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:

Engine:

4G63T, Blitz air filter, 240hp

Transmission:

4-Speed Auto Transmission

Brakes:

Alcon 4-pot calipers (front)

Suspension:

Standard

Rolling Stocks:

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

Bodywork:

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

Interior:

RECARO EVO4 bucket seats, RVR Turbo steering

Comments

  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

    wow..so interesting..
    i want to contact the owner..
    i had one to and i want my space wagon like this also..

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