1982 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

1982 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
The 1982 Monte Carlo base model remained smart and handsome.

The 1982 Chevrolet Monte Carlo returned with only detail changes outside, though there was some shuffling going on under the hood.

Moreover, with that year's discontinuation of the coupe version of the Chevrolet Malibu, Chevy began considering the Monte Carlo as much a two-door variant of the Malibu as a model in its own right. Even the Malibu's facelift that year echoed Monte Carlo styling themes.

Finally, 1982 Chevrolet Monte Carlo prices now fell within the Malibu's range. Montes were previously somewhat more expensive.

The 1982 Chevrolet Monte Carlo received a finer-mesh grille, and dropping the bucket seat option made them all six-passenger automobiles.

Powertrain availability was identical to Malibu's, so Chevy's 3.8-liter 229-cubic-inch 110-horsepower V-6 returned as standard, with 4.4-liter (267-cubic-inch, 115 horsepower) and 5.0-liter (305-cubic-inch, 150 horsepower) V-8s optional.

Notable by its absence was the 3.8-liter turbocharged V-6 that had been introduced in 1980. But replacing the turbo were a pair of diesels, a 105-horsepower 5.7-liter V-8 and an 83-horsepower 262-cubic-inch 4.3-liter V-6.

Even without competition from the extinct Malibu coupe, Monte Carlo sales plummeted, from nearly 188,000 in 1981 to less than 93,000 for 1982 -- better than a 50-percent drop. But Chevy had some tricks up its sleeve for the 1983 model year.

1982 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Facts

Model
Weight (lbs.)
Price range (new)
Number built
Monte Carlo
3,190
$8,177-$8,247
92,392

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