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Body style: Hatchback
Segment: Small

After years of building cars based on the ancient Fiat 124 platform, the Russian carmaker invested in a revolutionary vehicle for its market: the Samara.

In 1984, the Russian carmaker AvtoVaz introduced the Samara to the market. It was a huge 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 the Lada was sold. Lada was the commercial name for the AvtoVaz (which was an acronym for Volga Automobile Factory).

There was no design language. It was a boxy-looking vehicle available at the beginning as a 3-door hatchback, which later on evolved into a 5-door hatchback and a sedan. Its square-looking headlights and almost closed front grille evoked a simple design system with straight lines and flat panels. The only artistic touch was the beltline, which was curved upwards behind the B-pillar.

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. The five-door version featured wide-opening rear doors to allow easy access inside the vehicle.

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. The late models were fitted with a 5-speed manual.

LADA Samara 5 Doors 1984 5 Photos
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LADA Samara 5 Doors 1984
  5 gasoline engines
  • 1.1L 4MT (53 HP)
  • 1.3i 5MT (43 HP)
  • 1.3L 5MT (65 HP)
  • 1.5i 5MT (72 HP)
  • 1.5L 5MT (72 HP)

LADA Samara 5 Doors 1.1L 4MT (53 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.1L 4MT (53 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1099 cm3
Power
39 KW @ 5600 RPM
53 HP @ 5600 RPM
52 BHP @ 5600 RPM
Torque
59 lb-ft @ 3400 RPM
80 Nm @ 3400 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
11.4 gallons (43.2 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
87 mph (140 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
165/70SR13
DIMENSIONS
Length
157.5 in (4001 mm)
Width
63.8 in (1621 mm)
Height
54.3 in (1379 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.1/53.9 in (1,400/1,369 mm)
Wheelbase
96.9 in (2461 mm)
Cargo Volume
9.6 cuFT (272 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2050.3 lbs (930 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 5 Doors 1.3i 5MT (43 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.3i 5MT (43 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
165/70SR13
DIMENSIONS
Length
157.5 in (4001 mm)
Width
63.8 in (1621 mm)
Height
54.3 in (1379 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.1/53.9 in (1,400/1,369 mm)
Wheelbase
96.9 in (2461 mm)
Cargo Volume
9.6 cuFT (272 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2050.3 lbs (930 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 5 Doors 1.3L 5MT (65 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.3L 5MT (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
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
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
165/70SR13
DIMENSIONS
Length
157.5 in (4001 mm)
Width
63.8 in (1621 mm)
Height
54.3 in (1379 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.1/53.9 in (1,400/1,369 mm)
Wheelbase
96.9 in (2461 mm)
Cargo Volume
9.6 cuFT (272 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2050.3 lbs (930 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 5 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
99.4 mph (160 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
165/70SR13
DIMENSIONS
Length
157.5 in (4001 mm)
Width
63.8 in (1621 mm)
Height
54.3 in (1379 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.1/53.9 in (1,400/1,369 mm)
Wheelbase
96.9 in (2461 mm)
Cargo Volume
9.6 cuFT (272 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2050.3 lbs (930 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

LADA Samara 5 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
87 lb-ft @ 3400 RPM
118 Nm @ 3400 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
96 mph (154 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
165/70SR13
DIMENSIONS
Length
157.5 in (4001 mm)
Width
63.8 in (1621 mm)
Height
54.3 in (1379 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.1/53.9 in (1,400/1,369 mm)
Wheelbase
96.9 in (2461 mm)
Cargo Volume
9.6 cuFT (272 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2050.3 lbs (930 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3020.3 lbs (1370 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
27 mpg US (8.7 L/100Km)
Highway
41.3 mpg US (5.7 L/100Km)
Combined
31.8 mpg US (7.4 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
176 g/km
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