Was the American petrolhead extinguished in the 1980s? (Part 2)

**The GLHS**

With 175 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque, the GLHS was the fastest vehicle. This was a weapon of mass destruction, not a tool for the racetrack. It had an upgraded Garrett Turbo I engine, an intercooler, and a long runner tuned intake manifold. The engine had an 8.5:1 compression ratio and a maximum boost pressure of 12 psi. All of this allowed it to reach 60 mph in an astounding 6.70 seconds and complete a quarter mile at 94 mph in 14.7 seconds. On the skid pad, it also generated.88 g of force.

Carroll started building real Shelbys at his new factory in Whittier, California instead of continuing to make Dodges with Shelby-inspired designs. These were Dodge vehicles that he had bought, customized, and then privately sold through a few Dodge dealerships. There were only a few of these cars made. Every model had a one-year run and received a plaque with a numbered dash.

Koni front and rear shocks and struts were modified to be adjustable low-pressure gas charged. Standard front and rear measurements are 1 in. rear swaybars were retained, as well as the factory brakes and steering. The 205/50VR­15 Goodyear Gatorbacks were mounted on cast aluminum 15×6 Shelby Centurion wheels.

Its top speed increased to 130 mph as a result of the extra power. What does all of this genius come with? It was only $11,000 at the time. However, Dodge themselves entered the market with their own products, so it wasn’t just Shelby tuning Dodges. such as the 1984 Dodge Colt Turbo. That this car was a Mitsubishi didn’t stop it from being fast, despite the fact that it was a Mitsubishi. Yes, it had just 103 horsepower and a 0-60 mph time of 8.9 seconds. The Colt was not intended for that. More like a Lotus Elise than a Chevrolet Camaro, it was designed to handle well.

Alfa Romeo 4C light was lighter than it. Even though it only had 103 horsepower, it was only 860 kilograms (or 1,896 pounds) heavy. Its maximum speed was 112 mph. Not much, but I like the Miata… It’s not necessary to be.

“We now have the 110 horsepower (82 kw) Dodge Omni GLH in this corner.

We have in the adjacent corner… Were they scared away and where did they go?

Apparently so… “

A fantastic hot hatch was the Omni GLH. It was light, nimble, light-hearted, quick, cheap, and fast. The GNX is a classic, but this is a classic in its own right even though it isn’t quite as well-known.

When you modify this car, it turns into a jammy bugger from the factory. With a weight of under 2,400 pounds, this vehicle is also incredibly lightweight. Even though we don’t see many of these, they nonetheless show that Dodge can build a decent small car… A proper hot hatch, but the GLH wasn’t the only “GLH” in the series.

Then, you had the GLH­T. The turbocharged engine essentially made it a GLH. It was now much more powerful, with 146 horsepower (108 kw) and 170 lb-ft. of torque. This vehicle completed the quarter mile in 16.2 seconds at 85.5 mph, making it one of the quicker vehicles in the trio. It reached 60 mph in 8.1 seconds. It was capable of a top speed of 119.

Equivalent-length half shafts were added to the GLH turbo. It didn’t matter that it was merely (pretty much) an engine upgrade. It was still a fantastic hot hatch.

The car that nobody can recall is the next. The 1987 Dodge Shadow ES looks better than the 1989 model, but both are still good cars. Driving these vehicles is also a lot of fun. The Shadow was (and still is), like many of the vehicles on this list, a very light vehicle. It had a mass of 2,535 pounds (or 1150 kg), 146 horsepower, and 170 lb-ft of torque.

This car was a little heavier and had less power than some of the other cars on this list. This Shadow, however, wasn’t Shelby tuned. However, they were still a lot of fun to drive, so it wasn’t going to be as racing-focused.

This is the material from which Shelby created the CSX with his own two hands. Furthermore, the factory-made packet is a nice little one. With the exception of the AWD, he effectively transformed the Shadow into an Evo. It is turbocharged, much like the majority of the vehicles on this list. It uses the same engine in the following cars:


Dodge Shelby Charger

Shelby CSX

Shelby Lancer

Dodge Daytona

With the same engine, that many vehicles is a lot. However, by 1989, the power had been raised to 150 hp and 180 lb-ft. He gave a small surprise with the updated model, even though it wasn’t as attractive as the model from the previous year.

Yes, we have a convertible. Dodge unveiled the convertible Shadow in 1991. Even so, it was a decent convertible. A convertible with 150 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque is available in the ES trim level. It was relatively swift because it was light.

But wait, there’s more!!!

