1983 Chevrolet Camaro

1983 Chevrolet Camaro
Quality improved for the 1983 Camaro,
in its first full model year of a new design.

The 1983 Chevrolet Camaro, coming on the heels of a complete makeover in '82, offered two new transmissions and more power for some engines but saw only minor changes otherwise.

In an effort to increase performance and fuel economy, a five-speed manual transmission was added to the options list for the base Sport Coupe with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and made standard with the 2.8-liter V-6 and carbureted 5.0-liter V-8.

Standard with the Cross-Fire Injected 5.0-liter V-8 was a new four-speed automatic with lockup torque converter -- the only transmission offered with that engine.

The four-speed automatic was optional with all other engines, and a three-speed automatic was optional with the four or the V-6.

Like other U.S. manufacturers, Chevrolet was finally learning to cope with the government's emissions regulations. Horsepower went up by two on the 2.5-liter four to 92, 10 on the 2.8-liter V-6, now 112, and 15 on the top 5.0-liter Cross-Fire Injected V-8 (optional only on the Z28), now a rousing 180.

The base carbureted 5.0 V-8 stayed the same at 150. At midyear, a High Output (H.O.) version of the carbureted 5.0-liter V-8 was introduced, raising the ante to 190 horsepower -- 10 more than the Cross-Fire Injected engine, which it would later replace.

1983 Chevrolet Camaro
The 1983 Z28 offered reasonably aggressive performance.

1983 Chevrolet Camaro Facts
Model Weight range (lbs.) Price range (new)
Number built
Camaro 2,944-3,136 $8,036-$10,336153,831

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