It doesn't get much more 80's than this. In this installment of AdverTimeWarp we've got a "turbopowered" 1985 Chrysler Laser that claims to be bringing the heat. A casual read reveals it's stunning 5.5 second 0-50 time. That's pretty fast even for modern standards. Wait a minute, 0-50?
What we have here is an acceleration metric that showed up in advertisements during the 70's and 80's when cars had 0-60 times that were simply embarrassing. For comparisons sake, a carbureted first generation RX-7 had a 0-50 time of 6.5 seconds.
|The Laser's interior was both old fashioned and futuristic at the same time.|
But Laser owners had little to be ashamed of as the 2.2 liter turbo mill produced 146 horsepower and a gutsy 168 lb/ft of torque. The little Chrysler (along with its Dodge and Plymouth siblings) represented an interesting alternative to the Celica and Prelude of the day. With it's swept B-pillar and rakish rear end design, the Laser features design cues shared with the Porsche 928, second generation Mazda RX-7 and third generation Camaro. This is also a car that looks great with rear window louvers for the full 80's trip.