Classic Car Archive Specs, Facts, & History
With rising fuel prices and a higher price tag, the turn-of-the-decade 1980 Camaro dropped in sales and production was nearly cut in half from previous year.
Like previous models, however, the Camaro came in four versions: base, Berlinetta, RS, and Z/28.
The inline six-cylinder that had been the standard base engine for many years was replaced by a 229ci V6. Also, a new tight mesh grille slightly updated the cars front end.
The Z/28’s engine had been modified to produce 190hp, up 15 from the previous year.
The RS, with its two-tone scheme slightly altered, was distinctive looking compared to its predecessor.
The Berlinetta returned again as the luxury model, and proved popular once again. Changes were minimal and included a reduction of max speed on the speedometer from 130mph to 85, and the vinyl roof option was eliminated.
|Engine||0 to 60 MPH||Quarter Mile||Source|
|Z/28 w/4-speed manual and 3.08||8.5 sec||16.4 sec @ 86 mph||Car & Driver|
|350ci/190hp Z/28 Auto||n/a||16.0 sec @ 87.0 mph||Car Craft|
|350ci/190hp Z/28 Auto||n/a||16.2 sec @ 93.0 mph||Hi Performance Cars|
|LD5 V6||231ci||1x2bbl||110 hp||170 lb-ft|
|LC3 V6||229ci||1x2bbl||115 hp||175 lb-ft|
|L39||267ci||1x2bbl||120 hp||215 lb-ft|
|LG4||305ci||1x4bbl||155 hp||240 lb-ft|
|LG4||305ci||1x4bbl||165 hp||245 lb-ft|
|LM1||350ci||1x4bbl||190 hp||280 lb-ft|
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