1996 was the final year of production for the Beretta, which was introduced in 1988. In 1996 it was available in six models; the base Beretta, Z26, National SK, SL, SM and SN Z26. It came with such features as a removable sunroof and power mirrors for both the driver and passenger sides.
Different engine specifications were available depending on which model was chosen. The 1SK, 1SL and Base all utilized a 2.2-liter, inline four-cylinder engine with 120 horsepower, 140 feet-pounds of torque, two valves per cylinder and a 9-1 compression ratio. The 1SM, Z26 and Z26 1SN sported a 3.1-liter V-6 engine with 155 horsepower, 185 feet-pounds of torque, two valves per cylinder and a 9.6-1 compression ratio. The base model and 1SK came standard with a five-speed manual overdrive transmission. The 1SL came with a three-speed automatic transmission. The 1SM, Z26 and Z26 1SN came with a four-speed automatic overdrive transmission. The three- and four-speed transmissions were optional features on some models.
Each model's fuel tank could hold 15.20 gallons of gasoline. The three-speed automatic transmission got 24 miles per gallon in the city and 31 miles per gallon on the highway. The three-speed automatic with overdrive got 24 miles in the city and 31 miles on the highway. The five-speed manual overdrive got 25 miles per gallon in the city and 37 miles on the highway. The four-speed automatic overdrive got 24 miles in the city and 21 miles on the highway with the inline four-cylinder engine. It got 21 miles in the city and 29 miles on the highway with the V-6 engine.
Each model stood 53.20 inches tall and 187.20 inches long. They were 67.90 inches wide with a wheelbase of 103.40 inches. Each model had two doors.
Each model could seat five people. Front passengers could expect 37.60 inches of headroom and 43.20 inches of legroom. Rear passengers had 36.60 inches of headroom and 32.60 inches of legroom.