com Music gm’s. Oldsmobile division is working hard to escape its past. After a decade of less than inspired products, the gang at olds is turning things around and, for the last few years has been producing cars more in tune with the modern marketplace. Even the company’s recent advertising slogan. This is not your father’s oldsmobile has served to point out the division’s more youthful direction. The only thing missing from the revitalized olds lineup has been a proper sports coupe, at least until now. This is the oldsmobile achiva sc, the newest model from a company that’s come a long way in a few years and promises to go a whole lot further. If the word achievement was the inspiration for the achiva moniker than oldsmobile is close on target. The achiva, which replaces the cutlass calais on which it is based, is oldsmobile’s new contender in the crowded compact segment, utilizing the same in car platform that is used for the pontiac grand am and buick skylark. The achiva lineup is available in two body: styles, a two door: coupe and four door, sedan, four trim levels and four different engines. We tested the mid level sc coupe. As with any serious contender, a strong punch is necessary and so is looking the part. The achiva sc swing at styling is sleek, attractive and much less controversial than its cousins, but this design is a bold step for oldsmobile, beginning with our test. Car’S trendy, bright aqua, metallic color oldsmobile also dispensed with formality in a sportier version of its trademark, waterfall grill, that is split by the sloping hood other contemporary touches on our sc coupe, include wrap around headlights, beefy body, colored, bumpers, that blend into protective side panels and Most noticeably a more graceful roof line that slopes to a rounded rear, with working lip spoiler, completing the look of the front wheel, drive achieva sc are 16 inch turbine style, Legierung, wheels and eagle gt plus 4 Reifen.
The punch for our chiva sc comes from oldsmobile’s popular but noisy 2.3 liter quad 4 high output engine. It makes 180 horsepower and 160 pound feet of torque. It is only available with a 5 speed manual transmission. A smooth 3.3 liter v6 is available as an option, but only with a three speed automatic transmission on the test track. The quad 4h0 moves the achieva from 0 An 60 In 8.3 seconds and takes the quarter mile in 16.5 seconds with a final speed of 87 Meilen pro Stunde. Both times were slightly slower than the grand am gt we tested earlier, like the gt. The sc’s 5 speed offered a light, crisp feel with short throws and little notchiness. The quad 4 ho pulls well for a four cylinder from off. The line to redline power is delivered smartly when it comes to the suspension, Jedoch, olds has tuned the sc more for ride than handling with struts in front and a trailing beam axle in the rear. Archiva made reasonable work of our slalom front. Push, Jedoch, is in the moderate range and the power steering gives no feedback more aggressive turn in maneuvers produced a twitchy but manageable rear, anti lock brakes are standard on all achievas and they helped bring our sc to a straight stop from 60 miles per hour and An average 123 Füße, but the brakes were brand new, so even shorter stopping distances can be expected. The achiva’s 103.4 inch wheelbase longer than that of a toyota camry does produce a very comfortable highway ride.
Adjustable suspension is available on the sc at extra cost, but ours didn’t have it and we didn’t miss it. Jedoch, thanks to the loud quad 4h0, the ride is anything but quiet. We recorded 72 decibels at 60 miles per hour again, if it’s quiet you like order, the v6 more positive was the fuel economy estimated by the epa at 22 city and 31 highway. Our mixed driving loop result of 26 ist ziemlich gut. Given the achieva’s power, the achiva’s interior design is cockpit oriented, functional and a delight to see and use there’s a full spread of analog gauges that are big round and easy to read a big improvement over all other current oldsmobiles. The seats are comfortable and supportive. The six way power adjust is an option. Travel of the tilt steering wheel is very good and airbags are not available within easy reach of the driver are the large rotary controls that operate. The achiva’s climate control system located immediately below is the delco am fm stereo cassette. It too is easy to use by a busy driver. Sound quality from the four speaker system is fine and we appreciated the convenient cup holder. das 60 40 split bench, rear seat is comfortable, but adult size, head and leg room is marginal. Auch, the rear bulkhead slightly impedes interior access to the trunk through the folding cushions. A more conventional entry, Jedoch, exposes a large cargo area with about one cubic foot more space than the calais prices for the achieva start at twelve thousand seven hundred fifteen dollars for the s grade, coupe, accelerating to sixteen thousand six hundred.
Seventy six dollars for our sc version, the base price for the chrysler lebaron gtc coupe, is about six hundred dollars less the chrysler comes standard with a v6 and five speed manual, but trails, the achieva and handling and body stiffness, as well as ride and anti lock Brakes are an extra cost option. The achieva’s hits included sporty good, looks cockpit style, interior, good ride and fuel economy. Given its 180 Ps, engine misses include the noise from that quad 4h0 engine numb steering and the lack of a four speed automatic transmission on the v6. In our safety check, we find no airbags for the achiva sc, but it does have rear shoulder belts and standard anti lock brakes. The achiva is further proof that oldsmobile has found a youthful form it’s unfortunate that they had to share the achieva with other divisions. Andernfalls, we think major lapses, such as no airbags and the beam rear suspension would have been corrected.