Cayuga (Still continued)
Now lets have some of the European trims shall we? The engines and facelift are thanks to Centro Stile Betta. Betta, being a good Corporate partner with Galt, was asked to handle the European trims for the Cayuga, as well as some of the production in their European factories. for 1986, they started out with 3 trims, the Euro Base (R) the Euro StepUp (PR) and the EuroSport (55SP) with each one receiving a Betta designed and built engine and transmission, as well as a minor facelift on each trim. As with the rest of the family, all trims are available in 2 door SUV, 4 door SUV, and regular cab truck, however, due to the low popularity of trucks in Europe, The only way to get a truck model is to put it on order from a Dealership, and from there a Rolling Chassis truck gets imported from Galt's American Factory, then fitted at the Betta plant with everything else required to finalize it for sale. Due to this, the trucks are a bit more expensive, as well as being much rarer.
A photograph of the Euro spec R Trim
The R is the European base model. It is similar in many ways to the American Market R, such as having mostly the same interior, to the exception of a Radio not being standard equipment. The differences start with the front though, where the new, somewhat sleeker, design can be seen. Under the hood though is a completely different beast to the American model, whereas the American base engine made 76HP out of a carbuereted 2.5L, the European spec model receives a 1.9L twin cam producing 110 horsepower. That power is then routed through a 5 speed Manual transmission to either the rear, or all 4 wheels (Depending if 2X4 or 4X4). Specs below are of the 2 door 2X4.
Photo is of the PR Minor Facelift.
The Euro spec PR is more similar to the Euro R than it is the US PR. It uses the same engine family, and starts with the same basic options, including the radio still being optional. However, the engine variant itself is different, it's Turbocharged producing 160 horsepower to the wheels out of the 1.9L twin cam. 4 door 2X4 specs shown below
The 55SP is meant to be Europe's answer to the 341SP, however, it ends up exceeding it. it is powered by a rather crazy engine, a 5.5 liter Quad cam Twin Turbo V8 producing 400 horsepower, while being coupled to an AWD System. it only has a manual transmission available, but is still offered in the standard 3 body styles, with the 55SP Truck being the rarest trim made, with an estimated 438 orders, and of these, the Majority were American Imports until the 25 year law was implemented shortly after Production started, leaving just a little over 100 in Europe. Regardless, all 3 versions seemed pretty popular stateside, with fans wanting a US Sold version ever since the implementation of the import law. However, there is a Company based out of Florida that offers to do the conversion. 2 door SUV specs below.
Well there are still more trims on the way for this thing surprisingly, just getting the Betta made Euro spec models out of the way now. I will leave a question, would you guys prefer a 341SP, or a 55SP?
And also a Teaser for whenever I make the next trims: