|Sporty/performance car; Built in Canada|
|Good condition price range: $1,700 – $7,500*|
1993 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 2-door hatchback
1993 Chevrolet Camaro Z-28 2-door hatchback
1994 Chevrolet Camaro Z-28 2-door convertible
1993 Chevrolet Camaro Z-28 interior
1995 Chevrolet Camaro 3.8-liter V-6 engine
1996 Chevrolet Camaro 2-door convertible
This generation of Camaro is the best ever, but we feel that it forces too many compromises to be a daily driver for anyone but the performance enthusiast.
Total restyling of Chevrolet’s sporty rear-drive hatchback coupe retained some familiar cues, in a more curvy body made largely of dent-resistant composite material. As before, the popular “pony car” came in base trim (with V6 power) and as a Z28 (propelled by a V8). Base and high-performance Z28 models again are similar to the Pontiac Firebird, riding the same basic platform as before. Dimensions grew only slightly, but this latest rendition gained some weight–and power. All Camaros now included dual airbags and antilock braking. A reworked dashboard put all gauges in a semicircular pod, easy to view. No convertible hit the market for the 1993 model year.
A convertible arrived late in ’94, with a glass back window and power top. The Z28’s 6-speed gearbox added Computer-Aided Gear Selection, which forces a first-to-fourth gear shift when accelerating from a stop under light throttle.
Traction control finally became optional at midseason, but only for Z28 Camaros. It can be switched off, if desired. Later in the model year, a 3.8-liter V6 became optional in base Camaros.
The 3.8-liter V6 engine, introduced as an option during 1995, became standard in base Camaros. The Z28’s 5.7-liter V8 gained 10 horsepower. A new RS package added lower-body aero trim and a 3-piece spoiler to base coupes and convertibles. Moving further into performance, an “SS” (Super Sport) option became available for the Z28. Produced by an outside firm, SLP Engineering, the SS package includes wider wheels and tires, styling and suspension modifications, and a functional hood scoop. Engine horsepower rose to 305 on the SS.
Redesigned dashboards, daytime running lights, and revised taillamps were added to all 1997 Camaros. Accompanying the new standard dash is a revised center console with more storage space.
Camaro gets a restyled nose courtesy of a fresh fascia, composite headlamps, and a restyled hood and fenders. Underhood, the Z28 gets a version of the Corvette’s aluminum V8 with 305 horsepower, 20 more than last year. SS models get a power boost to 320 horsepower.
Traction control was a new option on base models and the fuel tank grew from 15.5 gallons to 16.8.
Facing ever-declining sales, Chevrolet’s “ponycar” saw little change for 2000. All models now had steering-wheel audio controls. Engines were retuned to Low Emissions Vehicle (LEV) standards, for states that required it. Z28 coupes switched from black to body-color door mirrors. Wheels were redesigned for both the SS option and the Performance and Handling package available on other Camaros.
The Z28-based SS package returned for 2001 with high-power V8, functional hood scoop, larger tires, new rear spoiler, and upgraded suspension. V8s gained 5 horsepower and all models got retuned shock absorbers.
For its final season, Chevrolet’s rear-wheel-drive sports coupe offered a 35th Anniversary Package for the SS version. The package included red paint, dual silver stripes, and special wheels and trim. Newly standard were a CD player and automatic transmission for V6 versions. Pontiac’s Firebird shared Camaro’s design and also retired after the 2002 model year.