The 1981 Citation X-11 package created a
surprisingly capable performer.
There was, however, one 1981 Chevrolet Citation deletion: The two-door club coupe didn't sell particularly well, so Chevy dropped that body style. Remaining were the three-door and five-door hatchbacks.
Back for 1981 was the sporty X-11, but this year it gained some bite to back up the bark. Whereas it was initially little more than an appearance package, this year it added a high output (H.O.) version of the 2.8-liter V-6 with 135 horsepower (25 more than the base 2.8), along with a lower axle ratio for even better off-the-line acceleration.
Underneath, the X-11 boasted a stiffer suspension that aided handling with little sacrifice in ride comfort.
As with most Chevrolets, 1981's tougher emissions regulations prompted a slight drop in engine outputs -- the H.O. V-6 notwithstanding. The base "Iron Duke" 2.5-liter (151 cubic inches) four lost six horsepower to 84, while the 2.8-liter (173 cubic inches) V-6 went from 115 to 110.
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