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Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: The land that Time forgot
I take it that by "FWD" you mean "Front Wheel Drive" and not "Four Wheel Drive"?
Here we go:
The first 2WD Series 3 1.7 ltr cars were available as a regular 1.7 ltr 8-valve "i.e" and the naughty 16-valve "16v". Let's not worry about the "i.e." here.
The first 16-valve cars (1990/91) were called "Boxer", in the UK at least. They had "33 1.7 16v Boxer +" (+ = green cloverleaf emblem)written across half the back of the bootlid.
These cars were the original 16v with a black interior with silver and red squares on it, like the Permanent 4 had later.
After a while, they dropped this model, as the seats came in for some critisism (too low, too hard and other poncey car magazine stuff) and the replacement (1992-4) was more plush. It had a velour grey interior and the bootlid only said "33 1.7 16v".
I think this model was called "Lusso" here and there but that seems to be an unofficial name to me and not anything I ever saw in terms of badging.
The Permanent 4 (1991-1993)had "33S 1.7 16v +" on one side, "Permanent-4" on the other - was the four wheel drive hooligan, with the same black interior of the "Boxer" model but with Recaro seats, sunroof, leathery gearknob-and-wheel and Permannent 4-wheel drive.
Anyway, the poor old P4 didn't last long (762 in the UK from memory/or dreamt it) and the definitive 33 16v was the 1994 spec' which was a handsome barst' by any account.
The interior was a mixture of black with grey inserts (but not velour - sort of suede if the ones I saw were representative) and this car (from memory) had "33 1.7 16v +" on the back.
You have to bear in mind that "QV" could stand for either "Quattro valvole" - 4 (i.e. 16) valves or "Quadrifoglio Verde" - Green Cloverleaf in the minds of the seller, so it's not definitive.
Also, Brit spec' cars were called names that didn't apply to the rest of Europe. First time I saw a P4 was in Italy and I didn't know what it was - it just had "33S 1.7 16v +" on the back. No "Permanent-4" or anything.
So, I dunno is the short answer. If a car has "QV" written on the back, I'd say (on balance) that it is probably more sporty than one that hasn't got it in terms of detail specification. The few I've seen on the continent, seem to be the later "swansong" cars so if you decide on 2WD then one of these will be pretty sweet.
But it snows in Lithuania, doesn't it? You know the P4 (33S) makes sense really...