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    1982–1983 Camaro “Iron Duke”

    If you never want to get another speeding ticket, buy a used 1982 to 1983 Chevy Camaro equipped with the 90-horsepower “Iron Duke” four-cylinder engine and three-speed automatic transmission. Floor it and you’ll age faster than the car accelerates. It took the 5-liter V-8 powered “Crossfire Injection” 1982 Z28 nearly 18 seconds to cover the quarter-mile—so reflect on the possible forward momentum potential of the same car with four fewer cylinders and roughly half the power. This was a car that put you in danger of getting a ticket for going too slow.

    Few cars were as loose-toothed as a four-cylinder 1982 Camaro—a car as torpid as the early-1980s economy, but more deceptive than Ed “What illegal arms shipments?” Meese. People living in the Reagan Years knew jobs were scarce, gas prices high, and interest rates outrageous. But looking at the sleek new bodywork of the restyled 1982 Camaro—with its steeply raked windshield and jet fighter–inspired “driver’s cockpit”—lulled many buyers into believing they were about to go for a ride instead of being taken for one.

    The 1982 model year also marked the first time that a Camaro came with anything less than a six-cylinder engine—and the 2.5 liter “Iron Duke” has the shame of being the weakest engine Chevrolet ever installed in its Mustang-fighter. Luckily for GM, Ford had lobotomized the Mustang almost as effectively—leaving enthusiast drivers with a choice between slow and slower.

    There were two engine upgrades available: a 2.8-liter V-6 rated at 112 horsepower, or a small-bore 5-liter V-8 with either a four-barrel carburetor (145 horsepower) or, at the pinnacle of power, “Crossfire Fuel Injection” and all of 165 horsepower. Even with the top engine, Camaro had lost almost 30 horsepower compared with the equivalent 1981 model—100, if you compared the 1981 Z28 350 with the 1982 “Iron Duke” 2.5 liter.

    The look may have been “jet fighter-inspired”— but the performance envelope was more like a grounded Cessna’s.

    Luckily, the 1982 “third generation” Camaro was the most aerodynamic vehicle GM had built to date—which meant it picked up a little speed when going downhill. And after just a few years the four-cylinder was dropped and the formerly extra-cost 2.8 liter V-6 moved up to become the Camaro's standard powerplant—ending the humiliation of being left in the dust by K-car station wagons.

    For more, see: http://www.amazon.com/Automotive-Atr...5114803#reader

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    1982 Camaro Z28

    The '82 Z28 was an ok car. Not powerful or quick but decently balanced. But the base car with the four was just ... awful!

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