1988 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe On Regular Car Reviews: Video

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Apparently taking a break from his 1960 Ford “Vagabond” Falcon build, Mr. Regular Cars of Regular Car Reviews just published a piece on the 1988 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe with 5-speed manual.

The Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe was a Fox platform-based “personal luxury” coupe powered by a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine – essentially the same as that in the Fox-based Mustang. It was relatively aerodynamic for its time, with the 1983 model achieving a drag coefficient of just 0.35. Model years 1983 through 1988 constituted the entire ninth generation.

The 2.3-liter turbo engine featured in the ’87-’88 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe produced 190HP when paired with the 5-speed manual transmission; output was limited in cars with automatic gearboxes for the sake of longevity. That was quite an impressive output figure for the time. In addition, anti-lock disc brakes occupied all four corners, and Automatic Ride Control came standard, which could firm up the suspension under cornering or when turbo boost pressure exceeded 10 psi.

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As puzzling and confused an offering as the Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe was within Ford’s 1980s lineup, the car was quite well-liked, winning Motor Trend‘s Car of the Year in 1987. Even Regular Car Reviews is strangely taken with it, calling it a “driver’s driver’s car.” Whatever that means.

For the full low-down, watch the full video review above.

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Written by Aaron Brzozowski

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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