Complete Chevrolet Beretta lineup, specs, economy, dimensions

1988 Chevrolet Beretta - Technical Specs, Fuel economy, Dimensions1987 - 1996 Chevrolet Beretta CoupeBeretta5 Trims 122 to 162 Hp

The Chevrolet Beretta is a front-wheel drive, two-door coupé manufactured and marketed by Chevrolet, a division of General Motors Company, between 1987 and 1996.

History of the Chevrolet Beretta

The Beretta, along with the Chevrolet Corsica (which came out before the Beretta) and the Pontiac Tempest (which was only sold in Canada), were all designed in the same studio (Chevrolet Exterior Studio 3) as the Camaro and the Corvette and were all assembled at GM's Wilmington, Delaware, and Linden, New Jersey production plants. Chevrolet made base, CL, GT, GTU, Indy, GTZ, and Z26 variants of the Beretta. The pace car for the 1990 Indianapolis 500 was a convertible, and while General Motors originally announced a factory duplicate, only a coupe version was made available to the public. It dominated the Indianapolis 500 in 1990 more than any other racing vehicle. Chevrolet's series model Beretta was rumored to debut at the convention in the convertible trunk, but she was nowhere to be found. A variant of the Beretta produced by Chevrolet between 1988 and 1989, the GTU type was released as a limited-edition GTU. The company used the Beretta GT model in its development. It had custom body decals, a rear spoiler, new mirrors, and 16-inch aluminum wheels. Due in part to the low ground clearance, the suspension settings were made more stringent. The Beretta GTZ was the pinnacle of Beretta's coupes between 1990 and 1993. The Chevrolet Beretta GTZ is powered by an Oldsmobile High Output Quad 4 engine of 2.3L. It had a maximum torque of 217 Nm and a maximum power output of 180 horsepower. The GM FE7 suspension and GETRAG 5-speed manual transmission were also standard equipment. In addition, from 1990 to 1992, the 3.1L engine became standard on all Beretta GT vehicles produced by Chevrolet. In 1993, it became a viable option on the regular Beretta and Beretta GT models produced by Chevrolet. A three-speed automatic transmission was required for use with this motor at all times. The interior underwent extensive renovations in 1991. Chevy updated the car's interior with a new dashboard, center console, and driver airbag. The Chevrolet Beretta - Z26 was replaced by the GT and GTZ variants in 1994. The 3100 V6 lost five horsepower in 1995, bringing its total to 155, and it stayed at that level until Beretta finished its production model. The Chevrolet Beretta, a two-door coupe, was discontinued in 1996.


In 1996, Chevrolet retailed the Chevrolet Beretta with a starting manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $13,490 for the Base model ($25,464 in 2022), rising to $16,690 for the Z26 trim level ($31,504 in 2022).

Features of the Chevrolet Beretta

In 1996, the Chevrolet Beretta was a front-wheel drive coupe that offered nothing in the way of changes for the new model year. This was to be anticipated, as this was likely Beretta's last year of production. It's one of the few cars on the market (together with the Corsica sedan) that doesn't come standard with dual airbags, but it's stuck with just one for the driver. The N-body siblings from Oldsmobile, Buick, and Pontiac got passenger-side airbags this year, too, with only several other GM models failing to follow suit. The standard coupe and the more powerful Z26 version of the Beretta were still accessible to buyers. Automatic door locks, anti-lock brakes, air conditioning, and a 2.2L 4-cylinder engine producing 120 horsepower were all standard on the base model. The standard was a manual gearbox with five speeds, and an automatic with three was available as an upgrade. The only available drivetrain for the Z26 was the 3.1L V-6 rated at 155 horsepower, paired with a four-speed automatic gearbox; it also featured muscular lower body panels, a rear spoiler, and 15-inch aluminum wheels. The base Beretta did not come with such a combination standard.

Release Date

Chevrolet released the Chevrolet Beretta from 1987 to 1996. Chevrolet stopped making the Beretta and the Corsica after ten model years in 1996. GM discontinued production of the Corsica in favor of the Malibu in 1997. On July 30, 1996, the assembly line produced its final Beretta.