This sci-fi space suit on wheels is the Mitsubishi HSR-II, and it first graced the public at the 1989 Tokyo Motor Show. The HSR supposedly stood for Highly Sophisticated Research, which is a delightfully of-the-time acronym that meshes with the likes of Honda’s New Sportscar Experimental and Toyota’s Advanced Experimental Vehicle prototypes. It also happened to be a very truthful and appropriate name because wow, was this thing highly sophisticated.
For the HSR-II, Mitsubishi streamlined the original concept’s melty design, evolved the suspension system and replaced the first HSR’s 2.0-liter, 16-valve turbocharged inline-four with a new 3.0-liter, twin-turbo V6 producing somewhere in the region of 350 horsepower. It also added a bunch of flaps.