(There’s no time like the current to RWD swap each FWD machine! -ed.)
I by no means thought the Chevrolet Lumina regarded unhealthy as a two-door, particularly because the Z34. Sloping, aero-ish nostril? Spoiler and physique equipment? The pink striping that indicated that this was a Chevrolet product with sporting intentions? Examine, examine and examine. However they’d one main foul, one downside that simply couldn’t be ignored, irrespective of how a lot I appreciated the form: It was a front-driver with a V6. And never even the loads sporting three,8L supercharged mill…that was nonetheless a number of years out. No, the Z34 was packing the LQ1, a 210-horsepower DOHC three.4L V6 that has a well-earned repute for pissing off mechanics, each skilled and shadetree. I don’t care if you happen to did get one of many uncommon five-speed vehicles, it was nonetheless a front-drive V6 automotive that was actually only a sporting look for an in any other case bland household midsizer.
A part of the rationale why the FWD structure kills the automotive for me is because of what the automotive changed: the G-body Monte Carlo SS because the efficiency coupe within the lineup. Seeing the G-body go away for the likes of the Lumina left a nasty style within the mouths of many gearheads. However GM didn’t thoughts as many a three.4L powered Lumina drove on previous, making the identical flatulent noise all GM V6s make. There was no extra soul, there was solely rudimentary efficiency, and never even NASCAR might maintain me from despising what the automotive stood for. However no less than it regarded good.
Then there’s this magnificence. In contrast to most Luminas, this automotive has a full body, straight from a 1988 Monte Carlo SS. It’s additionally acquired a 406ci small-block, a 700R4 automated, a Ford 9-inch on a four-link setup with four.11 gears, a cage, and a Dakota Digital sprint. There are two exhaust programs, “loud” and “a lot louder”, and we will even forgive the small cowl-induction scooped hood, as a result of it’s most likely essential to tuck the engine fully beneath. And with that, you might have the reply to the query that GM acquired incorrect within the first place again within the late 1980s. The form of the W-body coupe didn’t have to be modified, actually. The chassis simply wanted to be modular. And it wanted the V8 kick that the NASCAR rides promised.
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