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...