Eagle Talon

The Eagle Talon was one of three car models which were from 1989 to 1998 by Chrysler and Mitsubishi in a joint venture built as a " Diamond -Star Motors" (DSM ) and distributed. The Talon was sold under the brand name Eagle, an automotive brand that started in Chrysler to compete against Japanese automakers in the late 1980s, after they had taken the mark of the American Motors Corporation ( AMC) in 1987. The sister models of the Eagle Talon was the Mitsubishi Eclipse and the Plymouth Laser. The two brands Eagle and Plymouth have now been set.

  • 3.1 trim levels 2G
  • 3.2 engines
  • 3.3 Production figures
  • 3.4 colors
  • 3.5 The end of the Talon


All three models were built on the same platform at the DSM plant in Normal, Illinois. All three models were mechanically identical, i.e., relating to the engine, transmission and drive train. There were cosmetic differences in the wheels, the color palette, the taillights, the front and rear bumpers and spoilers. The roof of the Talon is always black no matter what color the car otherwise had ( has also the Mitsubishi Eclipse of the first generation with 2.0 -liter engine, a black roof).

The main features of the Eagle Talon were:

  • Two doors
  • Hatchback hatchback
  • 2 2 seats
  • Had front-wheel drive for all equipment except the best equipment variant, the four-wheel drive
  • Manual five-speed manual transmission or 4- speed automatic
  • Two -tone paint (see above)
  • Survey on the hood on the left to provide sufficient space for the timing belt cover the 4G63 engine ( had the base model DL a smaller engine, but the collection on the hood )

First generation

The first generation of Eagle Talon came in mid-1989 as a 1990 model and was built until 1994. This era of DSM referred to as the first generation, or simply as " 1G ". But there were two 1G styles: The 1GA models 1990-1991 had sleepy eyes and a " 6 -Bolt " engine, while the 1GB models 1992-1994 composite headlights had built with flashing lights.

Equipment variants 1G

  • Basic Model: 1990-1992
  • TSi model: 1990-1994
  • TSi AWD model: 1990-1994
  • DL model: 1993-1994
  • ES Model: 1993-1994

The DL model of 1993/1994 was equipped with front wheel drive and had a weak 1.8 -liter engine ( 4G37 ) with 68 kW (92 hp). The ES model ( or prior to 1993, the base model ) had the non- turbocharged 2.0 -liter engine ( 4G63 ) with 99 kW (135 hp). The TSi and TSi AWD models had the same engine, but turbocharged, 143 kW (195 hp) in the AWD. The front-wheel drive only had 140 kW (190 hp ) for the other exhaust system and the automatic models do only 132 kW ( 180 hp ) with a smaller turbocharger and a smaller injection.

The name of the " 6- Bolt" engine that had incorporated all Talon until April 1992, comes from the number of bolts that connect the flywheel to the crankshaft. All 1G Talon from 1992 received the "7- bolt " engine. Both versions (6- bolt and 7- bolt ) differ in some details of the engine design.

The 6- bolt engines are estimated in the U.S. for their stability, reliability and their performance potential. The 7- Bolt engines, however, are limited (mainly 2G 1995-1997) decried and the smaller ports in the cylinder head in the U.S. as unreliable and weak by the frequent occurrence of crankshaft bearing damage.

Actually, the 7 -Bolt motor is a normal development of the motor by the manufacturer, in which some construction details have been improved ( bearing bridges the crankshaft mounting of the exhaust manifold ). Since all cars (including EVOs ) with a 4G63 engine, built after 1993 were equipped with a 7 -Bolt engine, it seems likely that it is the crankshaft bearing damage of the 7 -Bolt -2G to no construction but is a quality defect.

The Eagle Talon was in Car- and- Driver magazine 1990-1992 regularly in the list of top ten.

Production figures

Second generation

The Eagle Talon of the second generation was introduced in 1995 simultaneously with its sister model, the Mitsubishi Eclipse while the Plymouth Laser expired. Mechanical corresponded to the new Talon and Eclipse models almost the turbocharged models of 1G. They put something on to power because they were modified intake manifold and exhaust manifold, and new turbocharger. The new T25 turbocharger from Garrett had a boost pressure of 0.8 bar (12 psi) and was smaller than the built- in 1G Mitsubishi Eclipse. The T25 also responded more quickly to gas shocks.

The appearance of the new Eagle Talon differed strongly from that of the Mitsubishi Eclipse than was the case for the first generation. Especially from behind this was to see. Thus, the rear view of the Talon had a bumper with a mid cut, the space for a top-mounted license plate, let the flashing lights were yellow (red in the Mitsubishi) and the reversing lights were integrated into the taillights block (in the center next to the flag of the Mitsubishi ). The spoiler for the TSi and TSi AWD versions at the bottom of the rear window were always black and in a crescent shape at the Talon, while the Eclipse had body-colored basket-handle spoiler at the rear of the vehicle. Other differences concerned the grille under the front bumper, which had no lands in body color, and the absence of side panels.

1997 Talon and Eclipse revised so that the new models are often apostrophized than 2Gb. The update confined primarily to the non-metallic parts of the car. Front and rear views were substantially revised to make them look more aggressive. Front air intake and the Eagle logo are enlarged. This logo was now the middle of the bumper. The rear got a new, high building spoiler jutting further into the airflow and the old crescent spoiler replaced. Additional plastic parts on the doors and on the bumpers completed the body changes. Finally, new aluminum wheels replace the old 5-spoke wheels.

Equipment variants 2G

  • ESi model: 1995-1997
  • TSi Turbo Model: 1995-1998
  • TSi Turbo AWD model: 1995-1998
  • Basic Model: 1996-1997


  • ESi: 2.0 liter four - cylinder inline engine ( 420A/ECH ), 103 kW ( 140 hp) at 6000 min -1. and 176 Nm at 4800 min-1
  • TSi with manual transmission: 2.0-liter four-cylinder in-line engine with turbocharger ( 4G63 ), 156 kW ( 210 hp) at 6000 min -1 and 290 Nm at 3000 min-1
  • TSi with automatic transmission: 2.0-liter four-cylinder in-line engine with turbocharger ( 4G63 ), 151 kW ( 205 hp) at 6000 min -1 and 298 Nm at 3000 min-1

The TSi and TSi AWD models again had a supercharged engine with charge-air cooling, the now replaced the Mitsubishi turbocharger 1G by a Garrett T25 - loader. Although the T25 was a smaller turbocharger, he turned up at a lower engine speed, leading to higher vehicle acceleration. The TSi AWD had four-wheel drive again.

The term TSi ( the 1998 is the only version for the Talon was ) there were in the model years 1997 and 1998 for the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Had the sportier model of the Jeep Grand Cherokee ( with the exception of the 5.9 -liter ) the facilities of Talon TSi model with the indigo - blue trim and monochromatic paint. In the years 2005 and 2006 there was again a TSi as a high performance model of the Chrysler Sebring.

Production figures


  • Bright White ( pure white)
  • Black ( Black)
  • Indy Red ( bright red )
  • Wild Berry Metallic ( Maronite brown)
  • Medium Grey Metallic ( mouse gray )
  • Blue Metallic (Blue)
  • Polo Green Metallic ( polo green)
  • Prism Blue ( light blue)

The end of the Talon

1998 was the last model of the Talon slowly disappearing Eagle brand. The 1998 model is also the rarest.

Although there was a prototype named Eagle Jazz, who looked very much like a four-door Eagle Talon, Chrysler introduced this year a first advertising for the brand and then their production.

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