A sports model of Isuzu Gemini was introduced in Japan in the year 1980 as the name "ZZ" which later changed to "ZZ/L". The car was available with the Isuzu G180W 8-valve DOHC 1.8-liter engine, most commonly fuel-injected, producing 130 PS (96 kW) at 6400 rpm. This model also came with a shortened remote throw manual shift lever and optional factory LSD differential. In 1982, a diesel version was added with the VE electronic fuel injection. It provides 8% more power than the regular version (66 versus 61 PS) and was fitted to the LT-E and LJ-E models. The model also have the standard rear anti-roll bar.
In 1978, Isuzu designed a new sports car to replace the 117 Coupe named as Piazza. It wa equipped with either 120 PS (88 kW), 120 lb·ft (163 N·m) 2.0 L SOHC inline-four MPFI engine, a carryover from the Isuzu 117 Coupé, or a 135 PS (99 kW), 123 lb·ft (167 N·m) 2.0 L DOHC MPFI I4 engine. It was also available in the Five-Speed manual and Four-Speed Automatic transmission. All model are rear-wheel drive. Piazza was available with multi trim levels, XN, XJ, XE, XG, Nero, and others. There were also three suspension tuning levels, standard, Irmscher, and Lotus. Later, the 2.0 L non-turbo engine was replaced with a 2.3 L SOHC I4 engine, rated at 110 hp (82 kW), 127 lb·ft The 2.3 L engine was offered only in the US market.
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