1996 Chevrolet Camaro
The Chevrolet Camaro Z28 SS got
more power for 1996, as did the base model.
The biggest change occurred under the hoods of base models. Replacing the formerly standard 160-horsepower 3.4-liter V-6 was the 200-horsepower 3.8-liter V-6 added as an option late in the 1995 model year. For '96, however, it was available with either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic, the latter being the only transmission offered previously.
Further elevating the base model's capabilities was a new Performance Handling Package that included a limited-slip differential, four-wheel disc brakes, dual exhaust outlets, and faster steering ratio. A sporty appearance package was also introduced.
Carrying the RS designation used on previous-generation Camaros, it consisted of lower front and rear fascia extensions, rocker-panel moldings, and a three-piece rear spoiler. New 16-inch chromed aluminum wheels, available on both base models and Z28s, could be ordered to further dress up a '96 Camaro.
Z28s also gained more power, their 5.7-liter V-8 being boosted from 275 to 285 horsepower. They also got a new low-coolant-level indicator. As before, a CAGS (Computer-Aided Gear Selection) six-speed manual transmission was standard, with a four-speed automatic optional. Whether mated to the V-6 or the V-8, the automatic gained a second-gear-start mode for use on slippery surfaces.
The fourth-generation Camaro received
numerous refinements for 1996.
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