Ford's Thunderbird looked very dated and a way too conservative to be successful in the early 1980s. However, Ford was quick to realize it needed a change, so a restyle was in order for 1983. The new look was dramatic and it stirred up much interest again. The car looked dynamic and modern, but even so, in the rapidly changing 1980s, by 1987 it need a facelift. While the car's profile didn't Change, it did get significant upgrades with flush-fitting lights and side glass, plus all new sheet metal. Ford also introduced two sporty versions: the 5.0L V8 and the Turbo Coupe. The latter used the former Mustang SVO unit, a turbo four-cylinder engine with intercooler, forged pistons and an oil cooler. Riding on the well-established Fox platform, it used upgraded suspension and 16-inch (406mm) rims. Through its Borg Warner T5 the car could attain 15-second quarter-miles.
Ford T-bird Turbo Coupe (1987) Specifications
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