The tame but luxurious 1984 Berlinetta was heavy with gadgets.
The 1984 Chevrolet Camaro's most newsworthy
change came in the form of a new dashboard
for the Berlinetta model that boasted more "gee-whiz" electronic
gadgetry than a fighter jet.
It had digital readouts for vehicle and engine speeds, plus a bar graph tachometer, warning lights for fluid levels, and needle gauges for fuel, temperature, oil pressure, and voltage.
Dual adjustable control pods flanked the main instrument cluster, and their positioning could be adjusted to suit the driver's reach. Cruise control buttons were mounted on the steering wheel, and an overhead console contained map lights and a storage pouch.
In mid-1983, a High-Output (H.O.) 190-horsepower carbureted 5.0-liter V-8 was added to the Z28's options list, offering 10 more horsepower than the Cross-Fire Injected version. The latter was dropped altogether for '84.
Whereas the Cross-Fire engine came only with a four-speed automatic transmission, the H.O. could be paired with a five-speed manual, further increasing the Z28's performance potential.
Prices didn't go up much but sales did, rising nearly 70 percent to an impressive 261,000. Oddly enough, base coupes and the Z28 sported the biggest gains, while the Berlinetta -- with its flashy new dash -- showed only a modest increase.
The Z28 could do zero to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds.
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