1986 Monte Carlo Specs

by John Mitchell

The 1986 Chevrolet Monte Carlo is a two-door, V-8 sports car. Chevrolet first came out with the Monte Carlo in the early 1970s. The fourth-generation Monte Carlos hit car dealership showrooms between 1981 and 1988. The March 1986 issue of Super Chevy magazine described the car as "refined--both cosmetically and mechanically," with its many improvements. The magazine also noted the 1986 Monte Carlo was "one of Chevrolet's very best buys."


The project engineers that designed the 1986 Monte Carlo SS spared no expense, dropping a small block L69 model V-8 engine inside this speedster. The engine produces a maximum 180 horsepower with 225 ft.-lbs. of torque. The 5.0-liter V-8 engine has a 3.73:1 gearing ratio, 262-cubic inch displacement, 9.5:1 compression ratio and a 3.74 by 3.48 inch bore and stroke. The automatic transmission is a four-speed with a powerful real-wheel drive. Additionally, Chevy produced a 4.3-liter V-6 model. Both engine types have two valves per cylinder. The 1986 Monte Carlo SS can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in six seconds flat and covers the 1/4-mile in 15.50 seconds.

Weight and Dimensions

The 1986 Chevrolet Monte Carlo has a curb weight of between 3,385 and 3,500 pounds. The car has an overall length of 202.4 inches, a width of 71.8 inches and a height of 54.9 inches, with a 108-inch wheelbase and 6 inches of ground clearance. The 1986 Monte Carlo has a trunk capacity of 16.17 cubic feet.

Fuel Economy

For a sports car with a V-8 engine, the 1986 Monte Carlo has a decent fuel economy rating. It gets 18 miles per gallon for city driving and 23 MPG on the highway with an 18-gallon fuel tank.

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