Whenever we see the letters “GSR”, we usually associate it with the Mitsubishi Lancer. Whether it’s the two-door coupe or the rally-bred Evolution, these three letters have become synonymous with the sedan that bears the three-diamond logo.
While the Lancer is no longer available, the GSR name is still alive and kicking down under. In fact, Mitsubishi Australia just launched a new top-of-the-line model of the seven-seater SUV called the Montero Sport GSR.
Also called the Pajero Sport GSR, what makes this particular model unique from the rest is its blacked-out exterior. Like the Montero Sport Black Series that was launched here a few weeks ago, the front grille, bumper garnishes, 18-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, and rear spoiler, the GSR trades chrome for black.
Don’t like the Montero Sport GSR in an all-black paint? The SUV can also come with a White Diamond exterior that’s paired with a black-painted roof. This is another similarity that it shares with the PH-spec Black Series that was launched earlier this year.
Inside, the GSR also comes with the same level of features as the Black Series Montero Sport. From a dual-zone automatic climate control, full-leather upholstery, 8-inch touchscreen infotainment, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity, and power-adjustable front seats. It even gets a wide array of intelligent safety features like forward collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control, active stability control, traction control, blind-spot monitoring, and rear-cross traffic alert.
Under the hood, it has the familiar 2.4-liter turbo-diesel MIVEC engine. It makes 181 PS along with 430 Nm of torque. Power is then sent to the wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The Lancer may no longer be with us, but it’s nice to see that Mitsubishi is still using the GSR name on some of its select models. Now if only they can use the GSR name for a Lancer Evolution-based vehicle, now that would be a fitting throwback.