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The Samara was the Russian way of saying that they could build cars even without the Italians' help, and the result proved that they couldn't, at least in 1984.

In 1984, the Russian carmaker AvtoVaz introduced the Samara to the market. It was a big success for the communist company to switch from a longitudinally-mounted engine and rear-wheel-drive system to a more modern transverse front engine and front-wheel-drive system. To do that, the engineers took their inspiration from other European carmakers, where Lada sold the car. Lada was the commercial name for the AvtoVaz (which was an acronym for Volga Automobile Factory).

The form-follow-function was the car's main theme, and the sedan shape was the main choice for Russian customers. Its square-looking headlights and almost closed front grille evoked a simple design system with straight lines. In the back, the flat and slightly sloped trunk lid was often adorned with a small spoiler.

Inside, there was a cubist design language with straight lines and a boxy instrument panel. The very optimistic speedometer showed a speed of up to 180 kph (112 mph), while the car was able to go as fast as 156 kph (97 mph). 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. An unusual feature for the sedan was the folding rear bench, carried over from the five-door version.

Under the hood, the Soviet engineers installed a 1.3-liter or a 1.5-liter gasoline engine fed by a carburetor and paired it to a 5-speed manual gearbox. Later on, Lada introduced a fuel-injected version for the 1.5-liter version.

LADA Samara 4 Doors 1984 - 2004 3 Photos
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LADA Samara 4 Doors 1984 - 2004
  3 gasoline engines
  • 1.3L 4MT (65 HP)
  • 1.5i 5MT (72 HP)
  • 1.5L 5MT (72 HP)

LADA Samara 4 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 @ 3500 RPM
92 Nm @ 3500 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
165.6 in (4206 mm)
Width
63.8 in (1621 mm)
Height
54.3 in (1379 mm)
Wheelbase
96.9 in (2461 mm)
Cargo Volume
12.9 cuFT (365 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2094.39 lbs (950 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3075.44 lbs (1395 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
33.12 mpg US (7.1 L/100Km)

LADA Samara 4 Doors 1.5i 5MT (72 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.5i 5MT (72 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1499 cm3
Power
52 KW @ 4800 RPM
71 HP @ 4800 RPM
70 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
99 mph (159 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
165.6 in (4206 mm)
Width
63.8 in (1621 mm)
Height
54.3 in (1379 mm)
Wheelbase
96.9 in (2461 mm)
Cargo Volume
12.9 cuFT (365 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2094.39 lbs (950 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3075.44 lbs (1395 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
33.12 mpg US (7.1 L/100Km)

LADA Samara 4 Doors 1.5L 5MT (72 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.5L 5MT (72 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1499 cm3
Power
53 KW @ 5600 RPM
72 HP @ 5600 RPM
71 BHP @ 5600 RPM
Torque
81 lb-ft @ 3400 RPM
110 Nm @ 3400 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
11.4 gallons (43.2 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
95 mph (153 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
15 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
165.6 in (4206 mm)
Width
63.8 in (1621 mm)
Height
54.3 in (1379 mm)
Wheelbase
96.9 in (2461 mm)
Cargo Volume
12.9 cuFT (365 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2094.39 lbs (950 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3075.44 lbs (1395 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
31.78 mpg US (7.4 L/100Km)
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