The Chevrolet Camaro: Third and fourth generations (Part 2)
The first Camaros with factory fuel injection were introduced in 1982. Additional new options included a four-speed automatic transmission and five-speed manual transmission, 15- or 16-inch rims and hatchback body style.
The Camaro Z28 was Motor Trend magazine's Car of the Year and paced the Indianapolis 500. More than 6000 replicas were sold. The pace car edition featured two-tone silver/blue paint and special striping, orange pin-striping on 15-inch Z28 wheels, and a silver/blue interior with 6-way Lear-Seigler manual adjustable seating.
In 1985, the famous IROC-Z, named after the popular competition International Race of Champions, was introduced. The IROC-Z Camaro featured upgraded suspension, a special decal package and a Tuned Port Injection system taken from the Corvette.
Third generation Camaros were more capable in corners than previous generations. The Camaro IROC-Z was featured in Car and Driver magazine's Ten Best list for 1985.
Fourth generation: 1993 to 2002
The fourth (and last) generation of Camaros lasted from 1993 through the 2002 model year. The new design incorporated lightweight plastic body panels over a steel space frame and a better suspension.
The 1993 Camaro line featured the LT1 V-8 engine that was introduced in the Corvette one year earlier, as well as an optional six-speed manual transmission when ordered with the V-8.
In celebration of this, the 1993 Camaro Z28 was selected as the official pace car for the 1993 Indianapolis 500, and a pace car edition with a unique black and white color scheme was produced in limited quantities.
In 1996, the Camaro saw minor mechanical revisions as well as some power gains from the new OBD II-compliant engine controls and improved exhaust. Two option packages returned. The "RS" package was an appearance option for V-6 cars. The "SS" package was a performance and appearance package for V-8 cars.
Camaro featured a "30th Anniversary Package" for the 1997 model year. It included unique orange stripes on white base paint. The exterior of the car remained mostly unchanged except for the addition of amber to the rear taillights. The interior, however, received a major facelift.