JMFC - Yeah, I'm sure the V8 has a bit more torque, but the turbo 3.1 at 270 - 275 (with a Jeff M "TopGun" 160 chip) ain't too bad, either.
I was wondering the same thing about why he didn't go all out if you're going to go through that much trouble. Who knows.
jr's3800 - lol, yeah, definitely not AWD. It was a base model '86 6000. Only 124 '88 STEs came equipped with AWD as an option, and all 1,376 STEs produced in '89 got them standard. There were an unknown number of SEs built with them in '90 (after the STE package was dropped for the 6000s, and moved to the GPs they were now trying to push) since Pontiac didn't seperate the figures for FWD vs AWD that year, but they were very few nonetheless.. So, you will very rarely come across one. '88 - '91 SSE guys should be able to recognize them easiy if they do, though, on account of how similar the styling ques are (available in only dark sapphire blue, or dark garnet red, gold trim, same trunk key hole cover, same spoiler - but shorter, of course- same seats, set).
Believe it or not, that V8 was mated to the same factory 3-speed THM125C.
The guy owns a tranny shop, so he beefed it up himself. I wanted to get in touch with him to see where he got the parts from, and what exactly he did, since I'll have
to keep my set-up for the AWD. I know it can be done. The world'* fastest Fiero (running 10s on a BBC
) is still using the same automatic 3-speed!!!