The IROC-Z was again the top of the line
for the 1989 Chevrolet Camaro.
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.
Base RS Camaros had the familiar
punishing ride and poor visibility.
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