Chevrolet Beretta

The Chevrolet Beretta was first introduced to the U.S. market in 1990. It made its debut in the Indianapolis 500 as the pace car. To commemorate the event, 4500 special edition Berettas were made in 1990; 1500 are bright yellow and 3000 are blue (more of a turquoise) in color. The convertible driven at the Indy 500 was never put into production; instead, a coupe was introduced. The Beretta line was discontinued after the 1996 model year.

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About the Chevrolet Beretta

The Chevrolet Beretta was designed at the same studio as the Camaro and Corvette. Chevrolet enthusiasts and drivers looked forward to seeing the Chevrolet Beretta in action. The production cancellation of the Indy 500 pace car as a convertible was seen as a failure of GM management. While sporty in appearance, the car largely didn't live up to its hype.

Chevrolet Beretta Features

The 1996 model year offered two versions of the Chevrolet Beretta: the base and the Z26.

The base model contained a 2.2-liter four-cylinder, fuel-injected engine coupled with a five-speed manual transmission. The engine generated 120 horsepower at 5200 rpm and 130 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm.

Standard equipment included power brakes, power steering, driver front airbag, bucket seats, tinted glass, 14-inch wheels, anti-lock brakes, daytime running lights, and an AM/FM stereo system.

A four-speed automatic transmission is offered as an option for the base model, as are power windows, sunroof, 3.1-liter V-6 engine, tilt steering wheel, cruise control, tachometer, rear spoiler, and a choice of either an AM/FM/Cassette or AM/FM/CD audio system.

The standard Z26 model has a 3.1-liter V-6 engine and a four-speed automatic transmission. The engine generates 155 hp at 5200 rpm and 185 lb.-ft. torque at 4000 rpm. Under hard acceleration, steering may be erratic, but under normal driving conditions it works normally. Anti-lock brakes were standard equipment, as were power brakes, power steering, fog lights, sport suspension, tachometer, daytime running lights, and rear spoiler.

Options available on the 1996 Chevrolet Beretta Z26 include cruise control, tilt steering wheel, sunroof, alloy wheels, and an AM/FM/CD stereo.The 1996 Chevrolet Beretta offered 18/27 mpg city/highway (for a Beretta equipped with the 3.1-liter V-6 engine and four-speed automatic transmission).

By 1996, the body style of the Beretta was in need of an update. Drivers were no longer drawn to its charms and favored competing cars instead. Chevrolet discontinued the model in 1996.

Chevrolet BerettaEvolution

The Chevrolet Beretta was introduced in 1990. A convertible was never offered, despite being the pace car at the Indy 500.

Chevrolet offered GT and GTZ models of the Beretta in 1991. The GTZ contains the 3.1-liter V-6 engine coupled with an automatic transmission. Quad GTZs offer a five-speed automatic transmission. Changes also included a new dashboard, standard driver air bag, and alloy wheels.

1992 GTZ models received gear changes to improve fuel efficiency. The GTZs containing V-6 engines came standard with touring tires. Tweaks to the base engine also generated 15 additional horsepower for this model.

In the 1993 model, the GT’s standard engine is the same as that of the base model (110 hp four-cylinder); a V-6 is available only as an option. This car also included changes to both the automatic and standard transmissions.

In 1994 Chevy introduced the Z26 to replace both the GT and GTZ models. The Z26 offered a 170 hp Quad4 engine; the 3.1-liter V-6 generated 160 hp, an improvement from previous models.

The Quad 4 engine (introduced in 1994) was dropped in 1995, and engineers modified the 3.1-liter V-6 to reduce horsepower and help with nationwide emissions requirements.

Select a Chevrolet Beretta Year

1996 Chevrolet Beretta

Coupe, Sports

The 1996 Chevrolet Beretta is a two-door coupe that is available as either a base or a Z26 model.

1995 Chevrolet Beretta

Coupe, Sports

The 1995 Chevrolet Beretta is a front-wheel-drive coupe manufactured by General Motors.