Mention VR4, and the word ‘power’ will surely come to mind, especially to those Proton owners who had their rides modded to the max and when the transplant is done to Ol’Skool Saga due to its power-to-weight ratio. We all know what kind of performance can this particular Mitsubishi engine delivers and how the system is still used by later models of Lancer and Evolution with little mods.
The stock 2.0L comes in two variants – 2WD and 4WD. The stock turbocharged engine is capable of delivering around 200 – 240 horses, with torque rating numbered at 304Nm. Impressive aye?
Okay, so we all know about the engine. But what do we really know about the car that accompanied this engine in its stock form? I’m talking about the Mitsubishi Galant of course, specifically the sixth generation Mitsubishi Galant VR4.
VR4 was actually introduced to be the top-of-the-line Galant to comply with Group A regulation of WRC and was later succeeded by the Lancer Evolution, using the same system.
What we have here are two fully-restored and well-maintained Mitsubishi Galant VR4, one in 2WD while the other in 4WD. There are three actually; a silver Galant that can be seen in one of the pictures during the last Touge session, but the owner was too shy to let us take his pictures. I meant his car.
Let’s start with the 2WD Galant.
The 1992 Galant VR4 is running on, well, the legendary 4G63T engine along with the standard ECI-Multi fuel injection system. Exterior is standard AMG with USDM taillights and RS hood, but it’s what under the hood that counts, right?
The engine is quite standard with an upgrade of TD05H turbine rotating cleanly with 2.5” exhaust system all the way for a smooth flow. SAFC manages the engine, while an HKS air filter is installed for better breathing.
Wanting a better feel for the left hand, the owner replaced the standard gear knob with RalliArt gear knob and accompanied by a boost meter and turbo timer, with the rest of the interior comes straight from AMG.
The owner is using TEIN adjustables for a more crispier driving experience, with 17” OZ Chrono on all four wrapped with 225/50 rubbers. UltraRacing, ARB and Fender strut bars are installed for a more rigid platform. Brakes are 4-pot calipers from Mitsubishi.
For more than entertainment purposes, JVC head unit is installed in the car with JVC speakers delivering the melody.
Let’s move on to its 4WD sibling.
It has to be mentioned that just by looking at these cars, all the Modheads will know that there are things under the hood that crawls and will bite your gearknob off, if you know what I mean, and therefore extra cautions should be taken when approaching these cars.
The 1990 Galant VR4 4WD has more creepy crawlies under the hood, and will most definitely snap your gearknob off if you try to put your, well, gearknob in there.
Running on F-Con V-Pro system instead of the standard ECI-Multi, the 4G63T with Evo6 throttle bodies is well adjusted to fit the owner’s needs for spending petrol more than everybody else. HKS adjustable cam pulley is fitted to the engine, with HKW power flow air filter for better engine breathing, all are thrown back out through the HKS Super Dragger exhaust system.
TD05H is the turbine you need, with NGK Iridium 8K for the firing system. The drivetrain? Well, 4WD with LSD of course.
For those tarmac contacts, the owner is running on 17” Enkei RalliArt rims wrapped by Yokohama Advan Nuevo 235/45R17 tyres, rubbers generally preferred for people who likes going through corners at insane speed. This Galant is also using TEIN adjustables for better handling, with Brembo brakes for maximum braking power and Ultra Racing struts to increase rigidity.
Bodyworks are quite AMG stock, with RS hood and USDM taillights. Interior-wise, the driver is comfortably sitting on Recaro SPG, with its occupants snoozing on AMG VR4 seats. Well, if they can snooze anyways. RalliArt gearknob, Momo Race steering, Impul pedals and AMG trimming are the preferred choice for the 36-year old owner.
For the hearing pleasures, the owner is using Alpine head unit with Kenwood speakers, tweeters and amps supporting the pleasures. Oh, I didn’t mention the transmission system. Well, can’t guess? Manual of course! The owners are members of G-VRC club, “Malaysia’s one and only Mitsubishi Galant VR4 enthusiast site”.
words & pix: Syawal Ahmad
Black RalliArt wheels Mitsubishi VR4 Technical Specifications:
Engine: 4G63T, 240hp, 4WD with LSD, F-Con V-Pro, EVO 6 throttle bodies, HKS Power flow air filter, NGK Iridium 8K plugs, HKS Super Dragger exhaust
4WD manual transmission with LSD
BREMBO calipers (front)
Tein HA all round
ENKEI RalliArt 17″ wrapped in Yokohama Advan Nuevo 235/45R/17 tires
USDM rearlights, AMG front grille, RS bonnet, AMG front & rear bumper, AMG sideskirtings, AMG spoiler, Red paintjob
RECARO SPG bucket seat, VR4 AMG rear seats, MOMO Race steering, RalliArt gearknob, IMPUL pedals, AMG trimmings, Alpine headunit, Kenwood speakers, tweeters and amplifier
White OZ wheels Mitsubishi VR4 Technical Specifications:
4G63T, 240hp, 2WD, ECI multi + SAFC, HKS air filter, 2.5″ exhaust all the way
Mitsubishi 4-pot calipers (front)
OZ Chrono 17″ wrapped in 225/50R/17 tires
Ultra Racing sruts, USDM rearlights, AMG front grille, RS bonnet, AMG front & rear bumper, AMG sideskirtings, AMG spoiler, EcoTint tint job, Red paintjob
AMG seats, AMG steering, RalliArt gearknob, stock pedals, AMG trimmings, JVC headunit and speakers, boost meter and timer