Weekend Edition: Daihatsu Charade Turbo

daihatsu_charade_g11_g26_g30_1 If the 1977-introduced Daihatsu Charade was as humble as an early Civic, the ’80s and ’90s turbocharged, sometimes De Tomaso -endorsed turbo versions were anything but. Sharp bodykits, large graphics, two-tone paint – you name it, these things probably had it. Boosted triples galore! c989fbcb99d4e21228fe66233c6a67cb This is, in fact, De Tomaso turbo. Magnesium Campagnolo wheels on ultra-low profile performance tires – 165/60R14, such madness! The IHI turbocharger made sure the cars were good for 80 horsepower. The Italian connection originally stems from the Innocenti-built redesigned Minis, which sometimes had a bit of De Tomaso flair on them. As the British powerplants were deemed jurassic in the longer run, Daihatsu three cylinder units were favored instead, and the De Tomaso packages smoothly carried over. daihatsu_charade_turbo_2 This is the dashboard you would be admiring, were you not to opt for the Momo steering wheel. daihatsu_charade_detomaso_turbo_1 Still, the front does look incomplete without enormous fog lights on the bumper. daihatsu_charade_gtti_1 The Charade was extensively re-engineered for ’87, and the hot version was dubbed the GTti, with the extra t tacked on to signify a turbocharger and the i for intercooler. gtt1 Those 8,2 seconds it took to propel the little car to 100 kph must have been exhilarating. charade3gen This practically minuscule image is the only one I can source of a third-generation Charade with the DeTomaso package. Still, it shows they did exist, and that they went with Speedline wheels instead of Campagnolo magnesium jobs. An ANSA exhaust is a nice touch. detomaso detomaso_charade The rounder fourth generation car also benefits from the De Tomaso package. The generic, Subaru-like design is more forgettable, but this time around they didn’t skimp on the front bumper goodies. Inside, the steering wheel was now by Nardi instead of Momo. daihatsu_charade_de_tomaso From the rear, the car definitely resembles the Toyota Starlet. p1 U961_ad8a654d98bec87e8769dfad38d21dfe3cac8535_20140125213558 You could also get the second generation car as a turbodiesel version, again with three cylinders. The thrum of the engine must be tremendously entertaining on a daily basis: here’s a soundbite. [youtube width=”720″ height=”480″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMaVrUIU_lg[/youtube]

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