LAS VEGAS - Three high-powered concept vehicles introduced here last week by Oldsmobile could eventually reach dealer showrooms.
Oldsmobile unveiled custom versions of its Alero and Intrigue cars and Silhouette minivan during last week's Specialty Equipment Market Association show. The division called the three concepts the Oldsmobile Specialty Vehicle series or OSV.
Karen Francis, Oldsmobile general marketing manager, clearly wants the vehicles in the division's lineup, but she could not say when that might happen.
Francis said GM wants to get people's reaction to the vehicles before it makes a decision.
The OSV Alero coupe's supercharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine produces 230 hp and 230 pounds-feet of torque, both about 50 percent more than the base Alero engine.
Oldsmobile also boosted the output of the base engines in the other two lines: In the OSV Intrigue, that is accomplished with an Eaton 62 supercharger; in the OSV Silhouette, modified intake and exhaust manifolds get the credit.
All three are painted candy-apple red. Their seats are lower, and all three have ground effects and Recaro Style seats.
Although GM touts Oldsmobile as its Japanese import fighter, Oldsmobile executives at the OSV introduction twice compared the division to Germany's BMW AG.
As he introduced the OSV Intrigue, Peter Kosak, Oldsmobile manager of strategic planning, called the concept car 'a very serious, very sophisticated sedan in the vein of the best BMW.'
Later, when asked if Oldsmobile's Alero, Intrigue and Aurora look too much alike, Francis compared Oldsmobile's lineup to BMW's: 'When you see (an Oldsmobile) driving down the road, you know it's an Oldsmobile, like with BMW.'