Mitsubishi Cordia Turbo | Unique Cars and Parts

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Mitsubishi Cordia

Introduction

Mitsubishi’s front-wheel-drive 1.8-litre Turbo hit the market there was of competition in the turbo hot hatch/sedan The list of turbocharged cars while nowhere near available today, was for the time impressive. Forced induction included the Saab 900. 930, Peugeot 505 (avec Nissan EXA. Volvo

Daihatsu Charade. Nissan ET, and finally, from their own the wonderful Mitsubishi Starion .

the early 1980s it seemed new force-fed performance cars powering onto the market at an rate, yet not everyone was convinced of the of turbocharging. The motoring industry and some in the media – convinced that turbocharging was a Like Tom Watson, IBM chairman, who in 1958 I think there is a market for about five – there were who believed turbocharging to be a passing

Turbo Naysayers

Some Mazda – then and now a progressive automotive pioneer thought the turbo would not out in the long run. But perhaps was partly because they very committed to the Wankel The main Mazda protagonist was who joined Mazda in 1973 and his career in rotary engine and motor sports.

For the classic car Yamamoto-san is best known for the genius responsible for the new lease of given the Wankel rotary, the company’s drift towards useage with its RX-7 and 929

Yamamoto said in the early that supercharging. and not turbocharging. ultimately prove to be the more and more efficient means of power and performance from engines. History would his theory half right it seems having both is now the best proposition. But in fairness, turbo dissention was virtually a discordant voice amoung the manufacturers.

Nissan and Mitsubishi the Nippon turbo charge even though the country had a 90 km/h maximum speed

In Europe, the swing to turbos was not as apart from thoroughbred cars such as the Porsche the Audi Quattro and the Lotus Turbo. most of the European elected to go the overhead cam and multiple per cylinder route. Understandably, the motoring public were to accept turbocharging.

Reliability problems from of the earliest turbo iterations was the reason – particularly the bolt on jobs which did a popular period in the late and early 1980s. Even factory turbo cars a bitter taste in the mouth, as the Audi 200T and the locally-developed Turbo.

Mitsubishi Cordia

Mercifully the quality, and driveability of turboed cars out of sight very quickly and by the time the Cordia Turbo hit the most problems were sorted. And not only was the reliablity far some of the performance issues also well sorted. For the lag had almost disappeared, making a car as responsive in traffic situations as a aspirated one.

In the case of the the characteristic low-rev and off-boost evident in so many older road cars was replaced by a to get up and run up to and beyond its maximum power of 6000 rpm.

There was no trace of the too familiar turbo lifelessness. The Cordia was consistent and lusty. The boost was active virtually from the the driver touched the accelerator.

torque didn’t come on 4000 rpm, however was still plenty happening far that figure. With a quality driving experience, and though there was a little with regards to the cars released in the then-new turbo the Cordia Turbo would up many rave reviews, rare unanimity from the press.

Competition From

While the Cordia Turbo had of competition from other as noted above, there was competition from within its own The Starion Turbo was a brilliant car so why Mitsubishi needed another to add to the seemed a little strange. to clarify the situation, Mitsubishi their turbo coupes apart in pricing and positioning the (1984 pricing) A$23,862 locking horns with the RX-7.

Toyota Supra. Nissan and Alfa GTV6 while the pricing) A$13,500 Cordia on the likes of the EXA. Renault Honda Prelude, and Alfasud As you can see, it was not necessarily a case of Turbo vs.

Mitsubishi Turbo. it was a case of an upmarket Mitsubishi Coupe against one set of competition, and a Mitsubishi Turbo Coupe another set of competition.

As far as turbocharged cars went then, many believed, plenty of justification, that the Starion was the best bang-for-buck The credentials were impressive. It had drive, a 2.0-litre cross-flow OHC with Mitsubishi turbo – boost pressure psi – and IHI ECI fuel injection 125 kW. Its power-to-weight ratio was a commendable kg/kW.

Upmarket and carrying of luxury gear such as windows, air-conditioning. power and leather-faced buckets. Handling was of independent suspension. and on the outside was chunky and heavy styling divided a lot of opinions – you loved it or hated it.

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