Suffering from a bad hangover from excessive new years celebrations i decided to stop my long hiatus from Automation and make reality of a dream car i have had in mind for a long time, instead of just making cheap junk cars.
I call it the SuperHawk and it’s a 1987 semi-premium sports coupe with almost all of the archetypical 80’s stuff, and being FWD i imagine it being all the rage back then, and something of a laughing stock today.
Engine is a rather big 2.5L twincam I-4 with a absolutely massive turbo, EFI and catalytic converter topping out at about 280hp on premium 98 octane. I was toying with the idea of trying with a small V8 or a straight 6 but it simply wouldnt fit under the hood, and i4’s were all the rage in the 80’s anyways.
5 speed manual with limited slip diff, 16" sports tyres and sports tuned suspension.
Premium cassette player and some bells and whistles. Imagine the interior being like the 80’s smacked you in the face, 2 bucket seats in the front and 2 small seats in the back, and a mediocre luggage compartment. The SuperHawk is all about speed and hi-tech for the era.
I took many ideas from cars of the era like the Ford Sierra, Saab 900, Opel Rekord and perhaps mostly the Ford Mustang Fox Body, along with some subtle cues from 60’s muscle cars. As usual i find it funny how the game sometimes calculates scores. Apparently this car scores highly as a GT car, sports car, premium something-or-another and premium off-road(!), but it’s main intention is to be a semi-premium sports car.
Please share your thoughts. I could probably go for a smaller engine with a more humane torque curve and i’d love to toy with the idea of making an automatic version for the US market, with some horrible 3-speeder with overdrive or something.