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 press