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Body style: Convertible (spider/spyder, cabrio/cabriolet, drop/open/soft top)
Segment: Coupe

Ford built the ninth generation of the Thunderbird on the same Fox-body platform used for the Mercury Cougar, Ford LTD or Lincoln Continental.

Ever since the beginning of the Thunderbird, Ford worried about overlapping it with the Mustang, and while the pony-car received more powerful engines, the T-Bird got more features making it a personal luxury coupe. Unfortunately, since it didn't want to compete against the Mustang, Ford made the Thunderbird too slow and, despite its sleek design, it didn't make it into the top sales charts.

The exterior was way more improved than its predecessor. Its cab-rearward design with a long hood and a short trunk made it look very dynamic. Thanks to its raked windshield and sloped rear windscreen, it was quite attractive. At the front, the big horizontal headlights improved the car's look. Ford designers installed color-body wrapped-around bumpers both front and rear, with a rubber strip on them. From its sides, the small windows behind the doors brought more light inside the cabin.

Inside, the front bucket seats were designed for comfort. Since it was a personal-luxury vehicle, Ford installed wood-trims on the dash panel, doors and center console. On the center stack, the Thunderbird sported an auto-reverse stereo-cassette player placed lower than the air-conditioning control unit.

Under the hood, the best engine choice was a 2.3-liter turbocharged-four that provided more power than the 3.8-liter V-6 or the 5.0-liter V-8 engines. While the V-units were paired as standard to a sluggish 3-speed automatic transmission, the turbocharged unit was mated to a 5-speed manual.

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FORD Thunderbird 1983 - 1988
  3 gasoline engines
  • 2.3L 5MT (190 HP)
  • 3.8 (142 HP)
  • 3.8 (213 HP)

FORD Thunderbird 2.3L 5MT (190 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.3L 5MT (190 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2301 cm3
Power
139.7 KW @ - RPM
190 HP @ - RPM
187 BHP @ - RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
26.4 gallons (99.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
146 mph (235 km/h)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
DIMENSIONS
Length
198.7 in (5047 mm)
Width
72.7 in (1847 mm)
Height
52.7 in (1339 mm)
Wheelbase
113 in (2870 mm)

FORD Thunderbird 3.8 (142 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.8 (142 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
3797 cm3
Power
104 KW @ 3800 RPM
142 HP @ 3800 RPM
139 BHP @ 3800 RPM
Torque
215 lb-ft @ 2400 RPM
292 Nm @ 2400 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
115 mph (185 km/h)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
Automatic, 4 Speed
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
DIMENSIONS
Length
198.7 in (5047 mm)
Width
72.7 in (1847 mm)
Height
52.7 in (1339 mm)
Wheelbase
113 in (2870 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3541 lbs (1606 kg)

FORD Thunderbird 3.8 (213 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.8 (213 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
3797 cm3
Power
157 KW @ 4000 RPM
213 HP @ 4000 RPM
211 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Torque
315 lb-ft @ 2600 RPM
427 Nm @ 2600 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
140 mph (225 km/h)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
DIMENSIONS
Length
198.7 in (5047 mm)
Width
72.7 in (1847 mm)
Height
52.7 in (1339 mm)
Wheelbase
113 in (2870 mm)
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