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Here Are All the Cars With the Vanity License Plate "TURBO" Across the Country

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author photo by Doug DeMuro January 2017

One of my favorite subjects here on Oversteer is bringing you a list of cars that have a certain automotive-related vanity license plate across the country. Sometimes it's surprising, sometimes it's disappointing, but it's always interesting. And maybe none of these posts have been as interesting as this one: cars with the vanity plate "TURBO."

"TURBO" returns to a vehicle in 37 U.S. states, which is more than usual -- likely because most cars that would reasonably use the plate were made after 1981, which is the cutoff year for my tool that looks these up. If your state isn't listed on here, the TURBO vanity license plate is probably on a car made before 1981 -- or something imported, with an unusual VIN.

Among those 37 states, "TURBO" is on a turbocharged Porsche nine times -- more than any other single vehicle. It's on a 911 Turbo (or a "911" that I can only assume is turbocharged) in seven states, it's on a rather rare 944 Turbo in one state (Indiana) and it's on a Cayenne Turbo in Vermont. Another popular vehicle for the "TURBO" vanity plate is heavy-duty turbodiesel pickup trucks, which have the "TURBO" vanity plate in six states.

After that, it's a bit of a free-for-all.

We'll start with the cars that are clearly not turbocharged. Sorry, TURBO in Virginia, but your 1998 Dodge Durango probably isn't turbocharged. Same goes with Mississippi TURBO's 2011 Nissan Titan, Nebraska TURBO's 1995 Chevy Blazer, and Kansas TURBO's 2000 Ford Escort ZX2. And, I hate to break it to you, Idaho TURBO, but the "Ralliart" moniker on your 2007 Mitsubishi Galant was little more than an appearance package. It certainly didn't come with a turbocharger.

Then there are the cars that are turbocharged - but only technically. I truly can't believe New York "TURBO" is on a 2011 BMW 328xi sedan. Yes, OK, your car is turbocharged. Fine. Same story with Georgia TURBO's 1984 Buick Riviera, whose turbocharged engine made something like 150 horsepower, and New Mexico TURBO's 1989 Ford Probe GT, which had all of 145 horses. And yes, New Hampshire TURBO, I'm sure you're very proud of your EcoBoost Mustang.

Many of the remaining TURBO vanity plates are on interesting, exciting, or unusual vehicles. Although the 1990 Mazda Miata was never turbocharged from the factory, I get the strong sense the one with the "TURBO" vanity plate in Arkansas currently is. I'd love to know why "TURBO" is on a 2008 BMW M3 in Arizona, a 2008 Chevy Corvette in Pennsylvania, or a 2006 Ford GT in Minnesota. And I love that Washington's "TURBO" is on a one-owner BMW 535xiT. In my dreams, that car has three pedals.

Here's the full list of "TURBO" vanity plates so you can check your own state:

Turbo Vanity Plates By State

Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.

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