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1988 Mitsubishi Starion vs. 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer

To start off, 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer is newer by 20 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 1,997 cc (4 cylinders), 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer (276 HP @ 6500 RPM) has 174 more horse power than 1988 Mitsubishi Starion. (102 HP @ 5500 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer should accelerate faster than 1988 Mitsubishi Starion. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer weights approximately 415 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 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer is four wheel drive (4WD), it will have significant more traction and grip than 1988 Mitsubishi Starion. In wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer will offer significantly more control. 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, 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer (355 Nm @ 3500 RPM) has 191 more torque (in Nm) than 1988 Mitsubishi Starion. (164 Nm @ 3500 RPM). This means 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1988 Mitsubishi Starion.

Compare all specifications:

1988 Mitsubishi Starion 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer
Make Mitsubishi Mitsubishi
Model Starion Lancer
Year Released 1988 2008
Body Type Coupe Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1995 cc 1997 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 102 HP 276 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 6500 RPM
Torque 164 Nm 355 Nm
Torque RPM 3500 RPM 3500 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline - Premium
Drive Type Rear 4WD
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 4 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1125 kg 1540 kg


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