In 1992, Oldsmobile introduced the Achieva to replace the Calais. The Achieve shared the identical front-wheel drive compact body, 103.4-inch-wheelbase GM N platform as the Buick Skylark and the Pontiac Grand Am. Produced until 1998, the Achieva was available in four trim levels, S and SL in both 2 and 4-door models, along with the sporty SC and SCX coupes.
The SCX was a high performance variation of the SC. This version came equipped with the highest output naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine GM has ever produced, the W41. This engine was specifically complimented by a specially built Getrag 5-speed with a special differential that transferred torque to a wheel with the most traction. The available engines were the high output version of the 2.3 L Quad 4, low output version of the Quad 2.3 L Quad 4 and the 3.1 L V6.
The S was standard with a 120-horsepower 2.3-liter OHC 4-cylinder. Optional on the S model was a 160-horsepower four while it was standard on the SL. A 160-horsepower 3.3-liter V6 model was optional on the SL. The Achieva SC coupe came with a High Output 180-horsepower four that was mated with a 5-speed manual. For both the 160-horsepower four and the V6 offered a 3-speed automatic provided as an optional gearbox. All Oldsmobile Achieva models featured standard antilock brakes.
In 1997, the Achieva was last sold to dealerships and leftover 1997 sedans were sold to rental fleets for 1998 before it was replaced by the Alero in 1999.By Jessica Donaldson