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The second generation of the Oldsmobile Aurora lasted only three years before GM dismissed it due to its low sales, despite being better at anything than its predecessor.

When Oldsmobile introduced the Aurora lineup, it tried to offer an upscale model to compete with other premium vehicles. On the second generation, it altered the strategy and made it closer to the sport sedan market. But the carmaker forgot to adjust the design accordingly. Instead, it tried to sell a premium-looking vehicle with a sporty drivetrain, which didn't end well.

The car's look featured the same unusual front fascia that sported horizontal, narrow headlights with rounded endings and a closed panel between them. Oldsmobile had to rely on the bumper-mounted lower grille to cool the engine, which didn't look too sporty. Designed in the full era of bio-design trend, the Aurora featured long, curved lines over the bodywork with slightly enlarged front and rear fenders. Its cab-forward look and sloped rear window created an image of a melted car rather than a sharp, sporty one.

Inside, Oldsmobile used its experience to create a comfortable, luxurious-looking interior. The fine leather upholstery and walnut veneers could suit any Cadillac or other premium brand but didn't match a sport sedan. In the instrument cluster, the designers considered that black dials and white needles could fit the owners' needs except that they needed better eyes, and most of the Oldsmobile's customers were not that young anymore.

Under the hood, the Aurora received a new, 3.5-liter V-6 in addition to the already known 4.0-liter V-8. Oldsmobile paired both of them with a four-speed automatic gearbox.

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OLDSMOBILE Aurora 2000 - 2003
  2 gasoline engines
  • 3.5L V6 4AT (215 HP)
  • 4.0L V8 4AT (250 HP)

OLDSMOBILE Aurora 3.5L V6 4AT (215 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.5L V6 4AT (215 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
3473 cm3
Power
160 KW @ 5600 RPM
218 HP @ 5600 RPM
215 BHP @ 5600 RPM
Torque
260 lb-ft @ 4400 RPM
353 Nm @ 4400 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
126 mph (203 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
8 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Discs
DIMENSIONS
Length
199.3 in (5062 mm)
Width
72.9 in (1852 mm)
Height
56.7 in (1440 mm)
Front/rear Track
62.3/62.3 in (1,582/1,582 mm)
Wheelbase
112.2 in (2850 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.9 in (150 mm)
Cargo Volume
14.9 cuFT (422 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.32
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3627 lbs (1645 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
17 mpg US (13.8 L/100Km)
Highway
25 mpg US (9.4 L/100Km)

OLDSMOBILE Aurora 4.0L V8 4AT (250 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  4.0L V8 4AT (250 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
3995 cm3
Power
186.4 KW @ 5600 RPM
253.5 HP @ 5600 RPM
250 BHP @ 5600 RPM
Torque
260 lb-ft @ 4400 RPM
353 Nm @ 4400 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
135 mph (217 km/h)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Discs
DIMENSIONS
Length
199.3 in (5062 mm)
Width
72.9 in (1852 mm)
Height
56.7 in (1440 mm)
Front/rear Track
62.3/62.3 in (1,582/1,582 mm)
Wheelbase
112.2 in (2850 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.9 in (150 mm)
Cargo Volume
14.9 cuFT (422 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.32
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3803 lbs (1725 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
15 mpg US (15.7 L/100Km)
Highway
23 mpg US (10.2 L/100Km)
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