Was The 80’s the Death of the American Petrol Head? (Part 2)

**The GLHS**

The GLHS was the quickest with 175 horsepower and 175 lb-­ft. This wasn’t a device for the monitor, it was a weapon of mass destruction. It had a modified Garrett Turbo I engine, a protracted runner tuned consumption (2 items) manifold, and an intercooler. The engine had a compression ratio of 8.5:1, a most increase of 12 psi. Due to all this, it may do the 0­60 mph in an unimaginable 6.70 seconds and the quarter mile in 14.7 seconds at 94 mph. It additionally pulled.88 g on the skid pad.

Quite than persevering with to provide Shelby impressed Dodges, Carroll started to construct precise Shelbys at his new facility in Whittier, California. These have been vehicles he bought from Dodge, modified, after which bought himself via choose Dodge dealerships. These automobiles have been produced in restricted numbers. Every mannequin was a one ­12 months­ run and all got a numbered sprint plaque.

The suspension was reworked with adjustable low-pressure fuel charged Koni entrance struts and rear shocks. The usual 1­in. entrance and 5/8­in. rear swaybars have been retained, in addition to the manufacturing facility brakes and steering. Shelby Centurion 15×6 in solid aluminum wheels have been surrounded by 205/50VR­15 Goodyear Gatorbacks.

With the extra energy, it now had a prime velocity of 130 mph. All of this bundle of brilliance for what value? On the time, it was solely 11 grand. It wasn’t simply Shelby tuning Dodges although, as Dodge themselves obtained into the sport with merchandise of their very own. Merchandise just like the 1984 Dodge Colt Turbo. Certain, it could have been a Mitsubishi, however that did not deter this car from being quick. Certain, it solely had a 0­60mph in 8.9 Seconds and solely 103 horsepower. That wasn’t the purpose of the Colt. It was a dealing with machine meant to be extra of Lotus Elise, then Chevrolet Camaro.

It was lighter than Alfa Romeo 4C gentle. It might have had solely 103 horsepower, nevertheless it solely weighed 1,896 kilos (or 860 kg). It additionally had a prime velocity of 112 mph. Not a lot, however just like the Miata… It would not have to be.

“Now, on this nook, we now have the Dodge Omni GLH Packing 110 horsepower (82 kw).

Within the different nook we now have… The place did they go? Have been they scared off?

Apparently so… “

The Omni GLH was an incredible sizzling hatch. It was quick, enjoyable, gentle, nimble, low cost and frivolous. It is a basic. It is not as a lot of a basic because the GNX; but nonetheless a basic in its personal proper.

This automotive is a quick little bugger inventory, it is a jammy bugger if you modify it. That is additionally a really gentle automotive, weighing in at lower than 2,400 kilos. Whereas we do not see many of those, they nonetheless show that Dodge could make a correct small automotive… A correct sizzling hatch, however the GLH wasn’t the one “GLH” within the collection.

You then had the GLH­T. It was mainly a GLH with a turbocharged engine. Although it was far more highly effective, energy was now raised to 146 horsepower (108 kw) and 170 lb-­ft. Making it one of many sooner vehicles within the trio, this automotive went from 0-60mph in 8.1 seconds and 1 / 4 mile in 16.2 seconds at 85.5. It may attain a prime velocity of 119.

The GLH turbo was upgraded to equal size half shafts. Despite the fact that it was simply (just about) an engine improve, that did not take away from something. It was nonetheless a tremendous sizzling hatch.

Then we now have the automotive that no person remembers. The Dodge Shadow ES, whereas the ’87 seems higher than the ‘ 89, they’re good vehicles both approach. These are very enjoyable vehicles to drive too. Like most of the vehicles on this listing, the Shadow was (and nonetheless is) a really gentle automotive. Weighing in at 2,535 kilos (or 1150 kg) it had 146 horsepower and 170 lb­-ft.

This automotive was much less highly effective than a number of the vehicles on this listing, and a bit heavier. However this wasn’t a Shelby tuned Shadow. So it wasn’t going to be as racing targeted, regardless of that they have been nonetheless superb enjoyable to drive.

That is the canvas Shelby used to craft the CSX from his very fingers. And it is a good little packet from the manufacturing facility. He primarily turned the Shadow into an Evo besides with out the AWD. Very similar to nearly all the vehicles on this listing, it’s turbocharged. It makes use of the identical engine within the following vehicles:


Dodge Shelby Charger

Shelby CSX

Shelby Lancer

Dodge Daytona

That is lots of vehicles to have the identical engine. However as soon as 1989 got here round, the facility was elevated to 150 horsepower and 180 lb­ft. Whereas it wasn’t nearly as good wanting because the earlier 12 months, he did a little bit shock with the refreshed mannequin.

That is proper! We obtained a convertible. In 1991, Dodge launched the convertible Shadow. It was a reasonably good convertible at that! You might get an ES trim degree, which means you can get a convertible with 150 horsepower and 180 lb­ft. Because it was gentle, it was fairly fast.

