Unfortunately, it's "gutless" with a 2.3L 4-cylinder.
88HP is torture, but it's a fun car to drive around town and it gets more attention than any other car I've ever owned.
Ah, memories. My mom's '82 Fairmont Futura was similarly gutless with its 2.3 and automatic. Beige on beige, too, with AM-only radio.
The car was actually fine while we lived in the flatlands of Nebraska, but moving to Colorado and its many elevation changes really began to tax the poor Fairmont - and my mother.
She traded it in on a Colt Vista 4WD wagon (anyone remember those?), though the Dodge dealer was rather reluctant to offer much in value.
In summation, the Fairmont with the Four: dead reliable, deadly slow.