1990 Chevrolet Beretta

1990 Chevrolet Beretta GTZ
The hot 1990 Beretta GTZ used GM's perky but unrefined
Quad 4 engine.

The 1990 Chevrolet Beretta's big news was supposed to be the addition of a new convertible variant. But though a prototype paced the 74th running of the Indy 500 in May of 1990, a production ragtop never appeared, the inevitable pace car replicas being specially trimmed yellow or turquoise coupes.

The proposed ragtop was to have a built-in roll bar similar to that of the Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme convertible. But the "basket handle" wasn't for roll-over protection as much as adding structural stiffness and allowing the retention of Beretta's pillar-mounted door handles. In any event, snags developed, and the idea was shelved.

A GTZ coupe took the place of the late-1989 GTU as the sports entry and was fitted with the Oldsmobile-built 2.3-liter Quad 4. This 16-valve double-overhead-cam engine packed a healthy 180 horsepower. The GTZ also had exclusive use of 16-inch alloy wheels and carried distinctive rocker-panel moldings and its own grille.

Elsewhere in the line, a 2.2-liter four with 95 horsepower replaced the 90-horsepower 2.0-liter four, while the V-6 that was standard in the GT and optional on the base model also grew, from 2.8 liters and 130 horsepower to 3.1 liters and 135.

1990 Chevrolet Beretta convertible
A convertible 1990 Beretta paced the Indianapolis 500 that year.

1990 Chevrolet Beretta Facts

Model

Weight (lbs.)

Price range (new)

Number built

Beretta and Corsica

2,637

$10,320-$13,750

306,807

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