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1984 Chevrolet Citation IV

The Chevrolet Citation IV was a concept car from 1984. Chevrolet introduced its first front-wheel-drive car under the Citation name in 1979 as a 1980 model. Initially, it was a tremendous sales success, but the segment had grown more competitive and crowded with rivals from other countries within a few years. Chevrolet engineers showed off their rendition of what a future Citation IV might be like. Despite the demise of the production Citation, some of the Citation IV concept’s visionary ideas carried over to other production vehicles. However, before delving deep into specifics, please allow me to set the tone so we can better appreciate the decades-old technology.

In the early eighties, Chevrolet engineers had estimated that the aerodynamic drag of contemporary cars, traveling at a speed of 50 mph, constituted 50% of the vehicle’s rolling resistance. Despite technological advances, it was almost as if the engineers and designers of that generation had given in to the wind.

The Citation IV didn’t show up on the concept scene entirely fresh. It is essentially a functioning clone of one its progenitors. Its roots are arguably grounded in at least three concept cars that preceded it, all released not with Chevrolet bowties but rather the General Motors name. Starting in 1981, the “Aero X” was introduced, followed by the “Aero 2000″ in 1982, and the “Aero 2002″ in 1983. Each of these concepts was a full-sized model but not drivable. Although the Citation IV’s shape is merely hinted at in the four-door Aero X, and the two aren’t likely to be confused, they share certain traits. For example, flush glass and door handles, a grill-less front with under-the-bumper air inlets for engine cooling, and wheels positioned outward, flush with the body panels. Those forward-thinking features and more would be passed along to the Citation IV.

Engine & performance:

  • Type: Chevrolet Citation, V6

  • Capacity: 2838 cc

  • Power: 142 hp @ 5400 rpm


  • Length: 4650 mm

  • Width: 1745 mm

  • Height: 1206 mm

  • Wheelbase: 2609 mm

  • Weight: 1297 mm

Source: Chevrolet Citation IV | Classic Cars Wiki | Fandom.

Images: GM; Concept Car Central