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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