I agree, I have been in a reliant before and they are SLOW. The person driving had it floored off the line and not much happened, sure the engine was going like crazy, just not pumping much power out. It lost speed when we went up a little hill (again, with the pedal pinned) They are very durable, but fast? No way!
The very first car that I ever had was a K car and I loved it! Sure I looked like a little old lady getting after her groceries, but it made a great first car. The only problem I ever had with the car was something to do with an idle control valve, I believe. But that was only after I decided to proceed around a curve too fast and wrecked my "Smurf". (That was the name my friends gave my car - it was a light metallic blue color)
Quick off of the line, are you serious? The car has a horrible lag and a terrible power gap. I can feel the difference in power if I have more than just me in the car. Still, the car's a tank, a real tank. She takes a lickin and keeps on kicking.
A 2.5 litre turbo? Stock? I don't think so. However, cars don't come more reliable. Mine went 253,000 miles before a head gasket blew. That, combined with a rear main oil leak and some rust, didn't make repairs cost effective. I wish my present station car was as reliable.
HI; The 1987 Reliant station wagon was produced with a turbo in it for the US government. A total of 7. One came up on Ebay in 2004, another is owned by a guy who updated the turbo setup to the Turbo3 spec and regularly gets 10.8 second runs on the 1/4 mile, blowing every Camaro and Corvette off the road he finds. I own an '87 that I bought this fall for $250 with 55,000 miles on it. I am in the process of getting it ready for the road. Had to replace the radiator, rear brake lines, all fuel lines, patch front floor boards, repair both rocker panels (JC WHitney sells them and they are easy to install). Love the 2.2 engine. Had one in our '83 Reliant 5 Spd wagon which lasted 167,00 miles with normal maintenance. We regularly go 34MPG with it and my wife still misses "her" wagon.