10 Amazing Cars America Missed Out On

10 Amazing Cars America Missed Out On

8. Mitsubishi FTO

The Mitsubishi FTO was a sporty coupe designed solely for sale in Japan. With a high-revving (redline was practically 8,500 rpm) 2.0-liter V6 engine, the FTO was awesome, yet simple.

Think of the Mitsubishi FTO as a front-wheel drive version of the modern Scion FR-S. It featured just 200 hp, but had a weight figure below 2,700 lbs and was intended to be a cheap, sporty alternative to the expensive and high-tech 3000 GT. A secret kept for the young Japanese enthusiast, the FTO would have prospered in America as an alternative to the Ford Probe, Mazda MX-6 and Hyundai Tiburon – three sporty coupes that promised much and delivered very little.

  • Rickers

    I thought you could buy the AWD turbo Celica here….

  • Jeff T

    Great pics autoguide! The American market is an odd one though.

  • Laurentino

    Definitely the alfaromeo 8c, lancia delta integrale and Toyota hilux, also the new ford ranger T5 in diesel engine options.

  • Sami Haj-Assaad

    Oh I totally agree about the new Ford Ranger! That should have been sold here too,

  • Jake

    Hands down Skyline should have been #1. I’m thinking that will be my next vehicle purchase when they start becoming legal here in the states in 5-7 years.

  • Laurentino

    Yeap also the Toyota trueno and the Nissan patrol the 3rd generation until the latest one the 6th generation.

  • Sami Haj-Assaad

    I didn’t rank these in any particular order Jake, but if I did, I think you’d be right with the Skyline GT-R as #1. I hear Canadians are already starting to import them! Lucky Canucks!

  • Willem Rodenburg

    They forgot the sickest car at the moment! The Audi RS6! These C5, C6, and the mighty C7!

  • Rickers

    I always thought the 8C was sold here.. they’re just so rare. Basically a Ferrari California… but MUCH better looking.

  • Winston

    Three words: Land Rover Defender!

  • Austerror

    Don’t forget the Cosmo had two engines to choose. Twin rotor or the triple rotor 20b. The 300hp figures were a conservative figure as that was the agreement at the time in Japan.

    Yes I do own a 20b Cosmo.