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1988 Mitsubishi Starion vs. 2003 Mitsubishi Magna

To start off, 2003 Mitsubishi Magna is newer by 15 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1988 Mitsubishi Starion. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1988 Mitsubishi Starion would be higher. At 2,351 cc (4 cylinders), 2003 Mitsubishi Magna is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2003 Mitsubishi Magna (141 HP @ 5500 RPM) has 39 more horse power than 1988 Mitsubishi Starion. (102 HP @ 5500 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2003 Mitsubishi Magna should accelerate faster than 1988 Mitsubishi Starion. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2003 Mitsubishi Magna weights approximately 245 kg more than 1988 Mitsubishi Starion. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1988 Mitsubishi Starion is rear wheel drive (RWD), it offers better handling in dry conditions; in addition, if you are looking to drift, it will be much easier to do with 1988 Mitsubishi Starion. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2003 Mitsubishi Magna, being front wheel drive (FWD), will offer much better control with better grip. With that said, do keep in mind that many other factors such as speed and the wear on your tires can also have significant impact on traction and control. Let's talk about torque, 2003 Mitsubishi Magna (206 Nm @ 3000 RPM) has 42 more torque (in Nm) than 1988 Mitsubishi Starion. (164 Nm @ 3500 RPM). This means 2003 Mitsubishi Magna will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1988 Mitsubishi Starion.

Compare all specifications:

1988 Mitsubishi Starion 2003 Mitsubishi Magna
Make Mitsubishi Mitsubishi
Model Starion Magna
Year Released 1988 2003
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1995 cc 2351 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 102 HP 141 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 5500 RPM
Torque 164 Nm 206 Nm
Torque RPM 3500 RPM 3000 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 4 seats 5 seats
Vehicle Weight 1125 kg 1370 kg


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