A sad year for Tempo / Topaz fans. Due to extremely poor selling (some cars sitting on dealer?s lots for over nine months); the Tempo GLS, Topaz XR5 and Topaz LTS were dropped from the roster. This left the Tempo GL and LX, and the Topaz GS and LS as the only remaining models.
|Tempo 2-door & 4-door *||154,762|
|*data not broken down into 2- and 4-door|
With the demise of the GLS / XR5 / LTS, all of the unique exterior styling features of these models were gone as well (with a few exceptions). Gone was the unique front bumper with integrated fog lamps. Gone was the unique rear bumper with exhaust cut out. Gone was the unique dual-tip exhaust tip. The side sill extensions and 1-piece rear spoiler remained on the option sheet, but only in the Canadian market. These pieces were part of the Sport package that was available on the Tempo GL 2-door and Topaz GS 2-door.
On the inside, much of everything remained unchanged. Gone was the 120 MPH speedometer in the US market. The 200 KPH speedometer became standard equipment in the Sports Instrument Cluster for Canadian market cars. The only new additions were a leather-wrapped shift knob for all 5-speed equipped cars, and a standard cup holder in the consolette (located just forward of the shifter).
Powertrain choices continued on unchanged for 1993. The 2.3L HSC engine and MTX-III transaxle were the standard engine/trans combo for all models. Horsepower was 96 HP @ 4400 rpm, and torque came in 127 lb-ft @ 2200 rpm. Optional on all models was the 3.0L Vulcan V6. Power output was a healthy 130 HP @ 4800 rpm, and torque was good for 150 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm. All V6 engines featured a stainless-steel exhaust system.
Standard MTX-III 5-speeds had a final drive ratio of 3.33:1, with the optional MTX-IV (only available on V6 models) had a 3.52:1 final drive ratio. Optional on both engines was the 3-speed FLC automatic with a 3.26:1 final drive.
Ride & Handling
The base suspension continues on unchanged for 1992. This suspension was available on the Tempo GL and the Topaz GS. Also moving into this year, unchanged, is the Touring Suspension. This suspension was standard on the Tempo LX and Topaz LS.
Because of the loss of the Tempo GLS, Topaz XR5, and Topaz LTS; the sports suspension package was dropped this year. The 15? aluminum rims were no longer available.