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The Chevrolet Monza was a subcompact, four-passenger automobile produced by the Chevrolet division of General Motors for the 1975–1980 model years.
The Monza is based on the Chevrolet Vega, sharing its wheelbase, width and 140 CID inline-4 engine.
The 1979 Chevrolet Monza lineup contained only four models. Added standard equipment for 1979 included an AM radio, tinted glass, body side moldings, and sport steering wheel. Only one Monza model kept the sloped Euro-look front end, the 2+2 Sport hatchback. Others had a freshened grille.
A more-potent standard 151-cubic-inch four-cylinder with a redesigned cross-flow cylinder head and two-barrel carburetor developed 90-horsepower, five more than in 1978. Three optional engines were available: the 105-horsepower 196-cubic-inch V-6, 115-horsepower 231 V-6, or 130-horsepower 305 V-8. Discontinued at the end of the 1979 model year were the Monza wagon, the 196 CID V6 and the 305 CI V8.
The Spyder performance package cost $164.00, the Spyder appearance package added $231.00. All Monzas had a color-keyed instrument panel, and all except the base coupe had a center console.
Sales, however, climbed to nearly 164,000 cars, compared with 138,832. The 1979 Chevrolet Monza continued to appeal to first-time car buyers in particular, thanks to prices starting at a reasonable $3,850.
|Engine||0 to 60 MPH||Quarter Mile||Source|
|151ci||13.7 sec||19.7 @ 71mph||Simulation|
|196ci||11.8 sec||18.7 @ 74mph||Simulation|
|231ci||10.3 sec||17.8 @ 76mph||Simulation|
|305ci||10.7 sec||18.0 @ 76mph||Simulation|
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