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Body style: Hatchback
Segment: Compact

While in Europe, the three-door versions of a hatchback were considered sportier, in the former Soviet Union, a three-door Samara was the cheapest in the stable.

The Samara was not a replacement for the Fiat-124 based Lada but an evolution to a new range of vehicles easier to drive and built. The Russian engineers studied the Fiat 127 from its long-time Italian partner and admitted that it was a much better solution than the front-engine and rear-wheel-drive one. It evolved into a range of vehicles, from a three- and five-door hatchback to a five-door station wagon and a four-door sedan. Since the three-door version was the cheapest to build, it was the first to be released on the market. It required only the door windows and two side windows behind them. A touch of artistic imagination was at the back, where the carmaker made a sloped tailgate instead of a flat vertical one.

Inside, there was a cubist design language with straight lines and a boxy instrument panel. The wildly optimistic speedometer showed up to 180 kph (112 mph), while the car was able to go as fast as 156 kph (97 mph) on a downhill. The cranked windows were the only way to open them, and there was just a simple ventilation system without air-conditioning. On the Western Europe market, the dealers installed aftermarket an audio system with a stereo cassette. Its wide opening doors and the tilt-forward front seats allowed an easier ingress and egress to the car.

Under the hood, the Soviet engineers installed a 1.1-liter gasoline engine fed by a carburetor and paired it to a 4-speed manual gearbox. Over time, there were new engine options that increased power output. Lada fitted the late models with a 5-speed manual.

LADA Samara 3 Doors 1986 - 1999 5 Photos
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LADA Samara 3 Doors 1986 - 1999
  4 gasoline engines
  • 1.1L 4MT (53 HP)
  • 1.3i 5MT (68 HP)
  • 1.3L 4MT (65 HP)
  • 1.5i 5MT (72 HP)

LADA Samara 3 Doors 1.1L 4MT (53 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.1L 4MT (53 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1099 cm3
Power
39 KW @ 5500 RPM
53 HP @ 5500 RPM
52 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
58 lb-ft @ 3400 RPM
79 Nm @ 3400 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
11.4 gallons (43.2 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
86 mph (138 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
20 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
165/70 R13S
DIMENSIONS
Length
157.7 in (4006 mm)
Width
63.8 in (1621 mm)
Height
54.3 in (1379 mm)
Wheelbase
96.9 in (2461 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Cargo Volume
11.6 cuFT (328 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2006.2 lbs (910 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3020.3 lbs (1370 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
32.2 mpg US (7.3 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
174 g/km

LADA Samara 3 Doors 1.3i 5MT (68 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.3i 5MT (68 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1288 cm3
Power
50 KW @ 5600 RPM
68 HP @ 5600 RPM
67 BHP @ 5600 RPM
Torque
72 lb-ft @ 4300 RPM
97 Nm @ 4300 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
11.4 gallons (43.2 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
90.7 mph (146 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
16 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
165/70 R13S
DIMENSIONS
Length
157.7 in (4006 mm)
Width
63.8 in (1621 mm)
Height
54.3 in (1379 mm)
Wheelbase
96.9 in (2461 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Cargo Volume
11.6 cuFT (328 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2006.2 lbs (910 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3020.3 lbs (1370 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
33.1 mpg US (7.1 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
169 g/km

LADA Samara 3 Doors 1.3L 4MT (65 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.3L 4MT (65 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1288 cm3
Power
48 KW @ 5600 RPM
65 HP @ 5600 RPM
64 BHP @ 5600 RPM
Torque
68 lb-ft @ 3400 RPM
92 Nm @ 3400 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
11.4 gallons (43.2 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
92 mph (148 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
16 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
165/70 R13S
DIMENSIONS
Length
157.7 in (4006 mm)
Width
63.8 in (1621 mm)
Height
54.3 in (1379 mm)
Wheelbase
96.9 in (2461 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Cargo Volume
11.6 cuFT (328 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2006.2 lbs (910 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3020.3 lbs (1370 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
33.1 mpg US (7.1 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
169 g/km

LADA Samara 3 Doors 1.5i 5MT (72 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.5i 5MT (72 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1499 cm3
Power
53 KW @ 4800 RPM
72 HP @ 4800 RPM
71 BHP @ 4800 RPM
Torque
87 lb-ft @ 2800 RPM
118 Nm @ 2800 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
11.4 gallons (43.2 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
96 mph (154 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
14 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
165/70 R13S
DIMENSIONS
Length
157.7 in (4006 mm)
Width
63.8 in (1621 mm)
Height
54.3 in (1379 mm)
Wheelbase
96.9 in (2461 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Cargo Volume
11.6 cuFT (328 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2006.2 lbs (910 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3020.3 lbs (1370 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
31.4 mpg US (7.5 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
178 g/km
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