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Welcome to My Eagle Talon Website!
This site is dedicated to my 1991 Eagle Talon Tsi All Wheel Drive Turbo that I've transformed from bone stock to scary as heck without losing any of the comfort or reliability of a daily driver. Thanks for visiting and please take a look around. No matter which of the DSM turbo cars you're a fan of, or if you just like sleepers in general, I'm sure you'll see some stuff you like.

Update: January 2014
-Goodbye Old Friend   The Talon has been sold to a great new owner. This article is me doing my best to cope with that. Click to view it

The path that lead me to Diamond Star Motors
I'm pretty sure the first Diamond Star Motors car I laid eyes on was the 1989 Plymouth Laser RS Turbo. It was a red one, in Motor Trend magazine. I was a freshman in high school and a huge car enthusiast. Back then, (before the Internet) magazines were the source of truth for car lovers. My friends and I would read them over and over, memorizing each review and corresponding specs and statistics as if it were our sole purpose in life. We would challenge each other too, he who had the most car knowledge would win.

Out of all the old magazines that I would read and re-read, plenty of cars caught my interest. I liked sports cars like every other kid my age, and I was raised on a strict diet of American V8 muscle. But when I saw this car I was in total disbelief. At the time there was nothing like it. It was lightweight, inexpensive, had a tiny engine with something called a "turbocharger" and was seriously fast (for the era). Out of all the press I read about this so called "Plymouth" with the word "Mitsubishi" emblazoned across it's valve cover, this was the particular article that I must've read at least 100 times. This was the article that shifted my whole belief system. How could a tiny 122 cubic inch 4 cylinder be faster than a sweet Pontiac GTA? Impossible! And faster than the legendary Mustang LX 5.0? It couldn't be true!? I poured over the magazine stats, debated with my car buddies and even went to the dealership to get my hands on and brochures, all as an attempt to find the fly in the ointment. After all that, it simply wasn't there. The Plymouth Laser, Mitsubishi Eclipse and Eagle Talon were game-changing performance bargains of the decade.

From that point on, my interest in these cars never waned. As I saw more press, more accolades, my passion was fueled. Since I grew up in a busy service station, I would see all three varieties of DSM vehicles often. One in particular belonged to a very attractive and young local college professor who had a brand new gold 1990 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX. This thing descended on our service station like a space ship. The overall look was like nothing else on the road. The stance was mean, the tires were low in profile and wide and the interior looked like the cockpit of an F-16 Tomcat. The GSX "All Wheel Drive" badges were menacing too, it was a footnote to the performance potential that lay beneath the surface. I honestly lusted after this car. Every time it came in, I would stop whatever I was doing and rush over to check it out. Oh, and it helped that the owner was a 20 something year old babe with brains. It made the whole package that much more intriguing. In fact, she would always joke that I could have the car when I grew up. When I grew up!?! I was 17 at the time and knew it all. I wanted one right then!

There was no way I could afford a new car on my meager budget, so I continued to dream and plot and scheme, knowing one day that I would call one my own. Time went by and another chapter unfolded in the DSM story...the true performance potential. It was this specific article in Turbo Magazine that really opened my eyes. I had family that drag raced for years and spent many hard earned hours building their dedicated drag race cars and never went faster than mid 11s in the 1/4 mile. In this article, the slowest car on their list was running a mid 11 second 1/4 mile. In addition, most every car on this list looked like the average daily driver that you'd see on the street. Amazing! Shortly after this article was published, spring 1999 rolled around and I got my first Diamond Star Motors car, a 1991 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS-T front wheel drive turbo.

It was an emerald green, one owner car with low miles. It didn't take long for me to do the basic mods that I learned about from early websites like DSM.org. With a ported stock turbo and exhaust manifold, 2.5" downpipe, 3" exhaust, K&N air filter, boost controller and Nitto drag radials, I was running mid 13.60s in the 1/4 mile. All while getting 25+MPG in mixed driving. I loved this car, but eventually sold it to fund other 4G63 cars I built. I missed that car, but knew that I would have another one day.

The Find: Summer, 2005
On July 14th 2005, I got the sudden urge to browse a regional DSM message board that I hadn't visited in years. What took me there? Where did this urge come from? What is that strange smell coming from the kitchen? The answer to all three, I have no freaking clue. All that I know is that ever since I sold my 1991 Eclipse GS-T, I have missed owning a DSM.

Almost instinctively, I headed right to the "for sale" section and clicked on a posting for a 1991 Eagle Talon AWD 5 speed. The seller sounded like an educated person who knew his car like the back of his hand. He did, and for good reason, he had owned it since 1992! Amazing! After looking at the pictures, I was blown away how clean the car was in and out. It had all of the typical small wear and tear, but with one big difference. The car was meticulously maintained.

There were a hand full of posts from other interested parties, and I feared that the car had already been sold. So without delay I emailed the seller and to my surprise, got a call from him moments later. I was bracing myself for the bad news when I heard, "It's still here." I knew I had to act quick, so I told Phil that I'd take it!

Now I had a whole new problem...How the heck do I get to Atlanta to pick it up? The only fast, cheap option was the preferred method of transport for shady people everywhere, yep a Greyhound bus. I bought a ticket for 29 bucks and headed to the bus station to catch my 1:15 to Atlanta. In less than 12 hours, I was headed back home with my teenage dream-mobile.

1991 Eagle Talon
This is my 1991 Eagle Talon Tsi AWD. A wolf in sheep's clothing.

This particular car was owned by a gentleman who had taken great care of it from day one. He kept track of all the maintenance and even threw in the printed factory service manual and some spare parts.

1991 Eagle Talon Interior
The interior of the Talon is mostly stock except for the Dodge Neon SRT-4 seats and a steering column mounted boost gauge.

More Power!
Shortly after I bought the Talon from its original owner I decided to fix some of the little issues typically found on a car with 200,000 miles. My original goal was to leave the car as stock as possible, but that sure didn't last long.

Eagle Talon Turbo Engine
The amazingly stout Mitsubishi 4G63 engine is dishing out approximately 500hp on 93 octane gas thanks to a Magnus Intake manifold, HKS cams, 850cc fuel injectors, HKS VPC and a Forced Performance "Red" Turbocharger.

What Next?
My plan is to drive and enjoy the heck out of it. It's not a low mileage show car, so I can drive it like it was meant to be driven with no remorse. I also intend to keep suprising folks at the track when I can. It's currently hanging with cars 10 and 20 times it's original sticker price! With a 0-100mph time of 7.43 seconds, from an acceleration standpoint, it bests worldbeaters like the 2009 Nissan GT-R, 2008 Corvette Z06, 2008 Dodge Viper, 2008 Porsche 911 GT3 RS and 2008 Audi R8 to name a few. A Take a look at this:

Vehicle 0-100mph
1991 Eagle Talon Tsi 7.4
2009 Nissan GT-R 8.0
2008 Chevrolet Corvette Zo6 7.7
Porsche 911 GT3 RS 9.3
2008 Audi R8 10.1

My goal all along has been to blur the lines between civil street cruiser and weekend drag bruiser. While I'm at it, I want to see exactly how much power I can get out of the workhorse 4G63 engine on pump gas. I like the thought of spinning all four tires, with the A/C blastin!

Eagle Talon Drag Racing
Ready for takeoff!