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 History Of The Chevrolet Camaro

1982 - The 3rd Gens are Born

Originally on: http://cars.dozer.com/features/camaro_history/camaro_history.html

By tigeraid

A 3rd Generation is Born

As a sign of the times, the Camaro was redesigned for 1982. The new styling was quite overwhelming, which is fortunate since the power plants were not. Only three levels of Camaro were offered... base, the Berlinetta, and the Z28. One of the rarest and most collectible 3rd-generation Camaro's is the '82 Indy Pace Car, clad in silver, blue and red trim.

The engines offered were less than spectacular. At the bottom was a 90hp 4-banger. The 2.5 liter Iron Duke was an excellent, bulletproof 4 cylinder engine, but it made its home best in small S-10s and Vegas, not in what was supposed to be America's top pony car. The middle option was the 2.8 litre V-6 wheezing out 102 hp, and two 305 cid (5.0 litre) V-8s. The base 305 4-barrel was rated at a ridiculous 145hp, and the "top" V-8 was the 305 equipped with the Corvette's Cross-Fire Injection system (twin throttle-body fuel injection) making 165hp.

While the new refined styling was a sign of the times, so obviously was the paltry performance. However with new technology on the horizon, things were going to get better...


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