Dodge Conquest

Perhaps Dodge named their new automobile the Conquest because that is what they felt like they were on – a conquest to capture the sports car market. The Conquest was more or less a version of the Starion, which was sold by the Chrysler Corporation from 1984 to 1989. The Conquest was also sold under both the Dodge and Plymouth names until 1986. Thereafter, Chrysler sold the Conquest under its own name from 1987 until 1989. The Conquest came to an end when it was replaced with the Dodge Stealth as the Starion was replaced with the Mitsubishi 3000GT. The Dodge Conquest was a three-door, turbocharged four-cylinder rear-wheel drive sports car that sat five. In total, it was produced from 1982 until 1990. This model is considered to be one of the originators of the contemporary Japanese turbocharged performance automobile genre. At the time of the Conquest's appearance in 1982 Japanese Grand Tourer sports cars were increasing in popularity. This was a wise decision by Dodge to launch to the marketplace a model that could compete with other models such as the Porsche 924 Turbo, the Nissan 300ZX Turbo and the Toyota Supra. The Conquest's turbocharged four-cylinder engine facilitated its competitiveness. But, it seems that it was in the end not competitive enough. Nevertheless, despite poor sales figures, the Conquest was received well by the automotive media who typically saw it as the forerunner in the turbocharger era. During the production years, it was produced in both a narrow body and wide body design. The design was quite robust leading to very few changes over the years. Only simple improvements mark the difference from one model to the next. For example, in the United States market, there was only one major change when the car was upgraded to features an intercooler. Not bad for a Dodge, given their history of rapidly changing over models.