The Chevrolet Camaro was a compact car launched in North The united states by the Chevrolet Motor Division of Typical Motors at the get started of the 1967 model calendar year as competition for the Ford Mustang.
Despite the fact that it was technically a compact (by the criteria of the time), the Camaro, like the entire class of Mustang competitiors, was soon acknowledged as a pony car.
Even though the car’s title was contrived with no this means, Typical Motors scientists observed the phrase in a French dictionary as a slang expression for “close friend” or “companion.” Ford Motor Business scientists found out other definitions, including “a shrimp-like creature” and an arcane expression for “unfastened bowels”! In some automotive periodicals just before official launch, it was code-named “Panther”.
4 distinct generations of the car had been produced.
Sharing mechanicals with the upcoming 1968 Chevrolet Nova, the Camaro showcased unibody composition. Chevrolet offered the car in only two human body variations, a coupe and convertible. Pretty much eighty factory and forty dealer possibilities including a few principal deals had been avaible.
* RS Package deal provided several cosmetic alterations these as RS badging, hidden headlights, blacked out grill, revised taillights and interior trims.
* SS Package deal provided modified 5.seven L (350 in³) V8 engine (initially 350 in³ engine ever offered by Chevrolet), also L35 396 in³ “huge block” was avaible. SS showcased non-useful air inlets on the hood, specific striping and blacked out grill. It was achievable to order both of those – RS and SS deals to get RS/SS Camaro. In 1967 Camaro RS/SS Convertible Camaro with 396 in³ engine paced the Indianapolis five hundred race.
* Z28 option code was launched in 1966. This option offer was not outlined in any gross sales literature so was unfamiliar by most of the purchasers. The only way to order Z28 offer was to order base Camaro with Z28 option, front disc brakes, electrical power steering and Muncie 4-speed transmission.
Z28 offer showcased unique 302 in³ “small block” engine, intended particularly to contend in the Club of The united states Trans Am racing series (which expected engines scaled-down than 305 in³ and general public availablity of the car).
Marketed electrical power of this engine was listed at 290 hp (216 kW) whilst precise dyno readings rated it at 360 to four hundred hp (269 to 298 kW). Z28 also came with upgraded suspension and racing stripes on the hood. It was achievable to blend Z28 offer with RS offer. Only 602 Z28’s had been bought.
The much larger next-generation Camaro showcased an all-new smooth human body and improved suspension. The 1970-1/two Camaro debuted as a two+two coupe no convertible was offered and would not look once more right up until perfectly into the third generation.
Most of the engine and drivetrain factors had been carried above from 1969 with the exception of the 230 in³ (3.eight L) 6 cylinder — the base engine was now the 250 in³ (4.1 L) 6 rated at one hundred fifty five hp (116 kW).
The top accomplishing motor was a L-78 396 in³ (six.5 L) V8 rated at 375 hp (280 kW). (Beginning in 1970, the 396 in³ huge block V8’s in fact displaced 402 in³ (six.six L), yet Chevrolet chose to retain the 396 badging.) Two 454 in³ (seven.4 L) engines – the LS-six and LS-seven – had been listed on early specification sheets but never ever built it into creation.
Apart from the base model, purchasers could select the “Rally Sport” option with a unique front nose and bumper, a “Super Sport” offer, and the “Z-28 Distinctive Overall performance Package deal” that includes a new large-performance 360 hp (268 kW) 350 in³ (5.seven L) cid V8.
The 1972 Camaro suffered two significant setbacks. A UAW strike at a GM assembly plant in Ohio disrupted creation for 174 times, and 1100 Camaros had to be scrapped due to the fact they did not meet up with 1973 Federal bumper security criteria.
Some at GM severely regarded dropping the Camaro and Firebird entirely, whilst some others had been persuaded the models remained marketable. The latter group finally persuaded those people in favor of dropping the F Cars to rethink, and Chevrolet would go on to produce 68,656 Camaros in 1972, the least expensive creation figures for any model calendar year.
