The Mitsubishi Starion is a two-door hatchback manufactured by Mitsubishi Motors, a Japanese car company. Mitsubishi Motors, which started in Japan in 1917, has operated in the American market since 1981. The Starion has been discontinued, but according to carsurvey.org, Mitsubishi will still replace the lower rod bearings that have been recalled.
Throughout its development phase from 1982 to 1989, the Mitsubishi Starion was released with a four-cylinder, 206-liter engine. This type of engine, which was one of the largest of its kinds at the time of its release, used a smooth 91.1 mm bore and 98.0 mm stroke. In addition, the engine came with a standard Mitsubishi Heavy Industries TC05 turbocharger, which helped maintain the specifications of 145 horse power (hp) at 5,000 revolutions per minute (rpm) and 185-lbs.ft. of torque at 2,500 rpm.
The Mitsubishi Starion came as both a four-speed automatic and a five-speed manual. Starting in 1988, a four-speed automatic gearbox became an option for the Starion ESI-R and TSI. According to Mark J. Mccourt's April 2008 article, "1986-1989 Mitsubishi Starion ESI-R Chrysler Conquest TSi," written for "Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car," backing up the choice of transmissions in the Starion increased the power of the vehicle to 188 hp at 5,000 rpm and 234-lbs.ft. of torque at 2,500 rpm.
The Starion boasted a sleek and narrow body design that promoted aerodynamic efficiency. Exterior features included a mock hood scoop, which is a component of the car's hood that is upraised, as well as hidden headlamps and grid-pattern taillamps. In 1986, the Starion ES-R debuted a wide-body style that was inspired by luxury lines such as Porsche. This body work came with 16-inch alloy wheels as well as a wraparound rear spoiler.