1981 Toronado

1981 Oldsmobile Toronado What's new for 1981:
For the first time ever, the Toronado had a V6 among the engine choices, the 4.1L 252 Buick V6. It was not very popular among Toronado buyers. The 307 moved to optional status, and the previously optional 350 gas V8 was dropped. There was a new aluminum sport wheel option available, which ended up being 1981 exclusive. Inside, seats had a new ribbed stitching pattern replacing the square biscuit pattern. The full vinyl roof option was dropped, Landau vinyl roof was still offered.
Dimensions and Capacities
Exterior DimensionsCoupe
Overall length (in.)205.6
Wheelbase (in.)114.0
Luggage cap. (cu. ft.)15.2
Fuel tank (gals.)21(gas) / 23(diesel)
Interior DimensionsCoupe
Headroom f/r37.9/37.9
Legroom f/r42.8/39.4
Shoulder room f/r 55.6/55.9
Powertrain Specs
Displacement/Type252ci 4bbl V6307ci 4bbl V8350ci diesel V8
Horsepower n/an/an/a
Transaxle3-speed auto.3-speed auto.3-speed auto.
Identifying an '81:
1980 and 1981 Toronados shared the same grille design consisting of three horizontal slots running the cars width below the headlamps.