I really wish I had some answers, but every time I look at this thing, it raises more questions. If you were going to make a car have a truck bed, why would you use a car that already has a bed? And what is that thing behind the rear window? Why were the taillights painted over like that and then sort of wiped away? Why the primer stripe down the tailgate? Why the green roof? And most importantly, just …why?
If you don’t count the M1 (yes, the M1, not the 1M), the 8-series was far and away the best BMW ever. I mean, look at that thing. It’s beautiful. Ok, sure, this one’s only got the 5.0 V12 with 292hp and most family sedans from today will keep up with it. But would any of them do it with anywhere near the style this thing has?
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Ok, well… I apologize, I thought I had pictures of the outside of this thing but I can’t find them anywhere so I guess I don’t have any. But it’s still pretty interesting to see what’s going on under the hood and inside the truck. That “Battery Managerial System” is cool looking.
I wish I knew more about the car and if I ever see it again I’ll get some information from the owner but for now just enjoy the pictures and use your imagination.
Although I’ll admit they don’t get my blood pumping quite like the rear drive, DeLorean-raped-by-a-Scirocco, super Giugiaro-ey design, the second gen Impulses were still very cool cars.
For the 1990 model, Isuzu really did step things up to try and make the new car better than the previous one. GM held their newly acquired Lotus engineers at gunpoint and forced them to build Isuzu a better handling suspension setup than what was on the old car. All wheel drive was now offered, and the turbo model was up 20 horses, although it still only manged to crank out 160 of them.
The exterior styling of the car is pretty interesting. Basically, Isuzu was trying to make the car look as European as they could, and I think they did a pretty good job at that. The headlights definitely have a distinctive look to them.
I don’t know how many Impulses were sold in this wagonback style, but I would have to imagine they made up a fairly low percentage of the car’s sales. According to Wikipedia, there were only 2,300 Impulses still registered as of 2010, making this car a pretty rare sight. I think it’s funny that this particular car not only tows something, it does it with enough regularity that the owner has actually bothered to install a permanent connector for the trailer lights. Poor car. I feel especially sorry for the this car because I know the turbo motor was only offered on the coupe, so this thing must be doing some real struggling anytimepretty much anything is put behind it. As much as I hate to think about such a cool car being abused, I also love to see one actually being used, so I still feel OK about it though.
I just hope the owner’s got the stock wheels stored somewhere safe.
“All show and no go” is the calling card of the lowrider movement. The minitruck subculture within the lowrider culture itself epitomizes this idea. Take a compact truck equipped with an inline four cylinder engine or V6 and modify the suspension and body to the point that the vehicle is no longer useful for hauling or towing for the sole purpose of attracting attention. Some of these vehicles are a marvel of home-brewed engineering, and that I can respect, even if I don’t like the look.
However, this vehicle is a testament to the opposite side of that culture. One where ricer parts intermix with ones from domestic luxury vehicles. “Stance” is king, and poor workmanship runs rampant. There is nothing about this vehicle that says that the owner cares for it at all other than the somewhat tidy bondo and primer job. The police sticker is just icing on the cake, I suppose.
These are the few times that I love how everyone not from Arizona is attracted here almost magnetically, such as it’s original residents are in turn repelled away. It makes more room for things like this.