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If you can't stand the heat, stay out of the 442.
The heat is under the hood and emanates from a 5.0-litre, high-output V8 engine with free breathing, 4-barrel carburetor. Add a four-speed automatic overdrive transmission, plus a 3.73 rear axle ratio, and 442 gets from 0-60 with impressive dispatch. With the leather-wrapped steering wheel in hand, the driver can lean back in the contoured reclining bucket seat and take in the deep-throated grumbling of the low-restriction dual outlet exhaust system -- music to an enthusiasts ears -- in stereo. With Olds quality, that bold 442 look, a full complement of gages, performance-tuned suspension with air adjustable rear shock absorbers, and wide P215/65R15 white outline performance tires, it's little wonder that the driver looks -- and feels -- like a winner. And who's to argue. Olds 442 is one hot number.

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Revised: February 21, 2011.