Turbo cars of the 80's and 90's ???

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    Turbo cars of the 80's and 90's ???

    I am looking for a project. Can anyone list all the turbo (or supercharged) cars of the past?

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    Re: Turbo cars of the 80's and 90's ???

    European turbocharged cars sold in North America during the eighties:

    -Audi 5000 Turbo

    -Saab 900 Turbo

    -Volvo 740 Turbo

    European turbocharged cars sold in North America during the nineties:

    -Audi A4 1.8 20V Turbo (B5 model - 1995 to 2001)

    -Saab 9000 Turbo

    -Volkswagen Passat 1.8 20V Turbo (B5 pre-facelift model - 1998 to 2002)

    -Volvo 850 T5

    -Volvo 940 Turbo

    Supercharged?

    Hmmm...let's see...

    Any Mercedes-Benz with a "KOMPRESSOR" badge and producing a whine sound.

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    Re: Turbo cars of the 80's and 90's ???

    Pontiac Grand Prix (1989-90 Turboed)
    Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe (1983-88)
    Super Coupe (1989-94)

    Of course there are assorted Buick turbos from the late 70's/early 80's....am not sure though if those would be quite what you're looking for

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    Re: Turbo cars of the 80's and 90's ???

    Here are Ford's offerings off the top of my head:

    2.3 4-cyl turbo (140-190hp depending on car/year):

    -83-88 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe
    -83-86 Cougar XR-7
    -84-86 Mustang SVO
    -79-? Mustang Cobra
    -Merkur XR4Ti

    The Ranger uses a non-turbo version of the same engine. There was never a turbo Ranger from the factory, but it is a fairly straightforward and popular swap.

    There was also a 2.2 turbo Probe GT from 88-92, as well as a supercharged 3.8 V6 in the 89-95 T-Bird SC and 89-90 Cougar XR7.

    I used to have an 88 turbo T-Bird. They are great cars, especially with the manual transmission. And in spite of all the horror stories about blown engines and self-destructing turbos (thanks to all the POS turbo Chryslers), the 2.3 is pretty much bulletproof.

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    Re: Turbo cars of the 80's and 90's ???

    Buick Grand National, is the first one that comes to mind.

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    Re: Turbo cars of the 80's and 90's ???

    The Turbo Buicks from the mid-80s make pretty good projects. I've seen several that were modified and they make good sleepers.

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    Re: Turbo cars of the 80's and 90's ???

    1980 and 1981 Turbo Trans Am 4.9 (absolute garbage btw)

    1989 Turbo Trans Am (20th anniversary Edt) same engine as the Buick GN
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    Re: Turbo cars of the 80's and 90's ???

    Quote Originally Posted by rearden82
    I used to have an 88 turbo T-Bird. They are great cars, especially with the manual transmission.
    Amen to that, I had a 88 TC w/ 5-speed also.


    Quote Originally Posted by Firebird00
    1980 and 1981 Turbo Trans Am 4.9 (absolute garbage btw)

    1989 Turbo Trans Am (20th anniversary Edt) same engine as the Buick GN
    Goodluck trying to find a 20th Anniversary T/A to fix-up, the still go for 20+ in great condition. And that is due not to it haveing just the Buick GN engine, those T/A's has the ultra rare Grand National GNX engine, not the regular GN engine! Now the 80-81 Turbo T/A you might be able to find, but they have 301ci V8's that werent know for being the greatest performers, or very reliable for that matter!

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    Re: Turbo cars of the 80's and 90's ???

    I read an old magazine review of an 80 Turbo T/A. I don't know which is worse- That it did 0-60 in about 11 seconds, or that it was the fastest in the comparison test of "sports cars".

    It seems like you'd have to try pretty hard to put a turbo on a V8 and make it that much of a dog. I'm sure that it would be easy to remove the emissions crap and bump up the boost, but that still amazes me. That must have been a horrible time to be a car enthusiast.

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    Re: Turbo cars of the 80's and 90's ???

    Eagle Talon/Eclipse/Laser

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    Re: Turbo cars of the 80's and 90's ???

    Quote Originally Posted by roberto57
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    YES THIS

    DSMs are ****************ing awesome, if you can find one in good shape that hasn't been abused BUY IT

    AWD + turbo = sex

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    Re: Turbo cars of the 80's and 90's ???

    Nobody likes the Turbo Trans AM

    It had 210 horses, 4.9 litre V8 (Pontiac 301).

    This made it the most powerful car on the US market, more than Vette's and smog-choked Ferraris...

    Of course, Saab made the best turbo cars and they are more fun ;>

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    Re: Turbo cars of the 80's and 90's ???

    Quote Originally Posted by grumbles
    YES THIS

    DSMs are ****************ing awesome, if you can find one in good shape that hasn't been abused BUY IT
    Ergo...

    don't buy one

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    Re: Turbo cars of the 80's and 90's ???

    Quote Originally Posted by grumbles
    YES THIS

    DSMs are ****************ing awesome, if you can find one in good shape that hasn't been abused BUY IT

    AWD + turbo = sex
    Crank-walk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bouda
    Crank-walk.
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