GS with adjustable suspension was preferable.
The numbers are pretty respectable for its day. 0-60 comes at 9.4 seconds, and they were able to reach a quarter-mile in 17.1 seconds at 82 mph. Mileage rings in at 20 city, 23 highway. Starting at $16,369 and going up to over $20,000 for a fully loaded model, the less-sporty Camry All-Trac seemed like a better deal if you had to have AWD in a sedan. Of course, the following year Mitsubishi would import the Galant VR-4 to North America, and the GSX would be nothing more than a blip in history.