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Shelby Omni GLH-S (1986)


Shelby Omni GLH-S (1986)

Compacts made a big impact as soon as the VW Rabbit (Golf in Europe) debuted in 1975. Chrysler fought back in 1977 with its European-acquired Talbot, altering it for the US market and calling it the Omni. It was significant as it was the first front-wheel drive compact from a US manufacturer. Things hotted up when VW launched the GTi, but Dodge fought back with their 1984 134ci (2.2-liter) Omni GLH, tuned by Carroll Shelby. A year on they turbocharged the engine for 146bhp (109kW), then in 1986 released just 500 of their hottest version: the GLH-S. It ran an intercooler and different intake for the extra power and could do the quarter-mile in 14.9 seconds. Strut suspension with uprated springs and shocks made it handle like a dream, but torque steer was a problem under boost, barely controllable with the 205/50 Goodyear Eagle tyres.

Shelby Omni GLH-S (1986) Specifications

Top speed:130 mph (208 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):6.4 sec
Engine type:In-line four
Displacement:135 ci (2,212 cc)
Transmission:5-speed manual
Max power:175 bhp (130 kW) @ 5,200 rpm
Max torque:168 lb ft (227 Nm) @ 3,600 rpm
Weight:2,300 lb (1,045 kg)
Economy:20 mpg (7.08 km/I)
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