1988 Chevrolet Nova

The 1988 Chevrolet Nova (new) Twin-Cam model.
This Twin-Cam brought a touch of
performance to the Toyota-based subcompact.

The 1988 Chevrolet Nova added a sporty model to its lineup of subcompact front-wheel-drive cars.

This new 1988 Chevrolet Nova Twin-Cam got its name from a double-overhead-cam version of the Toyota-built 1.6-liter four-cylinder found in other Novas. Novas contineud to share their basic design with the Corolla, and this engine had previously been used in the Toyota FX-16, a performance version of the Corolla.

The twin-cam produced 110-horsepower, 36 more than its single-cam sibling. A five-speed manual transmission was standard, as in the regular Novas, but the Twin-Cam offered a four-speed automatic as an option versus the three-speed offered on other models.

The more potent engine elevated the 1988 Chevrolet Nova Twin-Cam into junior sport-sedan terri­tory, but the advancement didn't come cheaply. The base Nova listed at about $8,800, the Twin-Cam went for $11,395.

That price included fuel injection, sport suspension, power steering, leather-covered steering wheel, tachometer, four-wheel disc brakes, and wider tires on aluminum wheels, but it was a stiff tariff, and few were ordered. There were no color choices; all 1988 Chevrolet Nova Twin-Cams wore black metallic paint with a grey interior.

Every 1988 Chevrolet Nova got rear shoulder belts, rear window defogger, and AM/FM stereo radio as standard equipment.

This was the last model year for the Nova name at Chevrolet. Starting with 1989, Chevrolet pushed this car into its new Geo division and renamed it the Prism. Geo was Chevy's effort to come up with an import-sounding label to attract buyers who were not inclined to shop American.

1988 Chevrolet Nova Facts

Model
Weight range (lbs.)
Price range (new)
Number built
Nova
2,211-2,257
$8,795-$11,395
109,133

The 1988 Chevrolet Nova Twin-Cam model.
The 1988 Chevrolet Nova would morph into the
import-sounding 1989 Geo Prism.

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