11. Oldsmobile Achieva SCX W41
Despite the limited sales of the original W41 Cutlass in 1991, Oldsmobile knew the 2.3-liter four-cylinder had the potential to be more than just a footnote in their history. Since they discontinued the Cutlass Calais in 1992 and replaced it with the all-new Achieva model, Oldsmobile decided to introduce another W41 model.
The goal was to 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-version Oldsmobile ever built, based the SCX W41 on the previous model. It featured the same 190 HP, 2.3-liter engine that revved to 7,200 rpm. The design was improved as well as the interior equipment.
Also, they made some changes to the suspension and brakes. But 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, so Olds only sold 1,600 of them and added it to the long list of car flops.