Friday, August 12, 2011

Car Of The Day: August 12, 2011

Today's car of the day is Yat Ming's 1993 Chevrolet Camaro.

The fourth-generation Chevrolet Camaro debuted for the 1993 model year on an updated F-body platform. It would retain the same characteristic since the first-generation's introduction back in 1967; 2-doors, 2+2 seating, available as a coupe (with optional T-top roof) or convertible, rear-wheel drive, and a choice of V6 and V8 powerplants. The 1998 model year was refreshed and revised with both exterior and engine changes. The fourth-gen Camaro would last up through the 2002 model year when General Motors discontinued production due to slow sales, a deteriorated sports coupe market, and plant overcapacity.

For more information and pictures of the real car please visit: Chevrolet Camaro

This is a recent purchase from Meijer's- it came as part of a ten pack (with a playmat) for $5.00.  So this car retails for less than $.50.  Let's ponder this for a second.  Yat Ming has crafted a licensed model, with a metal body, realistic color, and the overall shape is accurate though not detailed.  We can't even get this from Matchbox at twice the price.  At least not in 2012...  When Yat Ming's 800 series (seriously, these were intended to go head to head against Summer) trumps Matchbox's mainline, there's a problem.  As for the car itself, this is the generation that killed the Camaro.  I've driven one of these and I wasn't overly impressed with it.  Of course once Ford built a better Mustang Chevy had to respond with a new Camaro, and hence the car returned in 2009 as a 2010 model.  The truly tragic part is that the 2010 wasn't a Firebird instead.  Pontiac needed something to replace the GTO after that was killed in 2006.  This would have been perfect for GM's supposed 'performance' division and would have been a truly different (and badly needed) product in their lineup.  But now Pontiac is dead and the reborn Camaro lumbers on...

1993 was the debut year for the fourth generation Camaro, and production continued until 2002. Production was moved from GM's Van Nuys, California, assembly plant to Sainte-Thérèse, Quebec, Canada in 1993. The new design incorporated sheet moulding compound (SMC) made from chopped fiberglass and polyester resin for the roof, hatch, doors, and spoiler. Both the front and rear suspension design was improved. Base Camaros were powered by a 160 hp (119 kW) 3.4 L V6. The 1993 Camaro also featured the LT1 V8 engine with 275 hp (205 kW) and 325 lb·ft (441 N·m) torque that had been introduced in the Corvette one year earlier, as well as an optional Borg-Warner six-speed manual transmission when ordered with the V8. The Camaro was the first of many vehicles to use this gearbox. In 1993, the Camaro Z28 was selected as the official pace car for the Indianapolis 500. A "pace car edition" as a $995 option found 633 buyers and featured "Indy 500" identification on black and white body color scheme with multicolored pinstriping and white painted roadwheels.

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