New for model year 1998, the Intrigue was based on GM’s W-body platform. It replaced the Cutlass Supreme. This was arguably one of the best looking W-bodies ever to leave GM’s production line. It was intended to be an import fighter for Olds, and GM for that matter.
Powering all Intrigues for 1998 was a normally aspirated Buick 3800 V6, rated at 195hp. For model year 1999, the 3800 was still available, but a new optional 3.5L was optional. This engine was loosely based on the Aurora V8, and also had the dual overhead cam valvetrain. The 3.5 was rated at 215hp, but lacked the low end grunt of the 3800. For 2000 onward, the 3.5 was the only engine offered. A special ‘AutoBahn’ package was available for the Intrigue. This included a 3.26 axle ratio, 12 inch brake rotors and H-rated tires. The Intrigue was built through the 2002 model year.
The last cars built were special ‘Final 500’ editions. These received special dark cherry red paint, plus unique wheels, badges, embroidery, and decals. Final 500s are already considered highly collectible.