The 1986 IROC-Z was a potent performer,
but style also counted to buyers.
The 1986 Chevrolet Camaro got a few sportier touches on the base model, which proved, once again, to be the most popular. Added were a sport suspension, wider 14-inch tires on styled steel wheels, and sport exhaust system.
It still came standard with the 88-horsepower 2.5-liter four, but few Camaro buyers settled for the base engine. Those ordering either the 135-horsepower 2.8-liter V-6 or 155-horsepower 5.0-liter V-8 automatically got 15-inch wheels and a firmer suspension.
Traditionally the slowest-selling Camaro, the ritzy Berlinetta got only new interior trim -- which predictably failed to spark sales. Conversely, the performance-oriented Z28 and its brawnier IROC-Z stablemate were enjoying near-record popularity.
They were the only two models to offer the H.O. 5.0-liter V-8 with 190 horsepower (coupled only to a four-speed manual transmission) and the port-fuel-injected 5.0 with 215 horsepower (offered only with four-speed automatic).
With performance making a comeback from the dark days of yore, Camaro sales continued strong. Despite a design that had changed little since '82, Chevy's rear-drive sports coupe racked up better than 192,000 orders, an impressive showing for such a specialized automobile.
Interiors on the IROC-Z and other Camaros
were functional but appliance-like.
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