well i don't know for sure, but here goes. X i believe stands for awd atleast some cars over time that were awd also had the X, like the 323 gtX. rs means rally sport, or atleast it did on the old v8 cars. as far as esi i'd have to say that if tsi meant "turbo sport issue" (which sounds good to me) then esi means "economy sport issue"....maybe.
also on the eclipse line gs should mean "gran sport" and the "t" maybe "turbo" or "two" for 2wd and the "x" = awd.
TSi - Turbo Sport injection
(the 'I' designation is a carryover from the 80's when car
manufacturers wanted to specify that a vehicle's engine was
fuel injected rather than carbureted - BMW was among the first
vehicle manufacturers to add this suffix). Also, Turbo Sport intercooled.
ES - Edition Sport
(this is a unique one...Chrysler introduced the 'ES' designation
on the Dodge Daytona as an alternative to differentiate
themselves from the growing popularity of 'SE' by other
manufacturers - it worked for the Daytona, so it was ported to
ESi - Edition Sport injection
(same as above with the added attempt at sophistication by
elongating the suffix)
DL - Definitely Lame
(just kidding - it's an abreviation for 'Deluxe')
Laser / Eclipse --
RS - Rally Sport
(intended to denote the sportiness level above the base model)
GS - Grand Sport
GS-T - Grand Sport-Turbo
GSX - Grand Sport All Wheel Drive
(this one is a bit of a strech by the marketing folks at
Mitsubishi. The 'X' refers to the word 'cross' as in
'cross country', making loose reference to being able to
cover terrain that other vehicles cannot)
Hope this helps.
1993 Forest Talon AWD - modified
One thing I don't like about the letter designation is that Lasers got RS on all above stock models. For instance, my '92 says Laser RS on the back bumper but its a turbo AWD! (as seen by the stickers on the side of the car). I'm thinking of getting a vinyl graphic for the letter "X" and sticking it on after the RS. The "X" I want would be similar to the X-files "X". So it would stand out a little! Just my $0.02.
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Spyder_GS: TSI seems to be a chrysler thing. It stands for Turbo Sport Intercooled. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
TSi does seem to be a Chrysler thing, but I don't think it stands for "Turbo Sport Intercooled" in *all* cases. For example, the Dodge Intrepid TSi which is not turbocharged, as well as the Grand Cherokee TSi (yes, they exist), which is also N/A. Seems Chrysler gave this monicker to their sportiest trim of each model, maybe. Although, the Talon TSi was the first model (AFAIK) to bear this trim name, so maybe it meant "Turbo Sport intercooled/injection" originally on the Talon, and Chrysler later relegated it to mean "sporty" on other models.
Another cool thing someone suggested on the Talon Digest ... as far as GS-T and GSX models go, you could take the "T" and "X" to refer to their respective drive wheels. i.e. the GST is FWD, and the "T" moves forward and then splits at the top, showing power being directed to the front two wheels. And on the GSX, being AWD, the "X" shows the power being directed to all four corners. I don't think that this is how Mitsu intended them to be translated, but it's an interesting way to look at it. Anyway, just something interesting I read.
1993 Forest Talon AWD - modified
[This message has been edited by ForestTalonAWD (edited September 20, 2000).]
StarQuests were first made in '83. Actually I'm the proud owner of an '87 Conquest TSI.
2.6L 4 cyl. turbo.(thats a BIG 4 banger) the early models had NO intercooler. (but were not TSI's) And in Australia they had SOHC 4G63's instead of G54B's.
The VR-4 On the Galant and 3KGT stands for "Everything four wheels" This is what Mitsu calls it Active Four. Four wheel drive,four wheel steering, four wheel independent suspension, and four wheel anit-lock disc brakes.
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