1998 Chevrolet Camaro
6-cyl. 231cid/200hp SFI
With an experienced team and a lot of data.
The fourth generation Chevrolet Camaro received its first obvious makeover for 1998, when the four recessed “letterbox” headlights were replaced by streamlined composite lights and the hood, front fenders and front fascia were redesigned. The Camaro RS model was discontinued, but the Y3F sport appearance package could be applied other models except the SS. It wasn’t cheap though, costing $1,755 for Base cars and $1,480 to add to the Z28. Even so, 7,411 buyers chose it.
Production slipped 10 percent to 54,026 total, of which 33,973 were Base models and 20,053 were Z28. The P4C police package was now the same cost as the Z28, minus the Z28 badges. It had high performance options, including a power steering cooler and 1LE Special Performance Package rear control arms and body colored roof. Of the 239 sold, just 12 were fitted with 6-speed manual gearboxes. Z28 roofs were still black but other models were body colored. The ILE Special Performance Package was bought by 99 track-oriented drivers for $1,175, and three of the cars were 6-speed SS models.
In all, 31,776 buyers spent $17,150 for a Base Coupe and 2,197 bought the Convertible for $22,650. Z28 buyers totaled 17,573 and spent $20,995 for the Coupe, while 2,480 ponied up $27,975 for the Convertible. The Base Coupe came with the 200hp V-6 engine and either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic. The Z28 was powered by a 350 cid (actually 346cid) V-8 developing 305hp, with automatic or 6-speed manual gearbox.
The SS option now became the WU8 in-house option. The cars were built at the Ste. Therese factory in Quebec and shipped to SLP in nearby LaSalle. There, the 320hp 350 cid LS1 V-8 engine was added with forced induction hood, special spoiler, SS trim, 17-inch wheels and tires, and special suspension. The SS package cost $3,500 and 3,025 buyers ordered it.
Air conditioning was standard on all Camaros for 1998 and a new four-wheel disc brake system was fitted. Traction control was bought by 9,455 customers for $450. Surprisingly, 40,251 base coupe buyers shelled out $815 for an automatic transmission. It was a no-cost option on the Z28.
Options remained comfort and convenience items, but these were increasingly standardized or fitted to packages. A new RPO AU3 package combined power door locks, power windows, power hatch release, power mirrors and cruise control and was chosen by almost 50,000 customers.
A total of 11 colors were offered on the 1998 Chevrolet Camaro, without any solid favorites. Top choice was Bright Red (11,734), followed by Black (11,654), Arctic White (8,486), Sebring Silver Metallic (7,819), Navy Blue (5,779), Mystic Teal Metallic (2,475), Bright Green Metallic (2,064), Cayenne red Metallic (1,914), Sport Gold Metallic (1,542), Bright Purple Metallic (481) and Light Pewter Metallic (63).