For 1996, the 3800 V6 model now
became the base model, with the RS package returning. The RS was an option
package that added spoilers and ground-effects to the base V6 package. OBD-II
ECM made its debut, to better diagnose engine problems, and the oil cooler was
dropped. Air conditioning was now standard, even on the special 1LE packages
(which now included Koni adjustable shocks).
The Y87 Performance Package was made available on the Coupe & RS models,
consisting of 4-wheel disc brakes, 3.42 differential and the sportier suspension
components of the Z28. This package required the P235/55-TR16 tires.
The most important change for 1996 was the resurfacing of the famous Super Sport
package, after a 24 year absence. The new Camaro SS, modified by SLP
Engineering, featured P245/40ZR17 BFGoodrich Comp T/A tires riding on new
17" five spoke wheels. A fully functional induction scoop was included to
boost the advertised ponies to 305 (again, a little underrated), or 315 with the
optional dual exhaust, and a suspension-package allowed the SS to hug the
corners at levels almost as impressive as the Corvette. Sales were skyrocketing,
needless to say...