The exterior appearance of the 1983 Camaro remained mostly unchanged, however, the list of powertrain combinations increased and included a 151 cubic-inch (2.5-liter) fuel-injected four, a 173 CID (2.8-liter) V6 and two 305 CID (5.0 liter) V8s. The 2-door coupe had a base price of $7,845 with the four-cylinder engine, $8,190 for the V6, and $8,386 for the V8. The base sport coupe could now be ordered with an optional five-speed overdrive manual transmission that was standard on other models. Also available was a new four-speed overdrive automatic transmission with lock-up torque converter.
Trim levels included the base, Berlinetta, and the Z/28. The base-level had dual black outside rearview mirrors, quad headlamps, a carpeted cargo floor with a storage well, power ventilation system, reclining front bucket seats, side window defoggers, a hinged stowage compartment in the front center console, power front disc brakes with audible wear sensors, rear drum brakes, and a fast-ratio power steering system. It rode on 14x6 inch body-color wheels with hubcaps. Safety equipment included all GM safety and anti-theft features.
The Berlinetta models were powered by a 173 CID V6 backed by a five-speed overdrive manual transmission. They had an AM/FM stereo electronic-tuning radio, a digital clock, a smooth-ride suspension, custom vinyl reclining front bucket seats with adjustable head restraints, a sport aluminum hood, dual horns, hood and sail panel decals, and a lockable fuel filler door. The 14x7 inch finned aluminum wheels with gold accents were wrapped with P207/70R-14 black sidewall tires.
The total 1981 Chevy Camaro Berlinetta production reached 27,925 with 14,473 powered by six-cylinder engines and 13,452 fitted with V8s.
The Camaro Z/28 models were powered by a carbureted V8 engine and had a base price of $10,335. Z/28s could be powered by the Cross-Fire fuel-injected V8 which also had functional dual air intake hood scoops. The high-output 305 V8 used revised cams and four-barrel carburetors helping it develop 190 horsepower. 3,223 Camaro Z/28 models were equipped with the H.O. V8 engine in 1983.
The Camaro Z28 had Z/28 insignia, Camaro logos, stereo radios with electronic tuning, dual body-color sport outside rearview mirrors, a front air dam, ground effect rocker moldings finished in silver or gold, quad headlamps, and a rear decklid spoiler. The cargo floor was carpeted, there was a hinged stowage compartment in the front center console, and reclining front bucket seats. There were 14x7 inch five-spoke cast-aluminum wheels with charcoal, silver, or gold accent color.By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2020