14. Oldsmobile Achieva SCX
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 Oldsmobile history. Since they discontinued the Cutlass Calais for 1992, replacing it with the all-new Achieva model, engineers decided to introduce another W41 model.
They wanted to develop the concept of a compact front-wheel-drive sports car further. So for the 1992 and 1993 model years, Oldsmobile offered the SCX W41 model. It was the last W-named performance version Oldsmobile ever built.
They heavily based the SCX W41 on the previous model featuring the same 190 HP, 2.3-liter engine that revved to 7,200 rpm. They improved the design as well as the interior equipment, making changes to the suspension and brakes. But the biggest improvement was the five-speed manual gearbox Oldsmobile developed especially for this model.
The SCX W41 was the quickest car in its segment. But sadly, regardless of its qualities, the SCX W41 still flew under the radar of most drivers, only selling 1,600 examples.