In the early 90s a new generation of car enthusiasts latched onto spectacular, technology-laden performance cars from the ‘big five’ Japanese automakers. The Dodge Stealth, a captive import from Mitsubishi, was one of those rare sports cars; and it made no qualms about catering directly to enthusiasts. Because of that, most of these global featherweights have been modified and whipped hard by three or four different owners. And, as any diehard sports car fan will tell you, finding a Stealth that hasn’t been ran around the track more than its fair share of times is extremely difficult. Well, until now… This 14,557 actual mile Stealth R/T Twin Turbo is an exceptional example of just that. Pampered and paraded its entire life, this Dodge is an impressive time capsule that’ll transport you right back to the days when performance was greater than horsepower!
By 1993, the Nagoya, Japan-built Stealth had become an established player in America’s re-invigorated sports car market. Virtually every gearhead knew if you wanted to look cool, you bought an ES. If you wanted to look cool and go fast, you bought an R/T. And if you wanted to look cool, go fast and kick asphalt, you bought an R/T Twin Turbo. Averaging just under 728 miles per year since it rolled out of the showroom, this Far East Mopar has rarely seen anything other than sunshine and warm summer days. A quick check of the car’s undercarriage and suspension reveals no evidence of rust or abuse. A quick check of its VIN certifies its body has never seen any major repairs. And a quick check of our pictures confirms its Jet Black paint, which happens to be one of only 208 coats issued for 1993 twin turbos, is both bright and glossy. That’s right, even 20 years after it rolled out of the showroom this spry sports coupe is still a true head turner everywhere it goes!
With its low nose, muscular haunches and wide stance, the Stealth is a model of early-90s cool. At the front of the car, gloss black, pop-up headlamps ride above an aggressive air dam which hangs halogen fog lights below a stamped “DODGE” script. At the top of that air dam, a large, flat hood leads the eye past fade-free shock caps to tinted glass that’s flanked by aerodynamic C-pillar trim and branded with “DOHC 24V ALL WHEEL DRIVE” decals. At the base of that glass, ridged front fenders flow into sculpted doors which hang body-matched mirrors and flush-fit door handles above aggressive, “TWIN TURBO” branded side skirts. At the back of those doors, a tall decklid spoiler floats above a thoughtful windshield wiper and standard electric antenna. And at the back of the car, smoked tail lights combine with smoked reverse lamps to illuminate monochromatic “DODGE” “STEALTH R/T” scripts and spotless stainless exhaust tips.
In the early 90s, factory performance wars finally started heating up again. But this time, instead of Chevy, Ford and Mopar battling it out, it was Japan’s finest. Sure, the Viper made its debut, and the Corvette was still around, but those cars were in a different league; and the price of admission to that league was steep. So, the Japanese automakers identified a niche for affordable sports cars, and the fight commenced. This Dodge’s Mitsubishi designed twin-turbo V6, a product of that fight, benefitted from technology that was very advanced for its time. The core of the car’s powertrain is a DOHC 24-valve 3.0-liter 6-cylinder which sports electronic fuel injection, aluminum heads, factory roller rockers and, of course, two turbochargers. Those turbos are intercooled via intakes incorporated into the car’s front air dam, and they make the smooth mill good for 296 horsepower and 306 ft./lb. of torque. Not bad when you consider all that horsepower and technological goodness could be had in a relatively light car for about half the price of Dodge’s V10 flagship. The engine compartment in this Stealth is 100% original and in pristine, factory condition. In all black, it’s as serious looking as the rest of the car with just a hint of color here and there to add both texture and contrast.
Twin Turbo Stealths came standard with a 5-speed Getrag manual transmission feeding a full-time all-wheel drive system. That system’s 45 front/55 rear power split gives the car catapult-like acceleration in any weather condition, while 4-wheel steering provides additional stability during high speed cornering. At low speeds, the car’s electronics are completely transparent, almost entirely unnoticeable and almost exactly replicating normal two-wheel steering and normal front wheel drive. A driver-selected dual-mode exhaust system opens the mufflers for more power at high engine speeds, giving the car an aggressive bark while maintaining a day-to-day rumble that won’t wake up the neighbors. The driver-selected, variable rate four wheel independent suspension does an excellent job tightening apexes or loosening tension depending on where the sport/touring selector is placed. Stopping comes courtesy of four piston calipers which squeeze 16 inch rotors up front and 15 inch rotors out back. Power is put to the pavement through four Lexani LSS-8 alloys which spin 245/30ZR20 Nitto NT555 Extreme ZRs around satin-finished spokes. And overall, this Stealth is sure-footed, feels surprisingly fast, and is an absolute blast to drive!
This coupe’s jet-inspired cockpit, which presents a striking contrast to its monochromatic exterior, shows hardly any signs of wear at all. The six-way power driver’s seat keeps you as comfortable for quick blasts of speed as it will during long road trips; and the passenger and rear buckets don’t appear to have been used for anything at all. In front of the driver, a dramatic black dash, which shows zero defects, is packed full of gauges and instruments that work exactly as they should. At the center of that dash, automated climate control hangs above a great sounding Pioneer stereo that’s augmented by an Alpine car phone. Between the aforementioned seats, a crack-free console props a black shifter on red carpet that’s protected by color-keyed and “STEALTH” branded floor mats. At the sides of that carpet, factory door panels, which are typically faded and ballooned from heat, look good-as-new. Above those panels, a tight headliner frames a large sunroof. And when you open the car’s hatch, you’ll find a clean cargo area that’s showroom fresh in virtually every way.
The sale of this sinister Dodge sports car includes original wheels and an original stereo.
Whenever we post low mileage Japanese sports cars, they sell almost immediately. A whole generation of buyers grew up with these curve carving coupes. And since they’re becoming increasingly scarce, the good ones get snapped up as quickly as they hit the market. If you’re an enthusiast who likes to put their hardware on the road, few cars deliver the blend of performance and luxury of Dodge’s mighty Stealth R/T Twin Turbo. And with only 14,557 original miles, this is one Mopar that’ll have you smiling every time you slide behind its wheel!