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The '1986 Shelby GLH-S' was a modified Dodge Omni GLH, with all changes made at the Shelby factory. They were retitled as Shelby Automobiles cars sold at select Dodge dealerships. GLH stood for "Goes Like Hell" and GLHS stood for Goes Like Hell Som'more (Seriously!). Just 500 were made.

All cars came from Dodge painted single stage black (no clear coat). Dash plaques used a 3-digit serial numbering system (as only 500 were made).

The Turbo I engine was modified with pre-production pieces from what would become the Turbo II engine. These changes included an intercooler and other changes to produce 175 hp (130 kW) and a flat 175 ftlbf (237 Nm) torque curve. Not included were any of the durability changes to the short block (forged crank, full floating pin, stouter connecting rods, etc.) of the 1987 Chrysler Turbo II engine. Luckily, the Shelby engines have proved to be reliable even without the durability enhancements of the production Turbo II. Performance was impressive, with just 6.5 s needed for 060 mph (97 km/h) and 14.8 s for the quarter mile (402 m) run. Top speed was 130 mph (209 km/h).

Shelby Automobiles received the first T-2 induction pieces (prior to Dodge/Chrysler), and installed them on the 500 GLH cars that shipped to the Wittier factory. Engine mods. included: New T-2 fuel rail, T-2 injectors, wiring harness, larger throttle body, bigger turbo, tuned intake & exhaust manifolds, intercooler/rad. & fan assemblies, induction hoses, T-2 airbox, GLHS specific logic module, CS-Shelby-CS windshield decal, & tape graphics pkg. Interestingly, there was a Dodge emblem left on in production. A black/yellow overlay sticker was placed at the bottom of the speedometer to read to 135 mph (217 km/h). A Momo leather wrapped shifter knob, Izumi leather wrapped steering wheel, & shift pattern sticker were also installed. A Use only Mobil 1 in your GLHS plaque was affixed to the front of the standard production valve cover.

The primary differences between the Shelby engine and the Chrysler Turbo II engine are the torque: Shelby's unique engine computer shaved the torque to save the stock Omni transaxle, Chrysler Turbo II engines had 200 lbft (270 Nm) of torque; the trimetal bearings, forged crank and extra oil passages weren't present; and the wiring harness is a conglomeration of original Turbo I, with splicings for the heated oxygen sensor.

All-in-all this was a very formidable car, especially on short tracks. In SCCA racing it was never allowed a place in the stock categories, as it regularly beat the times of Porsches and Corvettes in autocross races.
I love these things.
Cool small car performance for a Domestic
Definetly one of the most underrated cars of all time. I had no idea this thing existed until I saw a special on horsepower tv. A definitive example of how shelby changed with the times. That, and telling people what the name stands for. Solid cool.
What is that in the background? A dodge rampage? I see one of them guys in the parking lot at work but it looks like it has been Ute'ified.

Anyway, I feel this car to be cool. Like Halflifehavoc said, it is an underrated car. All underrated cars are cool. If the GLHS is underrated and if all underrated cars are cool then the GLHS is cool.
When it comes to the original group of hot hatches, this is right up there with the Mk. I GTI, the Peugeot 205 GTI, and the like. Cool car no doubt.
This defines "meh" to me.
It's just hilariously powerful for such a small car. Cool.

Would love to see this thing in some rallies...
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