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The Mitsubishi Starion is a three-door, turbocharged four-cylinder rear-wheel drive four-seat sports car that was in production from 1982 to 1990. It was also marketed in North America as the Conquest under the Chrysler, Dodge, and Plymouth names; both the Starion and Conquest came to an end in 1989. Although preceded by earlier turbocharged designs such as the Porsche 930 (1975), Saab 99 (1978) and the Mitsubishi Lancer EX 2000 Turbo (1980), it is considered to be one of the originators of the modern Japanese turbocharged performance automobile genre.[1][2]

The "Starion" name is claimed to be a contraction of "Star of Orion", but an urban legend claims that it was intended to be stallion, as a result of an "Engrish" mistranslation.

The Starion used a traditional front-mounted engine with rear-wheel drive layout, which most sports cars use. Many came with a limited slip differential and anti-lock brakes (single channel, rear wheels only) as standard features. The entire chassis was derived from the previous high performance variant of the Mitsubishi Sapporo or Mitsubishi Galant Lambda sports coupe, with a MacPherson strut suspension and swaybars that were fitted to front and rear.[1]

Engine capacity was 2.0 L with the now well-known Sirius 4G63 2.0 L engine, subsequently featured in DOHC form in the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution series of automobiles. However, American customers received the larger Astron G54B 2.6 L engine, but without any additional horsepower. Neither engines were DOHC. After 1987, European Starion models were also fitted with the 2.6 L engine, as was the GSR-VR for Japan. Both engines featured computer controlled fuel injection and turbocharging.

Horsepower varied between 150 and 197 bhp (147 kW) depending mostly upon the turbocharger that was fitted, the presence of an intercooler, and whether the 8-valve or 12-valve head was used.

A naturally-aspirated version known as the GX was also built for the Japanese market, however production ceased in 1983 due to low sales figures. The Starion GX had no electric windows, no air conditioning, no independent rear suspension, no fuel injection and did not have power-assisted steering.

Seating was a 2+2 arrangement, although the rear seats are not too suitable for large adults. The front seats were adjustable for lumbar, angle, knee support, position and featured variable-angle side-braces.

One of the more unusual features was that the seatbelts were located in the doors for the driver and front passenger, and some American and European models featured electrically operated seatbelts.

A five-speed manual transmission was standard in most models, however, an automatic transmission was sold as an option in some markets.

The drag coefficient was around 0.32; quite efficient for the era, and although quite angular, the aerodynamics in general were exceptional at the time. It was one of the world's fastest mass produced cars.
clarkma5
Tough decision...there's a guy not far from here who's got a really clean one parked next to his white '08 STi, and it's probably the most interesting driveway within a mile of my house. But on the other hand it's horribly nerdy. I can't give it a neutral but I can't decide between cool and uncool.
moe
A solid cool from me.
Razor
One of the last real sports cars that Mitsu had before all that was left was the Evo. Cool.
midnightdorifto


And if you get the reference, I bet you can guess which way I voted.
UserDrew
Yeah, I would've given it an uncool vote for being being in cannonball run II but you can't hold it against the car if it was in a bad movie.
midnightdorifto
QUOTE(UserDrew @ Jul 16 2009, 05:35 PM) *
Yeah, I would've given it an uncool vote for being being in cannonball run II but you can't hold it against the car if it was in a bad movie.

This would be the opposite of my thinking.
moe
Aha, so he still is your Cool Wall nemesis.
midnightdorifto
QUOTE(moe @ Jul 17 2009, 09:50 PM) *
Aha, so he still is your Cool Wall nemesis.

It would appear that way, despite the fact that we voted the same way.

Excellent ruse, my compatriot. Excellent ruse.
Uwe
I always found the Starion a bland and boring car. There's nothing which truly stands out. It is the Toyota Carina of sports cars. Uncool.
Phix
It looked great on Top Gear in the Mitsubishi rally livery but besides that it was a pretty middle of the line car. Not exciting but, uh, competent enough to jkeep it from being shit.

Also:

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The "Starion" name is claimed to be a contraction of "Star of Orion", but an urban legend claims that it was intended to be stallion, as a result of an "Engrish" mistranslation.


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