Rate It: This Rare Mitsubishi Galant Was the Only Japanese Car To Be Tuned by AMG

Even though Mercedes-Benz and AMG are known to go together like the entire GRM staff and a cheap Chinese buffet, that wasn’t always the case. Before being acquired by Daimler-Chrysler AG in 1999, AMG was, essentially, a German tuning house whose performance expertise could be hired.

One company to take advantage of AMG’s freelance years was Mitsubishi, with the Japanese carmaker chose its Galant sedan as the base for its specially tuned model. However, instead of using the all-wheel-drive, 237-horsepower VR-4, Mitsubishi picked the front-wheel-drive, 140-horsepower GTi-16V model.

Sold as the Mitsubishi Galant AMG, it’s said that only 500 were built. As well, AMG gave the Galant more than just aesthetic upgrades, as the car also received a power bump to 168 horsepower, with a five-speed manual handling the gear changes.

Is the Mitsubishi Galant AMG a unique footnote in the history of both Mitsubishi and AMG, or is it best that it was the only Japanese car to be tuned by German tuning house?

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