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In 1997, Oldsmobile introduced the mid-size sedan Intrigue, trying to defeat the Camrys, Accords, and Maximas, and offered a fresh design that was meant to attract younger generations than the regular Olds' customers.

It was a big struggle for GM to keep the century-old brand on the market and try to lower the building costs. For that, it employed the Chevrolet Impala's platform. Moreover, it promoted it via the X-files movie. But, unfortunately, not even in its best year, the Intrigue couldn't pass the 100,000 units sold mark.

Penned during the biodesign years, the Intrigue sported rounded shapes all over the place. It featured elongated, horizontal headlights with corner-mounted turn signals and a grille moved in the lower bumper area. That latter design idea led to overheating problems during rush hours. On highways, on the other hand, the curved areas helped it get a decent fuel efficiency. The carmaker tried to make wider taillights at the back, but that led to narrower access to the trunk.

Unlike the exterior, which was penned by Brigid O'Kane, the interior was imagined by Pete Lawlis. He followed the same ideas of the biodesign theme. The rounded shapes dominated the dashboard, but the air vents looked like they were from four different cars. Neither one of them resembled another. The front bucket seats were separated by the tall center console and the armrest covering a storage compartment. On the center stack, Lawlis cluttered the area with buttons and switches for the radio and the HVAC system. But, at least, he arranged an interior that could accommodate five people inside. However, the rear bench was more appropriate for two.

Under the hood, GM installed a choice of two V6 engines, both mated to a four-speed automatic transmission.

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OLDSMOBILE Intrigue 3.5

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.5
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
3473 cm3
Power
160 KW @ 5600 RPM
218 HP @ 5600 RPM
215 BHP @ 5600 RPM
Torque
230 lb-ft @ 4400 RPM
312 Nm @ 4400 RPM
Fuel System
Electronic Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
126 mph (203 km/h)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
Automatic, 4 Speed
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
P225/60 R16
DIMENSIONS
Length
195.6 in (4968 mm)
Width
73.6 in (1869 mm)
Height
56.6 in (1438 mm)
Front/rear Track
62.1/61.7 in (1,577/1,567 mm)
Wheelbase
109 in (2769 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.7 in (145 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3435 lbs (1558 kg)

OLDSMOBILE Intrigue 3.8

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.8
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
3791 cm3
Power
145 KW @ 5200 RPM
198 HP @ 5200 RPM
194 BHP @ 5200 RPM
Torque
220 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
298 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Electronic Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
126 mph (203 km/h)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
Automatic, 4 Speed
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
DIMENSIONS
Length
195.6 in (4968 mm)
Width
73.6 in (1869 mm)
Height
56.6 in (1438 mm)
Front/rear Track
62.1/61.7 in (1,577/1,567 mm)
Wheelbase
109 in (2769 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3580 lbs (1624 kg)
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