|Sporty/performance car; Built in USA|
|Good condition price range: $1,000 – $2,100*|
1990 Chevrolet Beretta GTZ
1990 Chevrolet Beretta Indy interior
1991 Chevrolet Beretta GTZ interior
1994 Chevrolet Beretta Z26
1996 Chevrolet Beretta
By its final years, Beretta lagged behind its rivals in style and image. On the other hand, a Beretta offers more interior space than most sport coupes and was among the few to offer a V6 engine option.
When introduced during 1987, Chevy’s compact, sporty front-drive coupe and its Corsica sedan mate became hot sellers. By 1990, the original engines were gone, as Berettas adopted a larger 2.2-liter four and a 3.1 liter V6. Making 135 horsepower, the V6 was standard in the GT coupe. A sporty GTZ with 180-horsepower Quad 4 engine joined the 1990 lineup, replacing the prior GTU.
A driver-side airbag arrived for 1991, and the high performance GTZ could get a V6 engine instead of the standard Quad 4. Accompanying the airbag was a new steering wheel, plus redesigned gauges and controls.
Antilock braking became standard for ’92, as the base 2.2-liter engine added 15 horsepower. The 3.1-liter V6 again was standard on the GT and optional on base and GTZ Berettas. The GTZ continued to use a standard Quad 4 engine.
Base, GT, and GTZ models again went on sale, but the V6 that had been standard on the GT was now optional for all Berettas. The GT’s Quad 4 engine dropped five horsepower, due to stricter emissions standards.
More-potent engines arrived, a Z26 with new Quad 4 engine replaced the GT/GTZ, and a 4-speed electronic automatic transmission joined the 3-speed. The new 2.2-liter 4-cylinder engine made 120 horsepower (up from 110), and the available V6 gained 20 horsepower (now rated at 160). The dual-overhead-cam 2.3-liter Quad 4 engine, installed in the Z26 coupe, developed 170 horsepower. The new electronic 4-speed automatic was the sole transmission choice for Berettas with V6 power. Door-mounted front shoulder belts replaced the former manual seatbelts.
Daytime running lights were added, and the Z26 got V6 power, deleting the Quad 4 engine. Automatic-transmission fluid and spark plugs now required no servicing for 100,000 miles under normal operating conditions.
For its final season, the front-drive coupe showed few changes.