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1996 Chevrolet Camaro

1996 Chevrolet Camaro
WARREN, MI -- Bold and brawny, blessed with compelling performance and endowed with state-of-the-art safety features, Camaro adds yet another attribute to its long list of virtues for 1996: the new RS. Available in Coupe or Convertible, RS boasts lower front and rear fascia extensions, aggressive 'ground-effects' rocker panel moldings and an exclusive three-part spoiler.
Affordable performance is also news for 1996. A 3800 SFI V6 -- standard in Camaro Coupe and Convertible -- delivers 200 horsepower. With a 40-horsepower advantage over last year's standard 3.4 Liter V6 engine, the spirited 3800 V6 provides the kind of performance that will have Camaro drivers wondering whether there are two more cylinders under the hood.

Specify the new Performance Handling Package option on base coupe and convertible and you've got a potent combination that's still easy on the pocketbook. The Performance Handling Package requires P235/55R-16 tires on 16' aluminum wheels and includes limited slip differential, 4-wheel disc brakes, dual-outlet exhaust system and sport steering ratio (14.4:1 ratio).

The revered 5.7 Liter LT1 V8 -- standard in Z28 Coupe and Z28 Convertible -- hasn't been overlooked in the performance department, either. The amazing small block V8 is rated at 285 horsepower. The legendary Z28 is outfitted with a standard 6-speed manual transmission, a specially tuned suspension, quick steering and four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes.

Both the 3800 V6 and 5.7 Liter V8 are equipped with sophisticated new OBD II (On-Board Diagnostics Second Generation). This advanced system constantly monitors the emissions system and alerts the driver about a potential malfunction.

All the news isn't under the hood, however. Camaro has a new optional vehicle and content theft-alarm system with a motion sensor and door jamb switch sensors to help keep intruders at bay.

Camaro has a long list of standard safety features that includes driver and front-passenger air bags, safety-cage construction and GM's award-winning ABS VI anti-lock brake system. Camaro Coupes meet the '97 Federal standards for side-impact protection by incorporating steel side-door beams and energy-absorbing foam pads.

Standard equipment also includes a Tilt-Wheel Adjustable Steering Column, PASS-Key II theft-deterrent system, intermittent wipers, AM/FM stereo with four speakers and cassette tape player, covered visor mirrors, side-window defoggers, door storage pockets and a center console with lighted storage compartment.

New chrome-plated 16' aluminum wheels (optional on all models) give Camaro a distinctive appearance. Other optional equipment includes air conditioning (optional on base coupe, standard on other models), power door locks, a full complement of premium audio systems, Remote Keyless Entry, power windows, power exterior mirrors and T-Tops.

Camaro Convertible is available in base and Z28 models. The convertible's rigid body structure provides a solid foundation that minimizes flexing, squeaks and rattles while providing precise handling and steering. The power-operated top folds down flush, and a three-piece hard tonneau cover gives a finished appearance during top-down driving. The convertible top also features a full headliner and a rear-window defogger as standard equipment.

All Camaro models share a body structure that includes a full-unitized steel frame, steel reinforced composite body panels and honeycombed front and rear bumpers. Extensive anti-corrosion measures include the use of composites, two-side-galvanized steel and electrostatic primers. Sleek and sophisticated, Camaro is the quintessential Chevrolet. Since its introduction in 1967, this muscular sports car has embodied all the hallmarks of 'Genuine Chevrolet,' winning legions of fans with its unique combination of bold styling, compelling performance and incomparable value. This rich heritage, combined with innumerable racetrack successes, has made Camaro a household name -- and one of the most recognizable cars on the road.

Source - GM Corporation

1996 Chevrolet CamaroThe 1996 Camaro lineup features six models:

Camaro Coupe: base coupe
Camaro RS Coupe and RS Convertible
Camaro Convertible: base convertible
Camaro Z28 Coupe: uplevel coupe
Camaro Z28 Convertible: uplevel convertible.
Camaro Special Service Package (SEO B4C). Police fleets can order a Special Service Package on the 1996 Camaro. First introduced on the 1991 Camaro RS, this package has become popular for highway and interstate traffic control. The B4C police package includes:

5.7 Liter LTI V8
6-speed manual or 4-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission
Single exhaust and converter with dual tailpipes
Performance suspension
16' aluminum wheels
P245/50ZR-16 speed-rated blackwall tires
4-wheel vented anti-lock disc brakes
3.23:1 limited slip rear axle (automatic transmission)
3.42:1 limited slip rear axle (manual transmission)
Transmission oil cooler (automatic transmission only)
140-amp alternator
525-CCA battery
Air conditioning
150-mph speedometer.

Source - GM Corporation

What's New For 1996


New interior trim cloth
New theft-alarm system option
New front safety belt buckles for child seats
New interior color: Neutral (cloth and leather).


New paint color (Cayenne Red Metallic)
New optional chromed-aluminum wheel
New RS Package.


3800 V6 base engine
New V6 Performance Handling Package
New OBD II (On-Board Diagnostics Second Generation)
New driver-selected 2nd-gear start for V6 w/ auto
New long-life coolant good for 5 years/100,000 miles* 285 HP LTI.

Source - Chevrolet

Related Reading : Chevrolet Camaro History

The Chevrolet Camaro was introduced in 1967 as a compact car specifically built to provide competition for the highly popular Ford Mustang. This pony car was built atop of the same F-Body platform as the Pontiac Firebird, which had a similar production lifespan of 1967 through 2002.During the preproduction stages of the Chevrolet Camaro, General Motors codenamed the vehicle Panther. The....
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  • A new V-6 Performance Handling Package became available.
  • An intermediate RS option became available, adding lower-body aero trim and a 3-piece spoiler to base coupes and convertibles.
  • An SS (Super Sport) option became available for the Z28. This option, produced by SLP Engineering (an outside firm), added wider wheels and tires, suspension and styling modifications, and a functional hood scoop. The engine in the SS was rated at 305 HP.
  • New optional anti-theft system.
  • New second gear select switch on V-6 powered Camaros with automatic gearboxes. This switched allowed the car to start in second gear for situations where road conditions were slippery.
  • T-tops became available as optional equipment on coupes.
  • The 3.8-liter V6 engine became standard in base Camaros.
  • The 5.7-liter V8 engine gained 10 horsepower.
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    Performance and Specification Comparison

    Price Comparison

    1996 Camaro
    1996 Chevrolet Camaro Price Range: $15,000 - $25,000

    $13,490 - $16,690
    $24,400 - $24,450
    $37,200 - $45,000

    Model Year Production

    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
    1992Ford (922,488)Honda (648,745)Chevrolet (647,227)647,227
    1991Honda (659,659)Oldsmobile (474,837)Nissan (405,147)

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