The 1989-1990 Ford Thunderbird Super Coupe was the successor to the Turbo Coupe as the hotshot T-Bird in 1989's new 11th generation. It was still a closed five-seater, but broader of beam, five inches longer in wheelbase, and some 300 pounds heavier. The Thunderbird's old 2.3-liter turbo four was junked in favor of a newly supercharged 3.8 V-6 with 20-60 more horsepower.

1990 Ford Thunderbird Super Coupe, the sucessor to the Thunderbird Turbo Coupe
1990 Ford Thunderbird Super Coupe.  See more pictures of classic cars.

The Thunderbird Super Coupe came with manual five-speed and automatic four-speed transmissions, all-disc antilock brakes, auto-adjusting shock absorbers, and uprated rolling stock as before; independent rear suspension on this model was a first for the T-Bird. Styling for this model was simpler and more graceful, although it was made racier on the SC via perimeter lower-body skirts, twin-venturi front bumper, and debossed I.D. lettering on both bumpers.

The Thunderbird Super Coupe's cabin was plusher than ever, enhanced by a new low-profile dash. The Super Coupe was criticized by road-testers (and admitted by Ford) as too heavy for real agility, but it had lots of cornering "stick" and smooth, rapid acceleration.

The Super Coupe was not a super-seller in the troubled late-'80s market, but its low volume plus its many laudable qualities argue for it as a future collectible. A handful of special 35th Anniversary 1989 models may have a slight value edge.

Pluses of the 1989-1990 Ford Thunderbird Super Coupe:

  • An American BMW 6-Series
  • Fast mover (under 8 seconds 0-60)
  • Secure, "beefy" steering/handling
  • ABS brakes
  • Luxurious

Minuses of the 1989-1990 Ford Thunderbird Super Coupe:

  • Heavy and thirsty
  • Manual shift a chore
  • Trunk and back-seat space limited
  • Some interior trim tacky

Specifications of the 1989-1990 Ford Thunderbird Super Coupe:
Wheelbase, inches: 113.0
Length, inches: 198.7
Weight, pounds: approx. 3,600
Price, new: $20,000-$23,000

Engines for the 1989-1990 Ford Thunderbird Super Coupe:

TypeSize
Horsepower
Years
ohv V-6*232 cid210-2301989-1995

*Supercharged

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