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1980's Performance Car Flashbacks #5434292 05/20/20 03:42 PM
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1980's Dodge Daytona/Chrysler Laser.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dodge_Daytona
The Daytona originally used the 2.2 L Chrysler K engine in normally aspirated or turbocharged form. Power outputs are 93 and 142 hp (69 and 106 kW) respectively. The 100-horsepower (75 kW), 2.5-litre K engine was added for 1986. In 1985, the 2.2-L Turbo I engine's horsepower was increased to 146 hp (109 kW). The 1984 Daytona was available in three trim lines: standard, Turbo and Turbo Z. Total production was 49,347. The Daytona Turbo was on Car and Driver magazine's 10Best list for 1984. Both the Daytona and Chrysler Laser were available with the Chrysler electronic voice alert system through 1987. A performance oriented "Shelby" version of the Daytona was introduced in 1987.

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Re: Performance/luxury cars you don't see anymore [Re: IMSA_Racing_Fan] #5434299 05/20/20 03:47 PM
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My sister bought a new 1989 Shelby Daytona Turbo back in the day. It was red and silver. It had all the gadgets. Onboard computer, adjustable bolsters in the seats, etc. It was a fast and great looking car, but it started having electrical problems after a couple years. The turbo was even replaced under warranty. After that she traded it in.


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Re: Performance/luxury cars you don't see anymore [Re: IMSA_Racing_Fan] #5434301 05/20/20 03:48 PM
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I had the LeBaron GTS which was the 2.2 turbo with the 146hp and the 5 speed. After it blew the 3rd engine with a blown head gasket I got rid of it in '96. Previous owner had put in an aftermarket turbo computer so not sure how much power it really had. Was looking for something similar afterwards but they all felt a little slower so I guess it worked. It had some rust back then, probably wouldn't expect it make it another 24 years. Mine had the voice alert too, said things like car door was ajar, oil pressure low (said that all the time if you didn't start the car right away.) There was a switch in the glove box that shut that off. I left it off mostly unless people were curious, then I'd just flip it on for fun and then shut it off afterwards. It was fun driving with the 5 speed. Had torque steer so you had to hold onto the wheel if you nailed it in first gear.

Re: Performance/luxury cars you don't see anymore [Re: IMSA_Racing_Fan] #5434306 05/20/20 03:51 PM
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Clearly by the responses, they were FINE vehicles.

The Pontiac Fiero even thinks these cars were terrible.........


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Re: Performance/luxury cars you don't see anymore [Re: IMSA_Racing_Fan] #5434308 05/20/20 03:53 PM
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Best friend's older brother had a Laser, I swear it was fast....but I don't think it was the turbo version. It was the first car that I saw with a digital speedo.


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Re: 1980's Performance Car Flashbacks [Re: IMSA_Racing_Fan] #5434310 05/20/20 03:55 PM
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This was THE car to have in 1985 to draw attention: Camaro IROC Z

Re: Performance/luxury cars you don't see anymore [Re: Chris Meutsch] #5434320 05/20/20 04:00 PM
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I had a red 1987 Fiero GT, and 88 Formula in gold, they were great handling mid-engine cars and the 2.8 was a torquey little motor.

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Originally Posted by Barkleymut
Best friend's older brother had a Laser, I swear it was fast....but I don't think it was the turbo version. It was the first car that I saw with a digital speedo.


I let a friend borrow mine once. He had a reputation for taking the car to top speed and I can't remember if he said it did 120 or 125. He had a Saleen mustang at one point and he said yeah, it did 155. He'd get other cars like a BMW 750il and after a while whenever he got something, he'd say yeah it does whatever the top speed was. I was with him once and he nailed and I think we were doing around 150, but only for a minute or two so I don't doubt he did it. Can't believe he never got a ticket for going that fast but I guess he was smart about it.

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I owned an Omni GLHS (Shelby version) poor fit and finish and numerous electrical bugs. sold it after a few years as I needed a reliable daily driver

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One of my best friends and his sister both had one. AWESOME cars!! His was a standard and hers was an automatic.


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Originally Posted by VQLT
I owned an Omni GLHS (Shelby version) poor fit and finish and numerous electrical bugs. sold it after a few years as I needed a reliable daily driver


Oh yeah, those were small. I think GLH was goes like heck and the GLHS was goes like heck some more. I still have 6 quarts case of Mobil 1 5w30 for my LeBaron GTS, never got around to using it after I got rid of it. Maybe it's still good, it's from the 90s.

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Here’s the car I ordered in ‘87. Buick Grand National. Beautiful.
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Originally Posted by BigGeo
Here’s the car I ordered in ‘87. Buick Grand National. Beautiful.
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^^One of my dream cars!


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The car to pick up chicks in, the venerable Porsche 944. Serengeti sunglasses and Rolex required.

The Porsche 944 is a sports car manufactured by German automobile manufacturer Porsche from 1982 to 1991. A front-engine, rear-wheel drive mid-level model based on the 924 platform, the 944 was available in coupé or cabriolet body styles, with either naturally aspirated or turbocharged engines.
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1985 GTi

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