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1998 Chevrolet Camaro SS


It's one of the only American sport coupes that's stayed true to its lineage for more than 30 years. While others have come and gone, Chevy Camaro has always stood for style, agility and performance. For 1998, that performance bloodline continues, as Camaro arrives with a number of dramatic changes, including a new exterior appearance, a modified Corvette LS1 5.7 Liter V8 engine in Z28 models, as well as chassis and braking improvements, an available Sport Appearance Package (formerly the RS) on all models and a factory-direct Z28 with the SS Performance/ Appearance Package.

The updated exterior appearance is the first update Camaro buyers will notice for 1998. The front-end design includes a new sheet-metal hood, new fenders and front fascia, composite headlamps with reflector optics for improved nighttime visibility and new sporty, optional foglamps. Also new are two exterior colors - Sport Gold Metallic and Navy Blue Metallic. New body-color door handles complement any exterior color. A Chevrolet bowtie embossed on the hood blanket contributes to the overall sporty look of Camaro. Posted on

Camaro Coupe is available in standard and Z28 models. Optional removable roof panels give the feel of open-air performance. Or, for the ultimate 'wind-in-the-hair' ride, Camaro Convertible is available in standard and Z28 models as well.

Prospective Camaro buyers will be excited to learn that the '98 Z28 features a version of the new-generation 5.7 Liter LS1 V8 engine found in Corvette. In Camaro Z28, the LS1 engine develops more horsepower than last year's LT1 V8 engine - an impressive 305 horsepower and 335 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine features an aluminum engine block and a composite intake manifold and air intake system. And, of course, Camaro Coupe and Convertible continue to offer the standard 3800 V6 SFI engine, which offers proven performance. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard on Camaro Coupe and Convertible, while a 6-speed manual transmission is optional on Z28 models for those who desire a little extra hands-on performance. A 4-speed automatic transmission is optional on Camaro Coupe and Convertible and standard on Z28 models.

The Camaro chassis receives a number of improvements for 1998, including a revised 4-wheel disc brake system (now standard on all Camaro models), new anti-lock brake system (ABS) components and new suspension tuning. Also, optional for Z28 models, improved Acceleration Slip Regulation (traction control) provides drivers with optimum control during slippery driving conditions. Únderneath, Camaro features a new, one-piece, all-welded exhaust system designed to reduce noise and vibration.

'When you examine all the changes made to Camaro in the last two years, you'll find we've basically re-engineered the car for the sport coupe market,' said **** Almond, Camaro Brand Manager. 'We've taken a strong, performance-oriented package and continually refined it to meet the voice of our customer.'

'Last year, we concentrated on the interior, the tail treatment and safety features. This year, the front end, engine and chassis received the most refinement. We believe the result is an outstanding lineup that takes the sport coupe image to the next level,' Almond §äid.

It's more than performance that attracts buyers to Camaro. Its fun-to-drive quotient and expressive styling have also attracted many buyers to the Camaro fold. In fact, 70 percent of buyers currently choose the standard Camaro and its award-winning 3800 V6 engine for their daily transportation needs.

A new SS Performance/Appearance Package takes Camaro Z28 to the ultimate level of power and handling. Available on both Z28 Coupe and Convertible, the Camaro SS includes an exclusive composite hood with a functional air scoop and modified induction system upping the LS1 to a healthy 320 horsepower, new P275/40ZR-17 Goodyear Eagle F1 performance tires with specific 17' x 9' wheels, a 3-inch stainless-steel exhaust tip and a new SS-specific rear spoiler with LED center high-mounted stoplamp.

Buyers also appreciate the standard safety features. For 1998, Camaro continues to offer Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) with Automatic Exterior Lamp Control, so others can see Camaro more easily during the day, and standard driver and front-passenger air bags, which help reduce the chance of injury in certain moderate to severe frontal collisions. A reinforced safety cage helps minimize intrusion into the passenger compartment with strong structural components, while standard anti-lock brakes help reduce wheel lockup and help the driver maintain steering control during severe braking, even on slippery surfaces.

