1995 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

1995 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
The 1995 Monte Carlo was the two-door
version of the new Lumina sedan.

The 1995 Chevrolet Monte Carlo revived a name last used in 1988. The new 1995 Monte Carlo was aimed at an audience similar to the one that had been attracted to the personal-coupe rear-drive Montes.

The 1995 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, however, took a somewhat different engineering approach.

The 1995 Chevrolet Monte Carlo was based on the same front-wheel-drive platform as the four-door Chevy Lumina sedan. The two shared powertrains and had much the same interior design.

As a coupe, however, the Monte Carl had a different roofline, and it's front and rear fascias were unique. Dual air bags were standard, as were anti-lock brakes. Inside, the Monte sported a fake wood-grain stripe that ran across the dash and into the doors, a "luxury" trim item left off the more mainstream Lumina.

LS and Z34 versions of the 1995 Chevrolet Monte Carlo were offered, The LS was equipped like the Lumina LS sedan with a bench front seat affording six-passenger capacity. The LS used Chevy's 3.1-liter V-6, which had gained 20 horsepower over the year before and was now rated at 160.

The Z34 was the sporting entry, with standard front bucket seats and console, stiffer suspension, 16-inch alloy wheels, body-colored grille surround (versus chrome on the LS), and additional amenities. It used Chevy's 3.4-liter Twin Dual Cam V-6 rated at 210 horsepower, up 10 from 1994.

Standard equipment on every 1995 Chevrolet Monte Carlo included a four-speed automatic transmission, air conditioning, power windows and locks, split-folding rear seat, Pass-key anti-theft system, and a tachometer.

Like the Lumina, the 1995 Monte Carlo faced some tough competition. Among domestic manufacturers, Ford's rear-wheel-drive Thunderbird was perhaps the Monte's closest rival, and it scored points with its available V-8 engine.

Chrysler joined the fray with a new front-wheel-drive Sebring sport coupe that was smaller and less powerful than the Monte Carlo, but was years ahead in styling and offered surprising interior room. And then there was the overseas competition, notably the coupe versions of the popular Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.

1995 Monte Carlo Brickyard pace car
A dressed-up Monte Carlo paced the inaugural
Brickyard 500 stock car race.

1995 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Facts

Model
Weight range (lbs.)
Price range (new)
Number built
Monte Carlo
3,306-3,436
$16,770-$18,970
NA

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