Dodge Shelby Charger Turbo II
March 31, 2017
This review is for the 1987 Dodge Shelby Turbo cars, the non turbo cars are similar, but no where near the performance or handling or deluxe options.
I owned my Shelby Dodge from 1995 to 1998. I wanted a sporty nice looking economy car to commute 150 miles a day to and from work. My old 1972 Plymouth Road Runner or our Chevy Suburban was killing me on the gas. Overall build quality and paint quality was good to excellent. Car had 30,000 miles on it when I bought it, about 60,000 miles on it when I sold it. No real mechanical issues at all. Just normal maintainance items like oil and filters. Engine was rated at 175 horsepower stock. I did put a Shelby Mopar Performance computer in it and a K&N air filter. That really woke it up, I think it was good for an additional 50 horsepower if I remember correctly, 225 HP with computer and air filter? I took it to drag strip afterwards, I think it was turning about 14.5 seconds in the 1/4 mile at about 96 mph. About the only thing that I didn't like, that was very annoying, was the torque steer under hard acceleration in 1st and second gears (had the 5spd manual transmission), especially after the computer install. But overall a fun car, plus my kids all thought it was just the coolest thing in the world. Was bright red outside, dark grey leather inside with very nice Recaro style fully adjustable bolster seats, very comfortable. Looking back 20 years, would still buy one again. But, finding a mint, low mile (under 30k mile) nowadays would be tough. Time has not been kind to these old turbo 2.2 cars, if I see one for sale nowadays, it's almost always lead a harsh life. But, who knows, if I ran accross a perfect mint one, I would consider buying it to just have a fun cheap collector car I could drive with no regrets. Thanks, JN