Another sedan, is that it? the 218 lb-ft and 224 horsepower of the Dodge Spirit R/T. At the time, this was the Charger Hellcat. It has the highest top speed of all the cars on this list because it is the most powerful. It can go 141 mph in the top gear. That area is within 190 E. In 14.5 seconds and 97 mph, it could complete the quarter mile. In its day, this was tubular. (Of course, I had to look that up. Lotus also created the heads for it. It was the fastest four-door sedan in America at the time. Averaging 26 mpg on the highway, it was also fuel-efficient.

The price was incredibly low. Being among the fastest vehicles available for less than $20,000, it. Despite how great it was, this car isn’t as well-known as the others on this list. (Beyond the Colt and the Shadow)… But among a particular group of people, they continue to be fairly well-liked. **Cough**

TurboDodge guys **Cough**

On this list, the Dodge Daytona is among the coolest cars. It produced 170 lb-ft and 146 horsepower (109 kw). It is a little bit heaver than some of the other cars on this list. It weighs 1225 kilograms, or 2,701 pounds. It handled so well that it defeated the Porsche 924.

Don’t believe me? Here you go:


Read it and either cry or be in awe. In it was a Garret T3 Turbo. two valves for each cylinder. Even today, many people still adore this vehicle; one even had their 2.2 Liter turbo replaced with a 5.7 Liter Hemi and had it converted to RWD. However, that is unimportant. For 1986, it also received a T-top option. Pop-up headlights and a new variant were added later in its life. The Shelby Z was its name. It gained 200 lb-ft of torque, a heavy duty A555 transaxle with Getrag gears, and an increase in horsepower from 146 to 174 horsepower (130 kw). (Links will be provided at the end of the article if you want more information.

The complete sleeper is the Dodge Caravan ES Turbo. It has 150 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque, which is similar to some of the cars on this list. It weighs 3,086 pounds, making it one of the heavier vehicles on this list. Compared to some of the upcoming vehicles, it is lighter and faster. 110 mph is not a very high top speed. But that’s pretty quick for a van in the 1980s. A sleeper for sleepers can be created by combining that with a 0­60mph time of 9.4 seconds.

Ford went on the journey with us. With the Foxbody Mustang, they demonstrated that the 1980s weren’t the end of the world. Nowadays, foxbodies are very common and are regarded as a good platform for just about anything. They are the Mustangs that weigh the least. Easily withstands 900 HP once upgraded to a dart block. However, they are not limited to drag racing. They make suitable inexpensive track cars due to their light weight and small size.

You could order an entire armada of engines. Here is the list:

2.3 L (140 cu in) 86 hp I4

2.3 L (140 cu in) turbocharged I4

3.3 L (201 cu in) I6 85 hp

2.8 L (171 cu in) V6

3.8 L (232 cu in) Essex V6

4.2 L (256 cu in) V8

302 cu in (4.9 L) Windsor V8

Yes, that is a lot. They also produced a special edition to mark the occasion. It was also selected as the pace for the Indy 500. There were more than 10,000. With the Daytona, you could only choose between a standard Coupe and a convertible. If you wanted a sportier Mustang, you could choose the Fastback. The Daytona came from the factory as a simple fastback/hatch.

There were numerous transmissions as well. with a 4 or 5 speed manual transmission or a 3 or 4 speed automatic. Who, however, could forget the Mustang SVO? We are all familiar with this Foxbody. It had 240 lb-ft of torque and 200 horsepower. and the new (for the time) “aero” headlights. The Mustang wasn’t the only car on the “Foxbody” platform though, we also had the Imagine a Chrysler 300 Coupe when describing the Thunderbird. Greater in size and luxury than the Mustang. It kind of makes me think of the Bentley Continental in a strange way.

A 5­Speed Manual transmission with overdrive, an Air to Air Intercooler, and a 2.3 Liter OHC (Over Head Cam) engine with EFI were all standard on the Turbo Coupe. A luxurious coupe with a sinister side. The engine’s initial output was 142 horsepower, which was later raised to 155 horsepower. The Mustang was lighter, as was to be expected. Furthermore, it was bigger, but that wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. In contrast to the Thunderbird, which was more of a cruiser, the Mustang was more of a sports car. A GT car if you will.

This car, regrettably, is far underrated. Given that it is based on the same platform as the Foxbody, it is ironic that it is not receiving as much love. It is merely a cast-off, the glory it once held being stolen by the ruthless mistress of time. destined for a miserable existence… it’s a great shame, because had people seen the potential in this car…
We may have seen more cruisers from this forgotten beast.

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