Cohort Pic(k) of the Day: Mitsubishi Starion Turbo – Or Is It Stallion?

Roshake 77 found and posted a car with a controversial name, the Starion. Controversial because of the many urban myths that it was intended to be called Stallion, but that got lost in translation, and ended up as Starion. I threw gas on the fire by finding a horse head in an early Japanese market tv ad for it. It seemed to support the myth, but after all these years, I’m still not too sure.

Who cares? What we do care about is having one of these found on the street, and in Budapest, no less.

I just remembered where I first saw one of these: on a display in an airport in Japan, when I went there on business in December of 1981. It had not yet been presented in the US, although I had seen pictures.

The Starion came out right about when Mitsubishi was at the height of its presence in the US, having opened its own branded line as well as still selling its cars as Dodges and Plymouths (Conquest, in the case of the Starion).  Heady times, for Mitsubishi.

The only engine for US-bound Starions was a turbocharged version of the 2.6 L four, while most of the rest of the world got a turbo version of the smaller 2.0 L Sirius four. Power levels, which ranged from 160 – 197 hp, were roughly similar for both engines, but not surprisingly, the 2.0 was higher revving while the 2.6 had more torque down low.


Here’s my CC on the Starion, or is it Stallion?