Tag Archive for Camaro

Retro Review: 1980-’81 Z28 Camaro

'80 Z action (best)

Arguably, the best second-generation Z28s were the first – and the last. While the Z’s sister car – Pontiac’s Trans-Am – rose to the occasion several times during the lowest points of the middle-late 1970s (examples include the ’73-74 SD-455, the most powerful Trans-Am ever made – and made at a moment when power –…

2012 Chevy Camaro SS

Back in 1987, I was very happy with my 1980 Z28 – which had less than half the horsepower of the 2012 Camaro SS I just spent a week with. Ye gods, the base 2012 V-6 Camaro puts out 133 more horsepower than my old 350 V-8 Z28. And despite having twice the power of…

2011 Camaro Convertible: Finally!

The first factory-built Camaro convertible in two – no, three – generations is finally here and just in time to catch up with the Mustang convertible and put some distance between itself and the still-not-here-yet Dodge Challenger convertible. WHAT IT IS The convertible version of Chevy’s reincarnated muscle car. Prices begin at $29,275 for the…

An Early Sunset For Camaro?

Camaro sunset JPEG

I’m not seeing many new Camaros – so I thought I’d check into the numbers. It does not look good. Despite the hype, GM only sold 81,299 Camaros last year, the first full production year. For some perspective, that’s about what Camaro (and its now-defunct sister car, the Pontiac Firebird) sales were back in 2002…

In the Rearview Mirror: 1977-81 Z28 Camaro

The smart athlete retires gracefully, at his peak – before he starts to slip and give off that “has-been” stink. To their credit, that’s what Chevrolet managers did when they discontinued the Z28 version of the popular Camaro sport coupe after the 1974 model year. True high-performance engines such as the 1970–1971 Z28’s solid lifter-equipped…

2011 Chevy Camaro

Everyone knows Camaro. This iconic muscle car has roots that go back more than 40 years, to 1967, when the first one appeared as GM’s answer to the Ford Mustang. Like Mustang, it survived the early ’70s die-off, when almost every other muscle car went extinct, prospered through the Disco Days of the mid-late 1970s…