While the 1993 fourth-generation Chevrolet Camaro was very much new, it shared some of the floor stamping and all of the rear suspension with the third-generation car. But with plastic front fenders, a new short-arm/long-arm front suspension, rack-and-pinion steering and a sleek new profile, the 1993 Chevrolet Camaro stood apart.
The 1993 Chevrolet Camaro lineup included two models: base sport coupe powered by a 160-horsepower 3.4-liter version of GM’s V6 and the Z28 with the Corvette’s 5.7-liter LT1 small-block V8 underrated at 275 horsepower.
The LT1 was the most powerful small-block installed in the Camaro since its namesake, the 1970 LT-1. Behind it was either a four-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission and 16-inch wheels and tires; and four-wheel antilock disc brakes were standard.
The convertible Camaro returned with the 1994 model year. Designed and built by GM at the St. Therese, Quebec, plant where all F-cars were assembled, the 1994 convertible’s chassis was stiffer than the previous convertible’s.
While the 1995 Z28 received only minor changes (all-season tires and traction control were now available), the base Chevrolet Camaro added GM’s 3.8-liter V6 as an option. The 3800 was significantly more powerful and refined than the 3400, and by 1996 would become the only V6 in Camaros.
The RS name reappeared on the V6 coupe as a spoiler and ground effects package. On the Z28 side, the V8’s output jumped to 285 horsepower and SLP Engineering brought back the SS name by adding engine tweaks and 17-inch five-spoke wheels wrapped with P245/40ZR17 BFGoodrich Comp T/A tires. The SS, with its 305 horsepower rating was the first factory Camaro to break the 300 horsepower barrier since 1971, and the first of any year using net ratings.
The fourth-generation Camaro’s first refresh came for 1998 with a new front fascia design. But the real news lay behind that face where the C5 Corvette’s new-age all-aluminum small-block LS-1 V8 took up residence in the Z28. The 5.7-liter LS-1 was the first all-aluminum engine offered in a Camaro since the ’69 ZL-1 and carried a 305-horsepower rating.
Except for electronic throttle control on V6 models, a new oil life monitor and a Torsen limited-slip differential, the 1999 Camaros resembled the ’98 models. 2001 brought restyled 16-inch wheels, a new paint color and the LS-1’s output rating to 310 horsepower in the Z28.
For 2002, changes were minimal. Z28s got a new power steering cooler, the sound systems were revised and V6 convertibles got the automatic transmission standard. Chevrolet did celebrate the car’s 35th year, however, with a special graphics package for the Z28 SS coupe and convertible.