Oldsmobile Achieva SCX W41
Despite the limited sales of the original W41 Cutlass in 1991, Oldsmobile knew the 2.3-liter four-cylinder had potential to be more than a footnote in car history. They discontinued the Cutlass Calais for 1992 and replaced it with the new Achieva model. So, their engineers decided to introduce another W41 model and develop the concept of a compact front-wheel-drive sports car further.
For the 1992 and 1993 model years, Oldsmobile offered the SCX W41 model. It was the last W-named performance version they ever built. They based the SCX W41 heavily on the previous model. It featured the same 190 HP, 2.3-liter engine that revved to 7,200 rpm. However, they improved the design, as well as the interior equipment.
They also made some changes to the suspension and brakes. The biggest improvement was the five-speed manual gearbox they developed especially for this model. The SCX W41 was the quickest car in its segment. But, despite its qualities, it still flew under the radar of most enthusiasts, selling just 1,600 of them.