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Javelin UltimaDork
3/27/12 12:05 p.m.

In the red corner: the 1983-1988 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe (and 1984-1986 Mercury Cougar XR-7 Turbo)!

And in the blue corner, the 1983-1989 Mitsubishi Starion Turbo (and the 1984-1989 Dodge/Chrysler Conquest)!


jrw1621 PowerDork
3/27/12 12:08 p.m.

I will admit, I have never thought of these two cars in the same sentence before.
Interesting in their own rights but I go with Conquest for exclusivity as well as not being hindered by a long nose and big back end.
Additionally, the Conquest is not an adaptation of a secretary's car.

Mustang SVO vs Conquest may be more inline.

gimpstang New Reader
3/27/12 12:09 p.m.

Turbo coupe. Blocks are stout, trans are stout, basic Fox body platform is stout. The only issue is the stock Ford fueling and ignition. Install EDIS and megasquirt; upgrade the pump and injectors, turn the boost up and go.

I know nothing about the Starion except that an LS1 fits in the engine bay.

93EXCivic UltimaDork
3/27/12 12:09 p.m.

Starquest by a billion miles. I have zero love for the T-bird. They should have stopped making that thing after '57.

pres589 Dork
3/27/12 12:09 p.m.

As an SN95 owner, Conquest all the way.

ransom Dork
3/27/12 12:10 p.m.

(EDIT: in reply to Javelin, since I slipped four posts...)

Turbo Coupe, and it's ALL YOUR FAULT!

I didn't care about them, really, and then you posted another picture of a dark blue TC in another thread a few months ago, and I haven't been able to forget about it.

The StarQuest's got box flares, fer crying out loud. But no. I want the Turbo Coupe.

Klayfish Dork
3/27/12 12:13 p.m.

OK, I haven't participated in many of these vs. threads, but this one got my attention.

T-bird was cool, but this fight is almost like Tyson vs. McNeeley (remember that one??) StarQuest by KO in one punch.

Javelin UltimaDork
3/27/12 12:15 p.m.

The paper specs are a lot closer than you guys realize. I've owned both, and they are very similar drives. This may be a purposeful thread because I'm hankering for RWD turbo again, and 951's are expensive...

JFX001 SuperDork
3/27/12 12:17 p.m.

Turbo Coupe.

pres589 Dork
3/27/12 12:35 p.m.

This really seems like a question of "which do you want to fight with more, crappy suspension or crappy induction / management" and I kind of like the idea of fighting induction. Plus I like the Starquest's looks a lot more.

corytate Dork
3/27/12 1:04 p.m.

no go for the superturd.
StarQuest all the way1!!1!!1!

Travis_K SuperDork
3/27/12 1:10 p.m.

Turbo coupe, because I am too tall to drive a starquest, and I don't like cars from japan.

Ranger50 SuperDork
3/27/12 1:10 p.m.

Turbo Coupe without a doubt.

It may be an overweight and underluxury class car, but damn they are FUN! The DiamondStarQuest doesn't compare.

mndsm UberDork
3/27/12 1:13 p.m.

Starquest. One of the most ageless car designs ever. STILL beautiful after all these years.

Otto Maddox
Otto Maddox SuperDork
3/27/12 1:19 p.m.

In reply to mndsm:

I say Starquest for the opposite reason. It is the epitome of '80s styling. But that is what makes it cool.

mthomson22 Reader
3/27/12 1:25 p.m.

^^MINE^^ So my vote should be obvious. I really dig that techno 80's Japanese styling.

MG Bryan
MG Bryan Dork
3/27/12 1:25 p.m.

I hate recirculating ball steering passionately, butI don't want to ever see another fox chassis Ford parked outside of my residence though.

I guess I'd actually shell out money for a cheap enough Starion though.

ronholm Reader
3/27/12 1:37 p.m.

To hopefully partially make up for my behavior in another one of these threads...


uuhh I mean Turbo Coupe..

MA$$hole Reader
3/27/12 1:54 p.m.

Starquest. Not because I own one but because it has way more cool factor than the T-bird.

Appleseed PowerDork
3/27/12 1:55 p.m.

Starquest. It reminds me of all the Transformers I loved as a kid.

Although the coupe has the whole Stroker Ace thing going for it.

belteshazzar UltraDork
3/27/12 1:58 p.m.

if this were a beauty contest, i'd vote starion.

if we're talking about a car i have to own: turbocoupe.

darkbuddha Reader
3/27/12 2:02 p.m.

Starquest. I've never wanted to own a TC T-bird (not that they don't have some appeal), but I would like to own a Starquest at some point. Besides, I've got the XR to satisfy my 2.3 turbo Ford product desire.

BTW, not to muck this up or anything, but if I were comparing the Starquest to a 2.3 turbo'd Ford product, it wouldd be the XR4TI, not the TC.

GameboyRMH UberDork
3/27/12 2:07 p.m.

This one's easy - Starion. Smaller, better looking, faster.

Raze SuperDork
3/27/12 2:10 p.m.

Star/Quest. FINALLY one I can weight in on again...

driver109x HalfDork
3/27/12 2:15 p.m.
darkbuddha wrote: BTW, not to muck this up or anything, but if I were comparing the Starquest to a 2.3 turbo'd Ford product, it wouldd be the XR4TI, not the TC.

^^ This... and Ill take both... but for this topic Ill take the Starquest.

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