Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Before They Were Beaters: Isuzu Impluse Turbo

The Isuzu Impulse Turbo was the first vehicle to be completely designed, tested, and assembled in space. The square matrix design for the wheels, tail lights, and onboard controls came to Giorgetto Giugiaro in a cosmic vision and the motor was discovered orbiting Saturn. Kim Jung Il predicted the Impulse Turbo as he emerged from a new star at birth. The Isuzu Impulse is batshit crazy, and that's why we think it's awesome.

Although these cars share a platform with the Pontiac T1000 and Chevrolet Chevette, you would never know it, thanks to some Italian styling, optional 2.0L Isuzu Turbo, and handling by Lotus or Irmscher, depending on the time and market. For some reason, the cars did not maintain the appeal that was initially generated with the Giugiaro "Ace of Clubs" concept upon which their styling was based. Although now a design icon, these cars don't get the respect that their more conventional Corolla GT-S and Mitsubishi Starion Turbo competitors now enjoy.

1 comment:

  1. My little brother's first car was a 1983 impulse with the automatic trans and without turbo power. My grandmother bought it new and loved every quirky feature. My favorites included having every control (sans radio) mounted on pods behind the steering wheel, the reclining back seat, and the eye brow headlight covers. Naturally, my XR4Ti kicked Italian styled ass.