Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords
Turbo Coupes VS Super Coupes Shootout
The Early Cat Catches The Bird - Turbo Coupes and Super Coupes take on a lone Cougar and come up short.
'93 Thunderbird Super Coupe
Paul Roberge, La Habra, CA
With Contestants dropping like flies just days before the event, Paul Roberge called us out of the blue and said he might be able to provide two capable Super Coupes. It turned out that one of the cars couldn't make it, so Paul drove his own personal SC to the meet.
What was surprising was that the ringer he had brought suffered several problems throughout the day and never ran faster than Paul's own daily driver, which had half as many mods as the other.
High-14s from a 4,100-pound coupe are respectable enough, until you figure in that the Super Coupe's powerplant has 169,000 miles on it and just a handful of minor mods.
STRIP SPECS Owner: Paul Roberge Hometown: La Habra, CA Driver: Paul Roberge Year/Model: ’93 Thunderbird Super Coupe Weight w/Driver: 4,114 lbs Engine: 232 ci (3.8-liter) V-6 Built By: Ford Intercooler: Stock air-to-air Power Adder: Stock Eaton M90 supercharger Maximum Boost/ Nitrous Qty.: 13 psi Intake Manifold: Stock Cylinder Head(s): Stock Compression Ratio: Stock 8.2:1 Camshaft(s): Stock Ignition: Stock Exhaust: Stock manifolds with DynoMax resonator back system Transmission: Stock AOD Converter/Clutch: Stock Rear Type: Stock IRS with 3.27:1 ring-and-pinion Wheels: Stock 16x7 Tires F/R: 225/60/16 Suspension Front: Stock Suspension Rear: Stock Best ET/MPH: 15.37 / 90.09 STRIP LOG Run # 60-FT 1/4-Mile MPH 1 2.27 14.96 92.68 2 2.29 14.84 93.47 3 2.31 14.92 93.54