1989 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z
8-cyl. 305cid/220hp TPI
With an experienced team and a lot of data.
The success of the limited production RS model in 1988 led to it replacing the Sport Coupe for the 1989 Camaro lineup. In all 110,739 Camaros were built, with 42,729 V-6-powered and 68,010 with V-8s. Of the total, 83,487 were six-cylinder RS models starting at $11,495 and 3,245 were RS V-8 convertibles from $16,995, while 20,067 buyers spent from $14,145 for IROC-Z V-8 coupes and 3,940 buyers expended $18,945 for IROC-Z V-8 convertibles.
RS buyers started with the 135hp V-6 engine, but could upgrade to a 170hp 305 cid V-8 and 46,715 buyers spent $400 to do so. IROC-Z buyers received the 170hp engine as a base, but could also get engines with either 220hp or 230hp.
Buyers could still choose individual options, including air conditioning (104,642), tilt steering column (99,531), tinted glass (110,502), power door locks (99,385), cruise control (98,741), power windows (61,704), power rear hatch (60,744), intermittent wipers (99,531), Glass T-top (44,595), side moldings (110,500), carpeted floor mats (99,638) and even a stripe delete (88,144 for a $60 credit).
The package system, which bundled options, was becoming more popular. Base groups for each of four models were available at no charge, but a further three levels of trim cost progressively more.
Only seven colors were available for the 1989 Chevrolet Camaro, led by Bright Red (26,509), White (18,440), Black (17,600), Dark Red (16,697), Bright Blue (16,316), Medium Gray (7,906) and Light Blue (7,269). All convertible tops were black and leather interiors could be specified in every color except black.
An electronic pass key with a chip was introduced this year. It had been fitted to Corvettes since 1986 and had reduced theft rates significantly. If the car did not “recognize” the chip, it would not start.
Chevrolet also built 111 1LE showroom stock racers this year. If the RPO G92 performance axle was optioned, it forced other changes, including an oil cooler, 4-wheel disc brakes, dual exhaust and bigger tires that rendered the Camaro more competitive in SCCA competition. Engines included either the 350 cid V-8 with automatic transmission or 305 cid LB9 with 5-speed manual.