Unfortunate Metal Potential! Starquest Madness!

Okay, here's another rad vid with an unfortunate soundtrack. There are no good engine sounds, so unless you're a fan of generic nü-metal, pick a rollicking tune of your choice that clocks in around four minutes, cue it up and mash play on this vid and the genuine rock article at the same time. You may just achieve… » 5/29/07 11:15pm 5/29/07 11:15pm

Holy Crap! Obvious Jalopnik Brainstorm!

We're not sure why we didn't think of this as soon as we realized how heavily Changfeng relied on Mitsubishi technology and design of a certain age. If Mitsu won't give us a new Starion, why shouldn't Changfeng give us an old Starion with a leaping cheetah gracing the front end instead of a diamond star? We can almost… » 1/10/07 11:15pm 1/10/07 11:15pm

SUPER POTENTIAL! The Ad That Launched a Million Random References


Anything with lasers has got to be good. Space queens from galaxies of the distant future shooting blue lasers from their fingertips are that much better. The star of this commercial is of course the turbo specialty sports coupe called Starion. If Mitsubishi would just take whatever engine and turbo they're going… » 12/14/06 1:04pm 12/14/06 1:04pm

Cannonball Run II: Not Good, But, Starion Afterburner!

Not only is there an extended scene of Jackie Chan's Starion crossing from San Pedro to Long Beach, but he then uses his afterburner to elude capture. It's a tossup between this car, Clarkson's infamous pseudo-rally car and Uncle Bumbeck's Battlecar Galactica as to which is the coolest Starion of them all. » 11/28/06 12:30am 11/28/06 12:30am

SUPER POTENTIAL! Older than Starion, Younger than Mitsubishi

Mitsubishi began as a shipping firm founded by Yataro Iwasaki in 1870. The theory of superpotential was first posited by E. T. Whittaker in a series of papers dating back to 1903. The Starion was introduced in 1982. It took a war between Japan and Russia, two World Wars, a stalemate in Korea and a debacle in Vietnam… » 11/27/06 9:15pm 11/27/06 9:15pm

Why Mitsubishi Deserves a Second Chance in America

Yes, we all know that Mitsu is a somewhat beleagured brand these days. But they did give us the mighty Starion, the totally underrated Mirage Turbo hatchback, and of course, the nothing-short-of-obscenely miraculous Lancer Evo. Paukert drove the upcoming Lancer on some winding roads near Santa Barbara recently,… » 11/17/06 8:30pm 11/17/06 8:30pm

SUPER AGING-TOYOTA POTENTIAL! Mitsu-2.6 Turbo Corolla on eBay!

Oh crap...Bumbeck just shot this one over, and might we say that it's a doozy? Somebody yanked the motor out of a Dodge Conquest and dropped it in a '74 Corolla, added hood pins and mags, and well, voila, sans culottes, this shit is simply the business. Go forth and bid. And then take us for a ride. » 11/09/06 2:30am 11/09/06 2:30am

SUPER ENGINE-EXTRACTION POTENTIAL! Bumbeck's Starion Goes Under the…

Yeah, whatever, schmoes. Bumbeck is manly enough to yank his own 2.6L Hemi — with hood-removal assistance from Coonce — and live to tell about it. Soon, the Mighty Starion shall rise, relieved of its Achilles' Jet Valves. And your boots? Well, they'll just have to get used to your quaking in them. Deal with it. » 9/23/06 2:30am 9/23/06 2:30am

Classic Top Gear: Fifteen-Hundred-Quid Coupes

While there's something to be said for the Trans-European Veyron-vs.-Cessna race, and the Merak/Urraco/308 GT4 challenge is certainly a classic, our all-time favorite Top Gear competition is the "1,500-Pound Coupe That Isn't a Porsche" bit. Hammond in a BMW 635, May in an XJS, and Clarkson, brilliant bugger that… » 9/21/06 7:15pm 9/21/06 7:15pm

Hoon of the Day: Look Out Honey, 'Cause He's Using (Turbo) Technology

There are few things we love more than Mitsubishi Starions and the Stooges. One comes from Japan. The others come from Michigan (except, of course, for Watt, who reps Pedro harder than anyone else). Together, we suppose, if they decided to rock it Voltron-style, with Iggy forming the head, they would become the… » 8/16/06 4:30pm 8/16/06 4:30pm