I’m not sure if it’s because I’m abit bored of small 2-door hatchbacks, but my current tastes of cars seem to be leaning towards medium to large executive saloons lately, even though people would probably think this guy is driving his father’s car if I roll in driving one. This is the Mitsubishi 380, the successor to the Magna line in Australia.

The Mitsubishi 380 is based on the North American Mitsubishi Galant. It’s direct competitors in Australia is the Holden Commodore and the I’m blogging about this because if the Proton-Mitsubishi partnership involves chassis sharing for a Perdana replacement, it might just be based off this car, with a much smaller engine of course. As expected from it’s name, it’s powered by a 3.8 litre MPI SOHC V6 engine.

The Mitsubishi 380’s engine is the 6G75, a pretty large V6 engine with 4 valves per cylinder making 235 horsepower at 5250rpm and 343Nm of torque at 4000rpm. There is a 5-speed INVECS-II automatic transmission option, and also a 5-speed manual transmission.

The Australian 6G75 is a bit different from the 6G75 used in the North American Mitsubishi Galant. The camshafts and valve springs are improved versions, derived from the Ralliart Magna program. The injectors are also different, upgraded to 12-hole versions that spray atomised fuel. With these upgrades, the engine is able to meet stricter Euro III emission laws that are enforced in Australia.

The car really sounds great, but unfortunately it’s not doing very well in Australia because of it’s 10% higher price than competitors, low resale value and the bad reputation of it’s precedessor the Mitsubishi Magna. The resale value was so bad that after 2 years, it only retained 35% of the original value.

Very unfortunate, considering the car won The Australian’s Best Large Car Award and the engine won the Society of Engineers Australasias Automotive Excellence Awards for ‘innovative adaption of new and existing technologies in the new Mitsubishi 6G75 3.8 litre V6 engine, designed to provide significant benefits in performance, driveability and emissions’.