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    Re: Chevy Feretta V8 Powered Beretta Concept Car

    Those were nice cars for the time. The designers did a good job integrating a lower belt line for better visibility, unlike the current Camaro.
    I wish they all could be California squirrels!
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    Re: Chevy Feretta V8 Powered Beretta Concept Car

    That's cool! I wonder how much a car like that costs. And too bad they don't know the hp or even the exact specifications.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackGTP View Post
    That's cool! I wonder how much a car like that costs. And too bad they don't know the hp or even the exact specifications.
    I suspect that the information is buried in a forgotten file cabinet.

    I've always wondered why GM didn't design and build the engine themselves. And what engine did Isuzu base it off of. Nearest I can guess at is their 3.2 V6 that was used in the Rodeo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EJD1984 View Post
    I suspect that the information is buried in a forgotten file cabinet.

    I've always wondered why GM didn't design and build the engine themselves. And what engine did Isuzu base it off of. Nearest I can guess at is their 3.2 V6 that was used in the Rodeo.
    Yes - really good question as to why an organization as large as GM would ever need to go outside to build a one off engine....

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    Re: Chevy Feretta V8 Powered Beretta Concept Car



    Jon Moss had the greatest job at GM, he was given a multi million dollar budget and a handful of engineers to play what if games with GM vehicles. Sometimes they were GM's idea for testing possible future product, sometimes they were his to try to pitch to GM. This was how the 94-96 Impala SS came from the Caprice by the way. Too bad the unit got disbanded during the BK.

    The Feretta came first, then there was a 5.0 powered 1st gen Lumina, then to an LS1 powered '00 Impala, which led to the LS4 powered cars we eventually ended up with.

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    Re: Chevy Feretta V8 Powered Beretta Concept Car

    Also, can I get in on this poker game? The one I usually attend never sees one off GM concept cars in the kitty.

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    Re: Chevy Feretta V8 Powered Beretta Concept Car

    After a little digging, I think the engine was a early version of this Isuzu 4.2 V8.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockyspaw View Post
    Those were nice cars for the time. The designers did a good job integrating a lower belt line for better visibility, unlike the current Camaro.
    If they wanted to rescue the current Camaro they could take a lesson from this Beretta maybe.

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    Re: Chevy Feretta V8 Powered Beretta Concept Car

    Interesting how close both the Mustang and F Bodies came to going away, Ford had the Probe replacement and GM apparently had this in the works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackGTP View Post
    Interesting how close both the Mustang and F Bodies came to going away, Ford had the Probe replacement and GM apparently had this in the works.
    Let's all be glad this didn't happen...even though, & I hate to admit...that Beretta is pretty cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackGTP View Post
    Interesting how close both the Mustang and F Bodies came to going away, Ford had the Probe replacement and GM apparently had this in the works.
    as a kid in the 80 I remember all the "press" for NEW and FWD WAS BETTER and with 150 BHP MAX FWD WAS better
    the "downsized" econo-box RWD cars were cramped VS the FWD competition
    compare the CHEVETTE / COROLLA to an OMNI / VW GOLF

    petrol was expensive and fuel economy was KING in advertising

    the Probe and FWD 4th GEN F body would have been better and more fuel efficient when planning started around 1984

    also for the Isuzu V8 remember GM had a stake in Isuzu back then
    I wonder if it is an early base for the Northstar / maybe an evolution of the HT4100 and NOT as stated a "pure play" Isuzu but more of an Isuzu/GM co-engineering effort

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    Jon Moss had the greatest job at GM, he was given a multi million dollar budget and a handful of engineers to play what if games with GM vehicles. Sometimes they were GM's idea for testing possible future product, sometimes they were his to try to pitch to GM. This was how the 94-96 Impala SS came from the Caprice by the way. Too bad the unit got disbanded during the BK.

    The Feretta came first, then there was a 5.0 powered 1st gen Lumina, then to an LS1 powered '00 Impala, which led to the LS4 powered cars we eventually ended up with.

    Boy I sure do miss that GM...Now at the "New GM" a dept like the one Jon Moss headed would consist of getting the smallest engine in the biggest CUV possible and of course endless treatments for tape and sticker packages.

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    Re: Chevy Feretta V8 Powered Beretta Concept Car

    Don't forget the RWD Buick concept cars, Regal (w-body) and Reatta.
    Both were V6 turbo.

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