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Mitsubishi Debonair V
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Mitsubishi Debonair V (S11/S12A). 1986–92 (prod. 6,230 sold for 1987 only). 4-door sedan, 4-door LWB sedan. F/F, 1998, 2972 cm³ (V6 OHC), 2972 cm³ (V6 DOHC). Mitsubishi finally brings the Debonair into its second generation, after over two decades. Awkwardly styled and boxy, reflecting the fact the car was planned 10 years before. Internally, the concept changed: it was envisaged as a rear-wheel-drive car, before front-wheel drive was decided upon in the early 1980s. V6 Cyclone engine also sold to Chrysler as part of a large contract, and Hyundai also wanted a flagship (see Hyundai Grandeur (L)). Based on a stretched Mitsubishi Galant Σ (E10) platform; electronically controlled suspension on higher-line models. Stayed in the class 5 segment to maximize sales. Supercharged 2·0 from 1987 to 1989; 3·0 DOHC added 1989 to counter Toyota Crown (S130) and Mazda Luce (HC). Sales initially good due to the novelty but never as strong as its immediate rivals. AMG (1986) and Aquascutum (1988) limited editions created to help boost sales.

Manufacturing location: Okazaki, Aichi, Japan

Marque: Mitsubishi | Model: Mitsubishi Debonair | Predecessor: Mitsubishi Debonair (A30) | Successor: Mitsubishi Debonair (S22)


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