Published on January 23rd, 2012 | by BajaBusta2
1991 Chevrolet Lumina Z34 Coupe 5spd Test Drive
Chevrolet’s ‘Z’ nomenclature, from the 80s and 90s hearkened back to the Super Sports of days past. Having Z models in virtually all its model lineup, from Cavalier Z24, Beretta GTZ, Corsica LTZ, all the way up to Camaro Z28, so the Lumina Z34 was an obvious realization. I may be wrong, but the Z34 was the only alphanumeric badging that actually indicated engine displacement, with the exception of later Z24’s. GM’s DOHC 3.4L v-6 was a direct replacement to the Pontiac only 3.1 Turbo, that was seen for one year in the Grand Prix Turbo Coupe, and STE sedan. One thing the Z34 shared with its GM10 platform mate, was the rear wheel hop during hard braking, something they experienced also in the GP from the year prior. While the horsepower ratings seemed low, compared to the turbo it replaced, the power band was much wider. Growing up, my mothers first ever new car was a 92 Olds cutlass International series w/ the same engine, and it was indeed a screamer, revving high and fast, all while remaining smooth. I just wish she hadn’t purchased the early 90s ubiquitous teal hue! What is fun to watch with this video is the rare manual 5speed shifter. When was the last time you saw one of those?