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Olds Quad 4

The 1991-1993 W41 was the highest output Quad 4
and was only available in the Oldsmobile family of cars.

by Wild About Cars Staff

25 Years Ago Oldsmobile introduced the Quad 4 - a superbly modern DOHC 4 cylinder. With direct port injection, computer controls for timing and fuel delivery, it precursored all the things we take for granted in 21st Century auto engine. But it was a very radical approach at the time, and it was so good - it appeared in all of GM's cars except for Cadillac.

And it was a hot rod - with 4 into one exhaust headers and a very free flowing intake. Delivering 180 PHP from 2.3 Liters (consider, it would have produced over 350 HP in 5.0 L V8 form which was considered), the engine produced very lively performance in from the day it was produced until production ceased in 2002. An Olds only W-41 version generated 190 HP for the Olds Acheva SCX.

The Quad 4 also powered the Olds record-breaking Aerotech.

First released to the public as regular production option for the 1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais and Pontiac Grand Am, the engine's availability expanded to Buick in late 1988 and Chevrolet in 1990, after which it became a mainstay in GM's lineup.

And as a little sidebar - just know that the heritage of the Quad 4 goes all the way back to the Olds OW 43 developed in 1971!

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