1988 Chevrolet Camaro
Base 1988 Chevrolet Camaros had
many items previously offered on the Z28.
The 1988 Chevrolet Camaro lineup included only two entries: the base sport coupe and the IROC-Z. Previously an option package on the Z28, the IROC-Z became a model in its own right for 1988; also gone were the LT options packages for the base car, so buyers were faced with fewer choices.
But several of the Z28's styling features were transferred to the base Camaro, making it much racier looking; lower-body side panels, rear spoiler, body-colored mirrors, and aluminum wheels all became standard.
It still came with a 135-horsepower 2.8-liter V-6, but buyers could put some dash behind the flash by ordering the optional 5.0-liter throttle-body-injected V-8 that packed 170 horsepower, five more than the previous year's carbureted version. Both engines could be mated to a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission.
The same 170-horsepower 5.0-liter V-8 was standard in the IROC-Z, but two brawnier V-8s were optional. First up was a port-injected version boasting 220 horsepower when paired with the standard five-speed manual, or 195 with the optional four-speed automatic. Top fire-breather was the Corvette's 230-horsepower 5.7-liter V-8, but it came only with the automatic.
Many base models were sold with the
optional 170-horsepower 5.0-liter V-8.
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