4th Gen- 1993-2002 Chevy Camaro model Z28 SS performance – Fourth generation Chevrolet Camaros

"Fourth generation GM Chevrolet Camaros - Z28, SS, LT1, LS1, Indy Pace Car, Convertible, + Anniversary Edition Chevy muscle cars"
Opens in this window - 1993 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 pictures - Camaro American Metal Muscle Cars by Zorly
1993 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 pictures - Rich Niewiroski Jr.
The new 4th generation Camaro would again share the F-body (or F platform) it had shared with the previous generations of this vehicle. This platform was generally derived from the GM X platform  which had powered the 60's and 70's Chevy Nova.
1993 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Coupe cutaway pics - American Metal Muscle Car
1993 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Coupe cutaway pics
This was not a new from the ground up generation, as it shared the rear suspension, and a good bit of the floorpan from the previous generation. The streamlined body design obviously included distinctive changes. Many of these changes were due to the molded plastic front fenders. The front suspension and the rack-and-pinion steering were also new on this model.
The base engine was a V6. For the first two years until 1995 the V6 was a 3.4 Liter (208 ci). The 3.8 Liter (231 ci) "Series II" would take over in 1996, and remain as the base until the end of this generation.

1993 LT1 Chevy Camaro motor pictures - American Metal Muscle Cars

1993 LT1 Chevy Camaro motor pictures - Rich Niewiroski Jr.
The basic V8 was the 350 ci (5.7 L) LT1 V8 up to 1997. There was another LT-1 (note the hyphen) from 1970-1972, but this was a different motor.
1998 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 engine photos - Camaro American Metal Muscle Cars by Zorly
1998 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 engine photos - Rich Niewiroski Jr.
In 1998 the 346 ci (5.7 L) LS1 V8 took over for the remainder of the generation. This was a C5 Corvette motor.
In Camaro's with manual transmissions, the V6 received a 5 speed, and the V8 got a T-56 (Borg-Warner or Tremec) 6 speed.
The 4L60E four-speed automatic could be found behind both motors, if so equipped.
1998 Chevrolet Camaro-Police Package pictures - Camaro American Metal Muscle Cars
1998 Chevrolet Camaro-Police Package pictures
In 1993 there was the Camaro Z28 with the 5.7 liter LT1 Corvette motor (under rated at 275 hp). This could be had with either the automatic or manual, and had four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes as standard equipment.
Camaro Z28 1993 Indianapolis 500 pace car picture - Camaro American Metal muscle cars
Camaro Z28 1993 Indianapolis 500 pace car picture - commons
There were also the black Z28 Indy Pace Car replicas. The ones you bought at the dealership were identical to the ones ran on the track, which is not always the case.
The 1994 remained largely unchanged. There were some electronics added to the automatic transmission. The big news was the convertible was back! The engineers also significantly stiffened up the chassis to offset the missing structural component (hardtop roof). They were recognized for doing exceptional work with this convertible chassis, in regards to strength.
Gary M - 1995 Camaro Z28 - Camaro American Metal muscle cars
Gary M's 1995 Camaro Z28
1995 saw the introduction of the replacement 3.6 liter "3800" V6 which was a strong running motor (200 hp). This V6 was claimed to be more powerful than the strongest engine available on the 1984 Camaro. All California base models got the motor this year due to emissions compliance regulations, and every base Camaro would get this engine in the next year (1996).
Camaro NHRA Chevy Race Driver Tommy Johnson car pictures - Camaro American Metal Muscle Cars
Camaro NHRA Chevy Race Driver Tommy Johnson car pictures
Keep in mind that the method in which horsepower was measured had changed since then, so even though an earlier engine might have a higher horsepower rating than a new car, the lower horsepower figures on the new car ratings far exceeded rear wheel output of older cars with similar horsepower numbers. Basically the old engines were measured bolted to a stand by themselves, and the new motors were measured in the car with all the belts and accessories hooked up (which obviously adds quite a bit of drag).
Besides that, the Z28 was now available with traction control. Also, a problematic distributor was improved on the LT1 this year which meant that early and late model distributors and cams would not be interchangeable with the LT1.
1996 Chevy Camaro pictures - American Metal Muscle Cars
1996 Chevy Camaro pictures - commons
In 1996 the RS package returned. The Z28 LS1 V8 jumped to 285 horsepower. The SS was brought back by SLP Engineering, and the SS included upgraded wheels, and a 305 hp net rating. This was one of the most powerful Camaros ever. These numbers had not been seen since 1971 using the old numbers, and had never been seen before this time, on a Camaro, using the new horsepower measurement standards.
gen 4 Chevrolet Penske Camaro Z28 muscle car pictures - American Metal muscle cars
gen 4 Chevrolet Penske Camaro Z28 muscle car pictures
1997 was the 30th anniversary of the Camaro, and a Z28 with orange stripes (like the '69 Camaro Pace Car) was released to recognize this. SLP also released a Corvette LT4 based 5.7 liter Z28 SS kicking out 330 hp, but had a limited run of only 106 cars. They were priced at about $40,000 US.
CHP 4th gen Chevrolet Camaro Police Car pictures - American Metal Muscle Cars
CHP 4th gen Chevrolet Camaro Police Car pictures - BrokenSphere
The 1998 Camaro had an exterior styling change mainly on the front plastic nose (fascia) area.
The real good news though was in receiving the C5 Corvette type LS1 5.7 V8 all aluminum motor cranking 305 ponies (The last all aluminum motor in a Camaro was the 1969 ZL-1).
GM also took back control of the SS, added ram-air induction, and tuned the LS1 to 320 horsepower.
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Chevrolet Camaro Convertible images - Bull-Doser
2001 Chevrolet Camaro SS pictures - American Metal Muscle Cars
2001 Chevrolet Camaro SS pictures - Liftarn
1999-2002 saw few changes for the Camaro, as it was on its way out for awhile. There was a new limited-slip differential, some bolt-on's, paint, 310 horsepower for the LS1 Z28, and finally a fairly simple 35 anniversary Z28 SS edition during these years. All these cars were strong solid runners, and were loved by the enthusiasts.
Chevrolet 302 Camaro Concept Vehicle photos - Camaro American Metal Muscle Cars
Chevrolet 302 Camaro Concept Vehicle photos
2002 Chevrolet Camaro SS Anniversary Edition pictures - American Metal Muscle Cars
2002 Chevrolet Camaro SS Anniversary Edition pictures - Rich Niewiroski Jr.
The 2001-2002 SS had some good performance stats and was claimed good for 0-60 in 5.3 seconds, 1/4 mile in 13.7 seconds @ 105.6 mph. These cars were no slouches.
2002 Chevrolet Camaro SS 35th Convertible Anniversary Edition pictures - Camaro American Metal Muscle Cars
2002 Chevrolet Camaro SS 35th Convertible Anniversary Edition pictures
Well, it's finally good times again with the 5th generation Camaro around the corner, and that is what we will be concentrating on, especially in reference to what the aftermarket is doing to improve on it.
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