Starion

1982

Starion

The Starion is Mitsubishi Motors' fourth sports model, following the Galant GTO, Galant FTO and Lancer Celeste. It was launched in May 1982 the Starion was designed wedge-shaped with slant nose and short ducktail proportions. Styling elements giving emphasis to its specialty model looks included an oversize integral front bumper, wide center pillars and the clean surface composition stemming from the use of large full doors. It was powered by a 2.0L turbo engine. The careful attention given to safety and ride comfort at higher speed can be seen in its specification which included ventilated disc brakes all round, strut independent rear suspension, high caster angle and low mechanical trail as well as zero camber front suspension. During the life of the series, a 175 PS intercooled turbo model was introduced in June 1983, a 200PS engine model was added in June 1984, a wide body with flared wheel arches model for the American market joined the lineup in February 1987 and a 2.6L engine model came to market in Japan in April 1988. The Starion chalked up noteworthy results in endurance races and rallies, and a 4WD prototype was built and tested.

Overall length 4400 mm
Overall width 1685 mm
Overall height 1320 mm
Engines 2.0 L, 2.0 L turbo