The Mitsubishi Legnum, which shares chassis components with the new Galant came out in August 1996 as a station wagon in the passenger car registration category (Japanese classes M through L).
The wheelbase is the same as the Mitsubishi Galant, but the station wagon body is two inches longer and three inches taller. Heading the list of engines is the 2.5-liter DOHC V6 twin turbo, housed in the top-of-the-line VR-4 Type S.
The rest of the engine lineup comprises a 2.5-liter SOHC V6, 2.0-liter SOHC V6, and in the baseline ST model, a 1.8-liter DOHC inline 4-cylinder GDI (gasoline direct injection) engine. A minor change in 1998 boosted engine power slightly, with the biggest improvement achieved by the Legnum VR-4 Type S’s 2.5-liter DOHC V6 twin turbo: maximum power was bumped up from 256hp to 276hphp (at 5,500 rpm) and maximum torque from 254 lb-ft to 268 lb-ft (at 4.0OO rpm).
The Legnum ST is offered with front engine/front drive or all-wheel drive, whereas the VR-4 Type S, designed for maximum driving performance, is available only with all-wheel drive. The ST comes with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission.
The VR-4 Type S is available only with 5-speed manual but comes standard-equipped with AYC (automatic yaw control), ASC (active stability control), and TCL (traction control). The Mitsubishi Legnum Super VR-4 comes with these features and other upgrades, such as aero parts, Recaro front seats, and Momo sports steering wheel.