The first was a new special hood with a rear facing inlet and cold-air duct underneath the hood. Chevy needed to build 50 to qualify the car for racing, and in the end built 69 Camaros and 2 Corvettes with the ZL-1 engine. It took until the early s to sell them all. The first were special dealer-installed units, most notably the Yenko Camaro Their high price made them difficult to sell and at least 12 engines were removed and about 30 cars were returned back to Chevrolet.
The SS trim and engine were deleted, and the engine, cowl-induction hood, front disc brakes, a choice of heavy duty 4 speed transmissions or Turbo Hydra-matic, and a 4: The Yenko Camaro is a typical example: The Camaro also received new fenders, door skins, rear quarter-panels, grille and taillights which gave it a wider, lower appearance.
On the low-performance side, a new V8 a crank in a block rated at bhp was added and a new V8 rated at bhp replaced the more powerful engine. Overshadowing these dealer modified Camaros was the factory Camaro ZL1. The grill became deeper set, the taillamps were longer and thinner and broken into three segments.
But real performance is more than special upholstery and the big news for was the availability of special cid V8 equipped Camaros. SS V8 bhp rpm, lb-ft rpm. The Z28 continued with its seriously under-rated now called DZ engine.
No special hood was needed. Endura rubber bumpers were available on the Camaro as well as two ram air induction systems for the SS.
One can only wonder what they are worth today. This was the fastest car ever produced by Chevrolet. Inside, the Camaro received a redesigned dash and more comfortable seats.
Yenko installed the block, changed the rating to a more realistic bhp, and added inch rally wheels, bigger front roll bar, and sYc Yenko Sports Car badging.
A full complement of racing add ons were available and sub 13 second quarter miles were possible with a few more dollars. With factory exhausts and tires, it turned low 13s; with headers and slicks, it could turn The RS package was still popular, and included a special grill with concealed headlights of a ribbed design and washers, chrome wheel well moldings, drip rails, pinstripes, and RS badging.
To add to the confusion, some late cars were titled as models.
But instead of the regular iron-block and head L72 found in the dealer installed Camaros, the ZL1 sported aluminum heads and the first aluminum block ever made by Chevrolet. A matching crease went from the rear wheel well to the rear quarter panel. The second was a dealer installed cowl plenum kit that came with a special air cleaner and adapter.
Production of the Camaros continued into the beginning of as the all new Camaros were not released until mid For that, we saluted Tom Leahy and his Chevrolet Camaro Z28 with the Best in Show award at this past weekend’s Musclepalooza XXVIII.
“I know you want me to tell you a story about how I dragged it out of a barn and restored it,” Tom said. Specifications of the '92 Chevy Camaro RS 25th Anniversary Edition.
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