Ranking the fastest Oldsmobiles ever made


Old school is cool and Oldsmobile cars can attest to that. The company is now defunct but left a selection of classic cars it produced for over a century. Gone but not forgotten, this American brand is a big part of automotive history and it gifted the world with classic vehicles. It was acquired by General Motors in 1908 and was the first to manufacture fully automatic transmissions under the Hydramatic name. Talk about pioneer! Although a pioneer in the industry, Olds was unable to catch up with its counterparts, especially when the market was flooded with imports in the 90s.

It was the end of an era when Oldsmobile rolled off its assembly line in 2004. Here are some of the fastest cars the company has made, many of which can now only be found in museums or in photos back.

ten 1997 Cutlass Supreme

1997 Cutlass Supreme
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This traditional sedan looks simple and therein lies the appeal. Its V6 engine can deliver 215 hp and can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.5 seconds. It has plenty of standard equipment, which makes driving it simple and hassle-free.

Its sporty look is complemented by a twin overhead cam engine, making it a reliable midsize car. Its dashboard has an effortless layout and the interiors are ergonomic, just like other Olds vehicles. It was the last of the Cutlass family and it made sure to leave a mark.

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9 1995 Aurora

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When it was launched in 1994, the Aurora was equipped with the best GM technology in an effort to revive the struggling Oldsmobile. It remained in production until 2003, making it one of the company’s last nameplates before it went out of business.

Based on the company’s Tube Car concept, the Aurora’s design became standard for its successors like the Alero, Bravada and Eighty-Eight. Equipped with a V8, it can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.3 seconds. This luxury car has been praised for its engine, quality and construction.

8 2002 Bravado

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The Bravada was the only SUV made by Oldsmobile. This all-wheel-drive SUV can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds and is considered one of the manufacturer’s best products.

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The Bravada offers a dynamic driving experience, made possible by its improved handling and its 270 hp. With its power, the Bravada was a testament to Oldsmobile’s hallmarks of quality. Well done, indeed.

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7 1999 Alero GLS Coupe

1999 Alero GLS Coupe
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The Alero was the last model built by Oldsmobile. Part of the brand’s farewell, this coupé is well equipped and has the ergonomic interior, which is usual in most Olds cars. It can start 150 hp and can go from 0 to 60 mph in 7.8 seconds.

This solid car is fitted with a twin-cam engine that helps deliver a smooth driving experience. Add to that good handling properties and balanced braking, the Alero was sure to satisfy as an Olds masterpiece.

6 1998 Intrigue GL

1998 Intrigue GL
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The Intrigue was the successor to the Cutlass Supreme but was inspired by the Aurora. The GL can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.6 seconds. Some of its features include a power-adjustable driver’s seat and a 6-speaker audio system.

The mighty V6 adds to the Intrigue’s superb shifting and solid handling. The interior is also not to be missed, as it is functionally designed and exudes comfort. Plots are good too, as far as Oldsmobile is concerned.

5 1966 Toronade

Oldsmobile Toronado
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The Toronado made history as America’s first front-wheel-drive production car, following in the footsteps of Cord, which closed in 1937. It’s kind of a rebirth and just got even better with speed.

1966 Oldsmobile Toronto
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With 385 hp, it was an extremely powerful car for its time. The 4,500lb weight was no problem at all as this award winning car can accelerate from 0-60mph in 7.5 seconds and great handling to get going. The Toronado is an absolute unit that keeps on giving.

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4 2001 Aurora 3.5

Equipped with a V6, this second-generation Aurora can start from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.4 seconds. The 3.5 has a smaller engine, but it’s capable and combined with light steering, the driving experience is refined.

This agile sedan is a perfect combination of luxury and comfort. The performance is commendable, especially for its price of $30,000 at the time. With 215 hp and soothing interiors, it knows what it’s doing: satisfaction and splendor.

3 1992 Realization SCX W41

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This vehicle from the 90s was then considered Oldsmobile’s most successful compact model. It has an aerodynamic design and can go from 0 to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds.

The SCX is the most competitive of the series and features a 190 hp powertrain, the highest for any GM NA four-cylinder engine at the time. Although fleeting, the Achieva gave it all. An accomplisher though humble.

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2 1994 88LSS

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LSS stands for “Luxury Sports Sedan”, an Oldsmobile offering equipped with a supercharged V6. It can zoom from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.9 seconds. Pleasant.

It’s an ideal family car, thanks to its practical features like power windows. It is also comfortable to drive thanks to its climate control system which has individual settings for each side of the vehicle. Commanding this sedan looks great due to its smooth gear changes and impressive power.

1 1969 Oldsmobile 442

The 442 was Oldsmobile’s fastest offering, going from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.8 seconds. This muscle car can give out up to 390 hp, making it one of the industry leading in its time.

This legendary car was at its peak in 1969, receiving accolades for its incredible handling. It may not be the best muscle car, but it was popular and that’s enough to seal its name as an iconic companion on the road. 442 is for dungeons.

1972 Oldsmobile 442 W30 front quarter

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