The second half of the 1980s was a time of considerable technical advancement in the automotive industry, especially in Japan. Both the Mazda MX-6 and the Honda Prelude featured four-wheel steering (4WS), and it seemed highly likely that within a very few years most cars would adopt this technology. At the time, 4WS probably seemed more likely to go from being a fad to a lasting movement than the very expensive and heavy four-wheel-drive – still yet to be bifurcated into 4WD and all-wheel-drive (AWD), by Fuji Heavy Industries’ (read: Subaru’s) canny product planners.
One new Japanese car, which made its debut in 1987, featured both 4WS and 4WD and this was the Mitsubishi Galant VR-4. The VR-4 (for Viscous Realtime 4WD) was the flagship of the company’s sixth generation Galant. The VR-4 had been configured to meet the then new Group A regulations of the World Rally Championship (WRC).