Compact Recreational Vehicle Runner

Published on November 6th, 2009

When I first saw this MPV, I had no idea what model was it except that it’s a Mitsubishi until the owner told me it’s an RVR. We met the owner during the fasting month when we joined the touge session at Kuala Klawang. Later, after a bit of research, I got to know that it’s better known as SpaceWagon. Mind you that this particular MPV goes ‘sprouting’ on a regular basis and damn, it’s fast.

It was quite a surprise when I got to know that the Mitsubishi RVR, which stands for Recreational Vehicle Runner, comes standard with full-loaded VR4 engine. With that alone I’d say that the name fits the bill as VR4 engine has always been known as a powerful engine. It was a favourite engine transplant for most Proton owners until the authorities restricted the upgrade to be lesser than 25% engine increase from the original engine.

Here’s a bit of history on the RVR since it is quite a rarity to see this ride on the road. The RVR was produced by Mitsubishi back in 1991 to 2000. The top-of-the-line models comes with the drivetrain of the first Mitsubishi Galant VR4 engine; the 4G63T 2.0ltr 16V DOHC turbo straight-4 mated to either a four-speed auto or a five-speed manual tranny. Open front and rear differentials were used, with a power output rated at 170–184 kW (231–250ps; 228–247hp).

It might not be a popular choice here in Malaysia due to its awkward looks but once modified and lowered, it has all the ‘sprout’ machine stance apart from being a people-mover. Believe me not when I say that this RVR goes for touge session on weekly basis on the weekends and it’s fast, despite being a people-mover in the first place, thanks to the turbo-charged VR4 engine.

words: Hage’  pix: Syawal Ahmad

Mitsubishi RVR Technical Specifications:


4G63T, Blitz air filter, 240hp


4-Speed Auto Transmission


Alcon 4-pot calipers (front)



Rolling Stocks:

P1 Racing 17″ wrapped in Falken Azenis 215/50 tires


US Spec RVR headlights, RVR grille and bonnet, RVR RS Turbo front bumper, custom sideskirts, Metalic Red paintjob


RECARO EVO4 bucket seats, RVR Turbo steering


  1. Posted by Benson Zam on November 6th, 2009, 08:37

    owner also got an ori vr-4 4wd….(ex karamjit’s car)…kudos!

  2. Posted by shalie on November 6th, 2009, 10:24

    The best part is it goes for sprouting 😀 it earns a high respect from me… :)

  3. Posted by Iman on November 6th, 2009, 11:28

    sweet ride…a rare sight indeed

  4. Posted by ZaidGSR on November 9th, 2009, 08:57

    rare giler!!

  5. Posted by Traffic Mag on November 11th, 2009, 05:06

    memang rare sampai tak kenal la kete ape!

  6. Posted by Traffic Mag on November 11th, 2009, 05:08

    so when can we feature the ride la benson?

  7. Posted by Forza on November 15th, 2009, 21:11

    Perghhhhh!… VR-4 + RvR
    The owner is truly a diehard fan of Mitsu…

  8. Posted by Shidy on April 13th, 2010, 22:30 interesting..
    i want to contact the owner..
    i had one to and i want my space wagon like this also..


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