The Spirit R/T discussion started with a comment from K2 Mystery Car on a K-Car article:
the Plymouth Reliant (and K platform in general) begs the question, “Was there anything good about it?” From an enthusiast’s perspective, it seems difficult to draw a positive conclusion, until you get to the (successor) Dodge Spirit R/T. In 1991, many automotive writers compared it favorably to the contemporary BMW M5, at an approximately $42,000 discount.
Which was continued with more great input from mrkwong
The most direct competition for the Spirit R/T was the Taurus SHO of similar vintage. The Spirit body was a vast improvement over the preceding K-Cars, though the first-gen Taurus was still better. Both had material-quality deficiencies relative to, say, the Nissan Maxima.K2 Mystery Car again:
I am in agreement with what you wrote, MrKWong. Which is why the Spirit R/T deserves a DT writeup.mrkwong:
I agree. The Spirit R/T is actually a likable car and worth preserving.
The Spirit R/T took the regular Spirit and turned up the fun with a DOHC alloy cylinder head designed by Lotus. The Turbo III engine was boosted by a Garrett turbo and produced 224 horsepower and 217 ft-lbs of torque. When new, the R/T hits 60 mph in 5.8 seconds, and it was advertised as the "fastest sedan made in America" -- even though it was made in Mexico. The "fastest sedan made in Mexico" just doesn't have the same ring to it.
The other Spirit R/T I could find is this 1991 example, found here on hemmings offered for $9,975 from a dealer in Sioux Falls, SD. For 10 times the asking price you get a car with only 86k miles on the odometer and in much better condition, but it does seem a bit overpriced. See another Spirit R/T for sale? Send it here: firstname.lastname@example.org