Camaro is designed to make the ownership experience an easy one. Platinum-tip spark plugs can go up to 100,000 miles before replacing* and extended-life engine coolant is good for 5 years or 150,000 miles, whichever comes first*. And, on models equipped with an automatic transmission, there's extended-life transmission fluid which, under normal operating conditions, never needs replacement. Scotchgard™ Protector on cloth seats, door panels and floor covering resists stains and makes cleanups easy. For added convenience, Camaro features standard battery-rundown protection, which automatically turns off the headlamps or interior lights if they are inadvertently left on after 10 minutes.

The 1998 Camaro is an impressively equipped, fun-to-drive, genuine American sports car. Whether looking for the exhilarating open-air experience of a convertible, the sleek look of a coupe with a hardtop or the convenience of a coupe with removable T-Tops, Camaro delivers performance excitement.

Source - GM Corporation

What's New

Chevy Camaro represents 30 years of uncompromised American sports coupe performance. In fact, while other entries departed from their 'pony car' lineage over the years, Camaro has been a consistent force on the automotive scene, remaining true to its original image and mission. As a result, it's still unequaled today among its top competitors in 0–60 and quarter-mile acceleration, lateral g performance and slalom timing.

For 1998, the best gets better, as Chevrolet unveils the refined Camaro model lineup at the 1997 Chicago Auto Show. The '98 Camaro, which arrives in dealer showrooms this fall, is the next logical evolution in a proud performance legacy, sporting a more contemporary look, more V8 horsepower and torque, better fuel economy and a quieter ride. And, as a bonus, this Camaro meets 1999 federal emission standards ... one year early.

Here are some details on the latest generation of America's definitive performance car:

The 1998 Camaro comes in several models and body styles: The standard model, RS appearance package and Z28 are all available in either coupe or convertible versions. And now, the SS performance and appearance package is factory installed.
On the outside, Camaro's front end has an all-new hood, front fenders, front fascia, headlamps and windshield wiper system. The 1998 Camaro headlamps are composite and utilize reflector optics for better nighttime visibility. All models now feature body-colored door handles for a coordinated look. The Chevrolet bowtie logo is embossed on the underside of the hood blanket.

Exterior changes give the 1998 Camaro an aerodynamic front end. Said Werner Paulus, GM total vehicle integration engineer: 'The new exterior has evolved into a contemporary, pleasing, aerodynamic and nimble look. The styling changes give the car a softer, sleeker appearance.'

At the core of the Camaro is power ... the heart-thumping performance that sports car buyers demand. And the 1998 model delivers. A version of the 1997 Corvette's LS1 V8 powers the new Z28 and SS. In the Camaro Z28 and SS, the engine develops 305 hp at 5200 rpm, and 335 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm. This is an improvement over the 1997 Z28 of 25 hp and 10 lb.-ft. of torque. The standard model Camaro comes equipped with the 3800 V6, at 200 hp it's still one of the most powerful V6s in its class. The V8 is mated to a Borg Warner-designed T56 manual transmission manufactured by Tremec, and the V6 is coupled with a Borg Warner-designed T5 transmission, also made by Tremec.

Camaro's fuel economy is improved over 1997, as well. The 1998 model with V8 manual power achieves an estimated 18 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, versus 16/27 for the 1997. Equipped with an automatic transmission, ratings are estimated at 19 mpg city, 23 highway. (Economy ratings are adjusted, based on GM tests. EPA figures are not yet available.)

For '98, Camaro builds upon its road-hugging reputation. The suspension system has been tuned for better ride and handling, with revalved shocks in the front and rear, and increased spring rates.

The '98 Camaro SS features 17-inch Goodyear P275/40 ZR17 tires that provide improved performance feel and a smooth ride, while delivering better traction in snow. The spare tire is now 16 inches in diameter, up from 15 inches.
Four-wheel disc brakes are now standard across the lineup to provide more efficient brake cooling, resulting in more consistent stopping ability.
Antilock brakes are standard on all Camaro models (ABS is an option on the Ford Mustang). The Camaro ABS system is all-new, and is sourced from Bosch. It has fewer parts, weighs less and provides a shorter stopping distance than the old system.

