General Motors did its best to try and keep things distinct between its many divisions during the 1980s, but “cookie cutter” cars become the norm.
However, in 1990, that was supposed to change with the introduction of the GM10, or W-body, vehicles. Between the W-bodies, Chevrolet, Pontiac, Buick and Oldsmobile would receive a family sedan, though each slightly different.
While the Lumina played breadwinner, Pontiac received the Grand Prix with an optional turbocharged four-cylinder and Buick played the luxury game with the Regal sedan, featuring the tried-and-true 3800 V6 engine as an option. But, it was Oldsmobile, the experimental division, that had the most interesting W-body vehicle in the 1990 Cutlass Supreme.
Not only did it arguably wear its styling the best, especially from the rear, but it also received a high-output, four-cylinder engine mated to a manual gearbox. That’s nearly unheard of by American automaker standards, especially in 1990.