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Chevrolet Beretta


1994 Chevrolet Beretta
1994 Chevrolet Beretta Z26
The 1994 Chevy Beretta got more power and a reworked lineup.
The 1994 Chevrolet Beretta, Chevy's front-drive sports coupe, received some significant changes for the model year, including increased power for its more popular engines and a sophisticated new automatic transmission.

Model offerings were trimmed to just two: a base coupe and a new sporty entry, the Z26, which replaced the GTZ. The mid-level GT was dropped.

Standard engine for the base model remained a 2.2-liter four, but horsepower rose from 110 to 120. The new Z26 retained the GTZ's 2.3-liter double-overhead-cam Quad 4 engine, which lost five horsepower, now rated at 170.

Both four-cylinder engines came standard with a five-speed manual transmission, but once again, only the base model's 2.2 could have an automatic, still a three-speed unit.

Optional on both models was a 3.1-liter V-6, which not only gained 20 horsepower for a total of 160, but also came with a new electronically controlled four-speed automatic.


Beretta also gained a couple of new safety features for 1994. A driver-side air bag and anti-lock brakes remained standard, but in place of the previous manual front safety belts were door-mounted front shoulder belts with manual lap belts.

Also standard were new automatic door locks that locked when the vehicle was set in motion, and unlocked when the engine was shut off.

1994 Chevrolet Beretta standard coupe
The 1994 Beretta was one of the few sporty compacts to
offer a V-6, air bag, and anti-lock brakes in combination.

1994 Chevrolet Beretta Facts

Model

Weight range (lbs.)

Price range (new)

Number built

Beretta and Corsica

2,649-2,795

$12,415-$15,310

208,380

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