We came across Bennett’s profile picture on Facebook. It was a couple guys just sitting next to a Mitsubishi Mirage. Turns out it’s the only one of it’s kind in Puerto Rico (possibly in the US, too). This project took many sleepless nights looking for parts and lots of money to get them into the country. But, as Bennett says, “That’s my hobby.”
Bennett runs a ’93 Mirage with a full JDM conversion to Mirage Asti Mivec specifications. All the JDM bits on this car are original; from Stanley sidemarkers, to bumpers, lips, mudflaps, and so on. Bennett tells us parts for these cars are very rare and hard to find. He’s spent many a late night scouring the web for exactly the piece he needed.
The hustle comes from a JDM 4G92 Mivec RS spec under the hood. That’s “RS” as in Rally Spec, which means aggressive cam profiles, different intake manifold, titanium valves and retainers, and different ecu than you’d find in your garden variety Mirage. Bennett got his hands good and dirty with this project, personally handling everything from the engine bay to wire tucks to interior.
One of the first things we noticed about Bennett’s Mirage was the sweet individual throttle body (ITB) setup he had on the car. He tells us he’s since sold the setup we saw because they where 48mm and he really needs 52mm. ITBs will be back on the car soon, says Bennett, along with Jun Type 2 cams and a fresh 1.8L bottom end; 83mm with ARP hardware, fully balanced, Toda flywheel, Wiseco pistons, K1 rods, the full monty.
We try to avoid running mod lists (in favor of hearing how the car’s use defines the bill of materials), but considering how many of these pieces are not off-the-shelf items and likely ran Bennett as much in shipping as he paid for the parts themselves…
Engine and tranny:
JDM Spec Mirage Mivec 4G92 Mivec RS engine
JDM Spec Mirage Mivec 4.59 LSD Tranny
Custom harness and reflashed ecu
Tri Y header
3” mandrel bend intake
Thermal Teflon intake gasket
Fidanza 12 pounds flywheel
ACT stage 2 clutch and pressure plate
Cusco Oil catch can
Cusco strut bars
AEM fuel regulator
3000gt brake pump
Shaved, wire tucked bay and painted.
MSD RPM activated switch (Mivec)
Wheels & brakes:
15×6.5 +39 Rays Volk TE37
205/50/15 Toyo R888 front
205/50/15 Toyo Proxes back
JDM Asti Mivec rear disc conversion
Ground Control coilovers
KYB AGX shocks
MUTEKI SR48 lugnuts
JDM Mirage Asti Mivec bumper with fog lights
JDM Mirage Asti Mivec front Lip (optional dealer detail)
JDM Mirage Asti Mivec back bumper
JDM Mirage Asti Mivec side skirts, mud flaps, rear bumper pods
JDM Mirage Asti Mivec power folding mirrors
JDM Mirage Asti/Cyborg headlights and corner lights
Nokya yellow (fog lights)
JDM Evo 1 gauge cluster
Momo Montecarlo limited edition (1995) steering wheel
Recaro SRD’s reps
Radio & A/C block off plate
Autometer pro comp gauges (Fuel & Oil)
” I hope this is enough. (LOL) We will be looking for 220+ WHP all motor soon when we convert the mivec into a hybrid.”
Yeah. That’s what we said. Bennett isn’t sharing too many of his secrets in this area, but when we asked him why, his response was, “The car is for track/street racing. With a hybrid, I would gain about 10-25whp and lots of torque… purely for power!” Considering the effort and attention to detail already in this Mitsubishi, we figure we’re in for good things from Mr. Carrión-Sánchez.
You can connect with Bennett on Facebook.
This would be the second Mirage conversion story we’ve run. Do you have a Mirage project you’d like to show off?
- How do you feel about ITB setups?
- Why do you think people go all motor?