Overview 1997 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

Impressions of the 1997 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

Chevrolet Camaro

Chevrolet introduced the Camaro Z28 in late 1996 to regain its grip on the Convertible market. There are 5 trim levels for the Camaro in 1997: RS, Z28, Z28 30th Anniversary Edition, Z28 SS 30th Anniversary Edition, and Base. With two doors and spacious seating for four, the rear-wheel drive Camaro makes a statement. There is plenty of competition in the Convertible market, including strong offerings from Kia.

1997 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Specs

Standard equipment in the Camaro for 1996 and 1997 includes the 5.7 liter engine by General Motors, weighing in at 8 cylinders and sixteen valves. A 4-speed Automatic Transmission puts the power of the Chevrolet engine to the pavement. The has proven to be a popular configuration for the Camaro.

The front brakes are disc while the rear brakes are disc. Steering is handled through a power-steering rack-style configuration. The Camaro uses power-assisted brakes, with 4-Wheel ABS support. Load balancing is provided by coil front springs and coil in the rear.

The fuel system for the 1997 Camaro is a SFI system, running on gasoline . The fuel is regulated by an electronic system and is a fuel-injected MFI design.


The Camaro is 193.20 inches long, 74.10 inches wide, and 51.30 inches high. It has a wheelbase of 101.10 inches. It is able to seat 4 comfortably.

There is a 50,000* mile, 60* month warranty with this vehicle, including a powertrain warranty of 50,000*/36* miles/months. This is normal for this price range.

The original manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) was $16,215 when new, with a dealer invoice cost of $14,837. This price was in line with the industry average price for a 2-door Convertible.

Fuel Efficiency

The Z28 made 29 – 30 miles per gallon highway driving, while dipping to 19 in the city. This was a respectable number for the model year, but exceeded by several Kia models available at the time.

The vehicle is available in several colors.

Parting Shots

The 1996 model began the promise of the Chevrolet Camaro. The 1997 expanded on this success and has proven to be a strong seller in most markets. Even with strong competition from other manufacturers Chevrolet hopes that the Camaro Z28 will continue to be a profitable vehicle.

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