The Isuzu Impulse RS
The awd sport compact you wish you knew about
In the early 1990s the unwieldy conglomeration of car companies owned by GM built something very special. Picture a small 2,700 lb all wheel drive turbocharged coupe with a suspension tuned by Lotus, and a price tag of only $15,000. The engine was built and designed by a crack team of Japanese engineers, while the important fine tuning of the chassis was done by a company whose reputation was built on cars that handle well. This match made in heaven occurred when a team of engineers from the recently acquired Isuzu approached Lotus and offered to design them an engine if they would help chassis tune a car. This inter-company bartering resulted in the creation of the Isuzu Impulse RS the AWD sport compact we all forgot about.