1989 Chevrolet Camaro

1989 Chevrolet Camaro
The IROC-Z was again the top of the line
for the 1989 Chevrolet Camaro.

The 1989 Chevrolet Camaro base model was renamed RS, giving it a sportier moniker if not a sportier demeanor. And because Camaros had become popular with thieves, topping the charts in some years, the Corvette's Pass-Key theft-deterrent system became standard for 1989.

Powertrain offerings stayed the same as in '88. Standard on the RS coupe was the good ol' 2.8-liter V-6 still belting out 135 horsepower. Standard on the RS convertible and optional on the coupe was again a 170-horsepower 5.0-liter V-8.

That same engine was standard on the IROC-Z as well, but the IROC also offered two optional V-8s: a port-fuel-injected 5.0-liter with 220 horsepower and a 5.7-liter with 230 horsepower. All could be mated to either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic except the last, which came only with the automatic.

Though little had changed, the cost of a Camaro went up by $500-$930, meaning that the price of entry now stood at $11,495. Surprisingly, that didn't hurt sales, which grew from 1988's disappointing 96,275 to a slightly less depressing 110,739.

But the Camaro was now being soundly whipped by the rival Mustang (which was out-selling it by about two to one), and a more modern replacement was a good four years away.

1989 Chevrolet Camaro
Base RS Camaros had the familiar
punishing ride and poor visibility.

1989 Chevrolet Camaro Facts
Model Weight range (lbs.) Price range (new)
Number built
Camaro 3,082-3,285 $11,495-$18,945110,739

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