The 1993 Camaro – The start of the generation that was almost the last
Published August 12, 2012
The 1993 Camaro was the debut of a brand new body style that lasted until 2002, when the Camaro disappeared for eight long years. This also marked the move of Camaro production from Van Nuys, California to Sainte-Therese, Quebec, Canada. Not only was the 1993 Camaro completely redesigned it was equipped with many new features, more powerful motors and additional safety features as well. Although the body and interior styling completely changed, the 1993 Camaro remained the sports car it had been since it was introduced in 1967. The new body style was much sleeker and modern, and the interior was designed to match. Although there were only two trim lines available, the 1993 Camaro was still a popular sports car. It featured new technology in the body panels as well as new components that were previously featured on high-ticket vehicles like the Corvette.
The 1993 Camaro may have had a very different body style, it was still built on the same wheelbase that every Camaro before it was. The wheelbase proved to be very effective for the Camaro, so only the body style needed an update. It featured a long hood and short deck design, and the roof, hatch, doors and spoilers were made of sheet molding compound made of chopped fiberglass and polyester resin. In addition, lightweight plastic front fenders were used to complete the transformation from boxy to a sleek, aerodynamic machine. The rear suspension was carried over from previous models as well, but the front suspension was changed to provide a softer ride and better handling. New for the 1993 Camaro was the addition of rack and pinion steering, further adding to the modernization of the vehicle. For the first time, the 1993 Camaro was also equipped with dual airbags and ABS as standard features, making the vehicle safer. The only casualty for the 1993 Camaro trim lineup was the convertible, which would reappear in 1994. The available trim that were available were the base and Z28, narrowing down the large number of trim lines that were previously available. The 1993 Camaro Z28 was also picked to be the official pace car of the Indianapolis 500, so a “pace car edition” was available. The $995 “pace car” option added “Indy 500” logos to a black and white color scheme, with multicolor pinstripes and white painted wheels. There were only 633 produced and sold, making it a valuable collector’s item today. One very distinctive feature of the 1993 Camaro Z28 is that they all featured a black top no matter what color the body was. This made the 1993 Camaro Z28 stand out even more, not like the new body style was not noticeable enough.
The 1993 Camaro also featured changes to the engine availability as well. The base model was available with a more powerful 3.4-liter v6 that produced 160hp, which was only ten less horsepower than the standard v8 of the prior year. With only one v6 available, those who wanted fuel economy could still have a powerful sports car. The 1993 Camaro Z28 was powered by a 5.7-liter v8 that produced 275hp known as the LT1, which debuted in the Corvette the year prior. The LT1 engine remained as one of the common motors featured in both the Corvette and the Camaro. The 1993 Camaro Z28 also featured an optional Borg-Warner 6spd manual transmission, making the 1993 Camaro the first of many vehicles to use this transmission. Although the Z28 came standard with a manual transmission, it was also available with an automatic transmission. The base came standard as an automatic, but for those that wanted more of the sports car feel, they could be ordered with a 6spd manual transmission as well.
There were around 40,000 1993 Camaros, both base and Z28 produced with a base price of around $12,000 for the base and around $18,000 for the Z28. Unfortunately, the 1993 Camaro was the last year it would be considered a pony car. The following year, the new Mustang body style was released and put the cars in direct competition once again for the first time since 1973. In 2002, the decision was made to cease production of the Camaro, but thankfully, they were reintroduced with the retro body style in 2010. For those who are nostalgic, there are still some 1993 Camaro’s out there for you to purchase, as being the first of the body style made it a very collectable vehicle.
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