However wait, there may be extra!!!

Might or not it’s? Sure, One other sedan! The Dodge Spirit R/T with 224 horsepower and 218 lb­-ft. This was the Charger Hellcat of its time. As a result of it has probably the most energy of all of the automobiles on this listing, it has the very best prime velocity. It has a prime velocity of 141 mph. That is 190 E territory. It may do the quarter mile in 14.5 seconds, at 97 mph. This was tubular in its day. (Sure I needed to look that up). Its heads have been additionally designed by Lotus. On the time, it was the quickest 4 door sedan in America. It was additionally gas environment friendly, reaching 26 mpg on the freeway.

It was very, very low cost. Making it one of many quickest vehicles you can get for lower than 20 grand. As nice as this was, it is not as memorable as the opposite vehicles on this listing. (Except for the Shadow and Colt)… Although, they’re nonetheless pretty common inside a sure group of individuals. **Cough**

TurboDodge guys **Cough**

The Dodge Daytona is among the coolest automobiles on this listing. It produced 146 horsepower (109 kw) and 170 lb­-ft. It’s a bit heavier than a number of the different automobiles on this listing. It weighs 2,701 kilos (or 1225 kg). It dealt with so effectively, it beat the Porsche 924.

Do not imagine me? Right here you go:


Learn it and weep or admire. It had a Garret T3 Turbo. With 2 valves per cylinder. Lots of people love this automotive to at the present time, somebody even swapped the two.2 Liter turbo for a 5.7 Liter Hemi in theirs and transformed it to RWD. However that’s irrelevant. It additionally obtained a T-top choice for ’86. Afterward in its life, it gained pop­up headlights and a brand new variant. It was referred to as the Shelby Z. It gained extra horsepower from 146 to 174 horsepower (130 kw), and 200 lb­-ft, in addition to a heavy obligation A555 transaxle with Getrag gears. (If you need extra information, I am going to present hyperlinks on the finish of the article).

The Dodge Caravan ES Turbo, the overall sleeper. Very similar to a number of the automobiles on this listing, it makes 150 horsepower and 170 lb­-ft. Not the lightest car on this listing, it weighs in at 3,086 kilos. It is lighter and sooner than a number of the automobiles to return. It has a prime velocity of 110 mph, not very excessive. However for a van within the 1980’s, that is fairly brisk. Mix that with a 0­60mph in 9.Four seconds, and you’ve got the makings of a sleeper for sleepers.

Ford got here alongside for the journey. They confirmed that the 80’s weren’t the tip with the Foxbody Mustang. Foxbodies are very fashionable now, they’re often known as a superb platform for just about something. They’re the lightest of all of the Mustangs. As soon as upgraded to a Dart block, can simply deal with 900 HP. However these transcend simply drag racing. As a result of they’re gentle and small, they make good funds monitor vehicles.

You might get a complete armada of engines. Right here is the listing:

2.Three L (140 cu in) 86 hp I4

2.Three L (140 cu in) turbocharged I4

3.Three L (201 cu in) I6 85 hp

2.Eight L (171 cu in) V6

3.Eight L (232 cu in) Essex V6

4.2 L (256 cu in) V8

302 cu in (4.9 L) Windsor V8

Rather a lot, is not it? It was additionally chosen because the tempo for the Indy 500, additionally they made a particular version celebrating this. Over 10,000 have been made. Not like the Daytona, you can get a convertible or simply a typical Coupe. The Fastback was the choice if you happen to wished a sportier Mustang. The Daytona was only a fastback/ hatch from the manufacturing facility.

There was additionally quite a lot of transmissions. From a Four or 5 velocity handbook or a Three or Four velocity computerized. However who may overlook the Mustang SVO? That is the Foxbody all of us bear in mind. It had 200 horsepower, 240 lb-­ft. and the brand new (for the time) “aero” headlights. The Mustang wasn’t the one automotive on the “Foxbody” platform although, we additionally had the Thunderbird. Consider it as a Chrysler 300 Coupe. It was larger than the Mustang and extra luxurious. In a bizarre approach, it jogs my memory of the Bentley Continental.

The Turbo Coupe had a 2.Three Liter OHC (Over Head Cam) engine with EFI, an Air to Air Intercooler and a 5­Pace Guide transmission with overdrive. This was a luxurious coupe with a darkish aspect. At first, the engine produced 142 horsepower, however was then later elevated to 155 horsepower. As anticipated, this was heavier than the Mustang. It was additionally larger. However that is not essentially a foul factor. Whereas the Mustang was extra of a sports activities automotive, the Thunderbird was extra of a cruiser. A GT automotive if you’ll.

Sadly, this can be a a lot underrated automotive. Not getting as a lot love because the Foxbody which is ironic actually, on condition that it is based mostly on the identical platform. It is only a solid away, dropping the glory it as soon as needed to the cruel mistress of time. Destined to a lifetime of distress… it is an incredible disgrace, as a result of had individuals seen the potential on this automotive…
We could have seen extra cruisers from this forgotten beast.


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