Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Epiphany Special: Follow That Star: 1992 Plymouth Laser RS Turbo AWD

Today is January 6th, the traditional day for celebrating the feast of the Epiphany, the day when the Three Magi visited the baby Jesus.  Sit back, relax, and enjoy the journey, as we start like those three wise kings and follow the brightest star in the sky.  The star in this case isn't the Star of Bethlehem, but it is the best thing offered from the Chrysler-Mitsubishi joint venture known as Diamond Star Motors.  Join Balthasar, Melchior, and Gaspar as they ride in this 1992 Plymouth Laser RS Turbo AWD offered for $3,200 near Sunbury, OH on the way to deliver their gifts of gold, frankenbenz, and myrrh.


The Mitsubishi Eclipse, Eagle Talon, and Plymouth Laser triplets were three versions of the same car, all built Normal, Illinois by Diamond Star Motors.  Each were available as a simple 4-banger front driver, a turbo-4 front driver, and a turbo-4 all-wheel-drive version.  Of course the turbo-4 AWD is the one you want, but finding one in stock (or near stock) condition is like trying to find a stable in Judea by following a bright spot in the sky.  Balthasar, are we under it yet?  I dunno Gaspar, I get the the vertigo when I stare up too long -- Melchior open the sunroof.  I wish we had opted for the camel interior.


The 16-Valve Turbo badge on the side of the Laser means it has a turbocharged and intercooled version of Mitsubishi's 4G63T inline-4 that puts out 195 horsepower and 203 ft-lbs of torque.   Power goes to all four wheels and many were turned into street racing machines throughout the years.  This one has fading paint, but the mostly stock power train is almost unheard of.  If someone lists their DSM GSX/TSi/RS as 99% stock it means the car only has a bigger turbo and 3 inch exhaust.


 Stay tuned for the next episode of DT's Epiphany Special, as the wise men bring a gift of gold.

1 comment:

  1. Ah, motorized passive belts. One of the more hateful of nonsensical regulatory idiocies.

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