Fun Facts about the Eagle Talon
- The Eagle Talon was one of three "DSM" vehicles manufactured under the Eagle marquee. DSM stands for Diamond-Star Motors, whose two other halo vehicles were two equally popular cars-the short-lived Plymouth Laser and the long-standing Mitsubishi Eclipse.
- DSM was a joint venture of car giants Chrysler and Mitsubishi. It got its name from a combination of the logos of the two parent companies: a pentastar from Chrysler and three diamonds from Mitsubishi. Unlike Plymouth, however, the Eagle Talon avoided the Chrysler Corporation's "pentastar" logo and instead featured an eagle's head on the car's fascia.
- The Plymouth Laser received more advertisement time and was slightly more upscale than its sibling, the Eagle Talon. In spite of this, the Talon beat the Laser in terms of units sold after the cars' introduction in 1990. Their first year of production was the last year the Plymouth Laser led in sales-from 1991 to 1994, the Talon beat the Laser by almost 20,000 units.
- The Plymouth Laser was outlasted by its sibling car, the Eagle Talon, despite the former being advertised heavily. Dubbed the "First Plymouth of the 1990s," the Laser had a series of promotional commercials that featured popular R&B singer Tina Turner. However, the short-lived Laser was discontinued after only five years, while the Eagle Talon stayed in production until 1998 and continued its success through the late 1990s.
- Eagle Talons became very popular in the sport-compact tuning realm because of their excellent performance and handling. In 1992, the successful Archer Brothers racing team bagged five consecutive SCCA World Challenge trophies using Eagle Talons. They won first place in every SCCA event that year, earning a record of 1-2 in seven straight races and garnering pole position in all eight outings. Up to now, there is still a significant number of aftermarket car part manufacturers who offer performance parts for Talons of all years.
- The Eagle Talon has been featured in several video games, including the popular franchise Gran Turismo and the Forza Motorsport series. In 2001, the first installment of the successful movie franchise The Fast and the Furious featured a modified 1992 Eagle Talon.