After Chrysler purchased American Motors in 1987, the brand created the Eagle marque to compete with the emerging Japanese import cars that time. The Eagle Talon sports coupe is a product of this effort, and it was made through the joint corporate venture between Chrysler Corporation and Mitsubishi Motors known as Diamond-Star Motors. Production of the car lasted from 1990 to 1998 and it was assembled in the Diamond-Star Motors manufacturing plant in Illinois. Here’s a quick look the two generations of the Eagle Talon, which lasted for 8 years.
Appearance and specs
The Eagle Talon had quite a unique look so it was easy to distinguish from other similar cars. It had a two-tone body color—black for its top greenhouse and another color for the main body of the car. The greenhouse of the vehicle was comprised of the roof, pillars, and the door-mounted mirrors. It was also a two-door hatchback with two front seats and two fold-down rear seats at the back. Its top option level had an all-wheel drive while other option levels were offered as a front-wheel drive. Lastly, it can be distinguished by the big bugle that can be found on the left side of the car, which enables a driver to get adequate clearance for the camshaft sprockets or timing belt cover on the engine.
First generation: 1990-1994
From 1990 to 1992, the Eagle Talon was a regular in Car and Driver magazine Ten Best list. Released in 1989, the Talon is one of the first generation of vehicles manufactured under Eagle. Upon release, the Talon was furnished with pop-up headlights. While in 1993, the base model was equipped with a front-wheel drive and a 1.8 L 4G37 engine that could churn out 92 hp. On the other hand, the ES trim was powered by a 2.0 L Mitsubishi 4G63 engine that produce up to 135 hp. Both TSi models, on the other hand, were equipped with an intercooled Mitsubishi 14 b turbocharger that can churn out 195 hp. In 1992, all Talons were equipped with a 6-bolt engine. This means that there were six bolts connecting the crankshaft and flywheel to each other. And after some time, 7-bolt engines also came into the picture, and this was derived from the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.
Second generation: 1995-1998
When the Plymouth Laser was eliminated, the Eagle Talon and Mitsubishi Eclipse were released in the market in 1995. Looking at their mechanical components, it’s easy to note that the Talon and Eclipse are almost identical. They had the same upgrades with their turbocharged engines and they also both have a redesigned intake and exhaust, giving them more power. In terms of looks, discerning the differences between the Talon and the Eclipse would be extremely hard so save for the rear end of the ride. Eagle started to dwindle during the late 90s and the Talon was considered as the last model in the Eagles lineup.