I saw a cherry red 1990-91 Olds 442 pass me on the freeway yesterday. I remarked that that POS would make an excellent entry at next week's Concours de Lemons. Then I thought-- I assume that compact coupe has a Quad 4 engine. So how did GM get away with calling it a 442, a legendary 1960s muscle car?
Well, the original 442 got its name from its 4 barrel carb, 4 speed transmission, and 2 exhaust pipes.
And the newer model? 4 cylinders, 4 valves per cylinder, 2 camshafts. Weak.