Mitsubishi Cordia

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Mitsubishi Cordia

1983 - 1986
Country:
Japan
Engine:
4 cyl.
Capacity:
1.6 / 1.8 Turbocharged
Power:
58 / 70 kW
Transmission:
5 spd. man / 3 spd. auto.
Top Speed:
163 km/h
Number Built:
n/a
Collectability:
1 star
Mitsubishi Cordia
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Introduction



The Mitsubishi Cordia is fondly remembered by many who owned one in the 1980's, although the ownership experience soured somewhat over time, as most were punished by their youthful owners. In standard guise, the Cordia was somewhat of a big brother to the Colt, and was available only as a two-door hatchback with 1.6 litre Saturn engine mated to the Colt's dual range style transmission or optional 3 speed automatic.

Importantly, the Cordia handled and went reasonably well - at least by the standards of the day. The steering was rack and pinion, with MacPherson struts up front and fully independent trailing arms connected by Mitsubishi's U-shaped rear suspension crossover at the rear.

This setup certainly improved stability, - although the ever-present understeer found on the Colt managed to also find its (unwanted) way to the Cordia also. Braking was sure and constant with a reasonably good disc/drum combination safeguarded by tandem master cylinders and a dual cross line system.

Inside the Cordia was well appointed and very comfortable as a four seater, although it was rather tight when trying to shoehorn 5 inside the cabin. The luxury "GSL" pack added to the appointments list with power steering, power windows, headlamp washer/wipers and remote mirrors. There was excellent vision courtesy of the low waistline and slim A, B and C pillars.

Mitsubishi Cordia Turbo



While the standard Cordia looked a whole lot better than the Colt, it didn't exactly set hearts racing for those who enjoyed a spirited punt from time to time. But there was one model that went a long way to remedying the perceived lack of mumbo under the bonnet - the Cordia Turbo.

Under the bonnet of the Cordia Turbo was a 1.8 litre 4 cylinder engine mated to a turbo that had been carefully set-up to provide good useable torque throughout the rev range with no appreciable turbo "snatch".

The sweet 1.8 was tractable and smooth, giving the turbo version sparkling performance combined with exceptional fuel economy - provided you resisted the temptation to sink the boot. The Cordia Turbo was particularly popular with young drivers, and it was that very temptation that so often proved too hard to resist. Over the years, finding an example that had not been thrashed and trashed proved increasingly difficult.
Mitsubishi Cordia

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Rob
Posted Recently
I have mine running, only one in the states ATM. Have a TD05-16G turbo on it cranked down to 10PSI. Scary fast car. Still working on it.
Zaha
Posted Recently
That's not right my cordia is a GSR and it can ride up to almost 215-220 km/h,it might depend on the year of production.
lee nz
Posted Recently
iv had 3 of there currently working on the lucky one i kept its a 1.8 turb 4x4 if any one has got info about the 4x4 let me no
JD
Posted Recently
the 84 has a 110kw @ 6000rpm top speed of 200km/ph i have a 1984 AA cordia sept release and im restoring it met lots of people who love these things
peteofmelbourne
Posted Recently
there are a few enthusiasts out and about that still own them including myself, would love to know of any other enthusiasts out there that would like to meet and greet. cheers pete
Gaz
Posted Recently
The figures given are incorrect. The turbo (GSR) version has/ had a top speed of 200 kph and a little under 100 kw but heaps of torque. As to where are they now? Ive had mine since new but haven't seen another for many months. A lot have been thrashed and killed by leadfoots. Some were NSW police highway cars but with no turbo timer you can imagine they didn't last well being shut down immediately after being driven fast.
Mitch
Posted Recently
I've had a ride in two of these- an 85 that ran leaded and an 86 that used unleaded back when they were new and the later car had a notable drop in performance. Don't hear much about these now. Where have they all gone?
 
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