The 1985 Chevrolet Impala and Caprice Classic received a number of refinements under the skin, although little changed visually. Inside, there were new instrument panel graphics, and underneath, the suspension was firmed up in order to reduce the "floating" that plagued earlier models that lacked the optional F41 suspension package.
Bigger news appeared on the engine charts. The previous 3.8-liter Chevy and Buick V-6s were replaced by a new 4.3-liter V-6, which was based on Chevy's legendary small-block V-8, with two cylinders chopped off. Fitted with throttle-body fuel injection, it produced 130 horsepower, 20 more than the old 3.8s.
The optional 5.0-liter V-8 received a compression boost that helped it find 15 more horses, now totaling 165. Returning unchanged was the 5.7-liter diesel V-8 with 105 horsepower. The V-6 and diesel V-8 came standard with a three-speed automatic transmission, with a four-speed automatic optional; the 5.0-liter V-8 came standard with the four-speed.
With a lineup that again included an Impala sedan and Caprice coupe, sedan, and wagon, the full-size Chevys continued to be as popular as ever, with sales nearing 265,000 units.
1985 Chevrolet Impala and Caprice Classic Facts
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