The Camaro's new state-of-the-art optional traction control system (available on Z28 and SS) is reliable in all weather conditions and at all speeds. The traction control system functions through the use of brake pressure modulation, engine spark and throttle control.

The exhaust system includes an upgraded muffler — engineers added an aluminum coating to the muffler's cavity to improve corrosion protection and increase life. And both the V6 and V8 have larger mufflers for a more consistent, pleasing exhaust sound ... that still reminds drivers it's an American sports coupe.

The LS1 Engine
Now it's Camaro's turn. After debuting in the 1997 Corvette, the all-new LS1 V8 engine has been modified and made available for the 1998 Z28 and SS. Most of the changes to the engine were performed for packaging and operating efficiency. Yet, like the LS1 in the Corvette, the Camaro version features aluminum heads, rods, pistons, deep-skirt block, crank, oil pan and more. Bottom line ... the LS1 is built to perform ... and leave the competition behind.

Said John Juriga, LS1 project manager for GM Powertrain: 'The LS1 engine in the 1998 Camaro weighs about 10% less, fully dressed, than the LT1 engine it replaces. The result is an engine that's lighter, more powerful and quieter.'

Specific modifications for Camaro include:

• Engine accessory mountings have been relocated to provide better belt life, improved engine balance and reduced noise and vibration.

• Accessory drive (specific to Camaro).

• Air conditioning compressor (more rigidly mounted on lower right of engine).

• Dipstick and tube (right side of the block).

• Electronic oil level sensor (right side of the oil pan).

• Air-cleaner (forward of radiator).

• Air-cleaner base (upper radiator support).

• Alternator (positioned lower).

• Power steering pump (upper left side of engine).

In addition, the air-cleaner element is more conveniently serviced via a slide-out cartridge design.
The RS Appearance Package
For '98, the Camaro also offers an RS Appearance Package, available as an option on the standard coupe and convertible. It's designed for those who want a more distinct appearance for standard Camaro models. It includes:

• A front fascia extension for a sleeker look.

• Rocker panel moldings to carry that treatment along the bodysides.

• A rear fascia extension to round out the rear end.

• A spoiler unique to the RS package.

• Sporty aluminum wheels.

The SS Performance and Appearance Package
It's the ultimate Camaro driving experience ... and now, it can be served up direct from the manufacturer. After several years as an aftermarket option, the SS performance and appearance package is a new factory-installed option for 1998. The package can be ordered through Chevrolet dealerships. Here's a look at what the package contains:

• Planned horsepower increase — to be determined.

• Forced-air induction system.

• Hood design unique to the SS.

• Wide footprint, 17-inch Goodyear P275/40 ZR17 tires.

• Rear spoiler with light-emitting diode (LED) center high mount stop lamp.

• New 3-inch stainless steel exhaust tips.

• Power steering cooler.

• Special high performance ride and handling package specific to the SS.

• SS badging/decals.

For Camaro SS drivers, life is defined by two key words ... 'move over.' In a few months, the next logical evolution of the classic Chevrolet performance car will arrive ... one that remains true to a proud 30 year lineage of sports coupe performance ... the 1998 Chevy Camaro.

Source - Chevrolet

Related Reading : Chevrolet Camaro History

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1998 Camaro SS
1998 Chevrolet Camaro SS Price Range: $25,000 - $32,000

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Model Year Production

2003Porsche (73,284)
2002Buick (350,602)Porsche (55,050)
2001Jeep (455,417)Ferrari (792)
2000Ford (965,029)Pontiac (573,805)Chevrolet (547,294)547,294
1999Ford (918,040)Honda (733,878)Chevrolet (609,100)609,100
1998Ford (878,405)Honda (751,032)Chevrolet (561,218)561,218
1997Ford (913,440)Honda (722,431)Chevrolet (650,820)650,820
1996Ford (1,036,048)Honda (680,711)Pontiac (541,844)537,711
1995Ford (1,012,818)Chevrolet (665,955)Honda (643,336)665,955
1994Ford (1,220,512)Chevrolet (651,647)Honda (650,105)651,647
1993Ford (1,026,338)Chevrolet (692,116)Honda (608,149)692,116

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