The 1982 model launched the initially Camaros with factory gasoline injection, four-speed automatic transmissions (a few-speed on the previously models), 5-speed handbook transmissions (four-speed handbook transmissions in 1982, and some 83-84 models), fifteen or sixteen-inch rims, hatchback human body style, and even a four-cylinder engine for a temporary interval (because of to fears above gasoline economic climate).
The Camaro Z28 was Motor Trend magazine’s Car of the Calendar year for 1982.
In 1985 Chevrolet launched a new Camaro model – the famous IROC-Z, identified as just after well-known racing series. IROC-Z Camaro showcased upgraded suspension, specific decal offer and Tuned Port Injection procedure taken from the Chevrolet_Corvette Third generation Camaros also had a suspension procedure that was additional able in corners than the prior generation.
The Camaro IROC-Z was on Car and Driver magazine’s 10 Ideal record for 1985.
* 1978-1981 5.seven L (350 in³) Compact-Block V8
* 1982-1985 two.5 L (151 in³) Iron Duke L4
* 1982-1984 two.eight L (173 in³) LC1 V6
* 1985-1989 two.eight L (173 in³) LB8 V6
* 1990-1992 3.1 L (191 in³) sixty Gen II V6
* 1982-1992 5. L (305 in³) Compact-Block V8
* 1985-1992 5.seven L (350 in³) Compact-Block V8
1993 commenced the fourth and very last generation of Camaros, long lasting by the 2002 model calendar year. Generation of the fourth and final generation was moved from GM’s Van Nuys, California assembly plant to one particular in Ste. Therese, Quebec in 1993.
Even though the car would no more time be produced in the US, the new design and style which integrated light-weight plastic human body panels above a steel room body, and a better suspension, more improved on the Camaro line.
From 1993 to 1997 the Camaro was available with the LT-1 engine, the exact Generation II small block V8 utilised in the Corvette, while in a little bit de-tuned kind.
In 1996, the prolonged-discontinued “SS” option was resurrected and in 1998, the all-new LS-1 engine Generation III small block was offered on the SS and Z28 Camaros, marking the close of the Generation I small block V8 that had its roots in Chevrolet’s 265 in³ engine of 1955. Unfortunately, gross sales had been under anticipations, and creation of the Camaro ceased in 2002.
1998 saw a new head light-weight design and style for the Camaro. The new design and style eliminated the prior recessed-light-weight design and style current in the 1982-1997 Camaros. The fake air intakes on the hood had been also eliminated. In addition the LT1 engine was eliminated and instead an LS1 in its position.
* 1993-1995 3.4 L (208 in³) sixty Gen III V6
* 1995-2002 3.eight L (231 in³) 3800 Collection II V6
* 1993-1997 5.seven L (350 in³) LT1 V8
* 1998-2002 5.seven L (350 in³) LS1 V8
2002 marked the very last calendar year of the Chevrolet Camaro and was also the thirty fifth anniversary for the Camaro. This milestone was celebrated with a specific anniversary car modified from the factory by SLP. The anniversary offer was only available on the SS (Super Sport).
Engine modifications had been available in addition to the 325 hp (242 kW) engine which all Super Sporting activities produce. Silver racing stripes down the hood and trunk lid built the car additional visible than ever—especially in opposition to the Vivid Rally Red paint (the only shade available with the anniversary offer).
The car also had the slogan connected to it “Depart a Lasting Impact” and had the logo embroidered in the seats. The car was only available as a convertible or with T-Tops. 3,000 Camaros with the anniversary offer had been produced for the United States and 152 for Canada.
Even though creation Camaros had been never ever as quick as the flagship Corvette, the car cost significantly less than half as much and was simply modified. If its repeated inclusion in automotive fanatic journals is any indication, the Chevy Camaro is one particular of the most well-known cars for modification in the automotive record.
In the course of its record, the Camaro shared its internal human body and significant factors with a sister car – the Pontiac Firebird.