Yes, The Isuzu Impulse with 'Handling by Lotus' Was a Thing

The automotive greats are generally very well known – the Ford Mustangs, the Chevrolet Corvettes, the Porsche 911s – but in the shadow of such towering nameplates, many a remarkable car is lost to history. Guess which category the Isuzu Impulse falls under? Right.  The original 1980's Impulse (née Piazza) was designed in Italy, built in Japan, backed by an American auto giant, and fettled with by the Brits – an absolute world product. This second-generation 1990 Impulse XS lacks the luster of its angular forefather, but with the memorable 'Handling by Lotus' package, it's still quite a rare bird. Interested? It's up for sale on eBay. RELATED: The 1980's Isuzu Impulse is a thing of sheer beauty As with many great autos, the Impulse's birth begins with the stroke of a pen. In this case, Italian design legend Giorgetto Giugiaro's pen. Isuzu approached Giugiaro to draft a replacement for the long-lived 117 Coupe, and in 1979 Giugiaro came up with his striking 'Ace of Clubs' concept. It was a looker and in 1980 it was pressed into Japanese production as the Piazza/Impulse. Despite the space-age looks, the original Impulse sat atop a modified General Motors T-body platform, of Chevette and Opel Kadett fame. That was of no worry, though. At the time GM owned Lotus, a company that surely knows how to tune a car chassis. In 1988 Lotus did, donating 'Handling by Lotus' in the form of softer springs, stiffer dampers, and uprated sway bars to the Impulse. RELATED: Check out photos of the 1990's Isuzu Impulse Sharing a front-drive platform with the Geo Storm, a new Impulse was born in 1990. It packed a punchy 1.6-liter turbocharged engine (in the RS), optional all-wheel drive, and a fitting new Lotus-tuned suspension package. It didn't have the same visual appeal of the first-gen Piazza/Impulse, but it does remain an interesting multi-national team effort of car design. This 1990 Isuzu Impulse XS totes the base 1.6-liter engine with 120,000 miles on the odometer, but it looks fairly clean and has coexisted with one owner during its 25-year life span. You don't see these everyday. RELATED: Check out photos of the legendary 'Ace of Clubs' Concept ____________________________________ Click Here to Read the Original Article on BoldRide

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