Saturday, March 15, 2014

1992 Camaro RS That Never Made it Into Production

When car enthusiasts, even die-hard Camaro fans, think of the 1992 25th Anniversary Heritage Camaro RS (pictures), they will probably think of a special RS Camaro that came with special racing stripes and seats that were stitched with specialized 25th Anniversary logos, and the rest of it, just another RS Camaro.

This is technically true, but what most people won't know is this '92 Heritage Camaro was not the Camaro that was meant to be. The true Camaro was going to be a police car capable version (B4C RS) that Chevrolet was going to put into production. But the idea was squashed when the economy starting to take a turn for the worst and Chevrolet thought it would be best to stay focused on more affordable fuel-efficient cars, and thus gave the Camaro the run-of-the-mill V-6 that you find in '92 RS Camaros today.

So what was the 1992 25th Anniversary Heritage Camaro RS supposed to be?

The fastest Camaro that Chevrolet put into production.

Two of these Camaros were built as prototypes and Chevrolet was on board to produce 602 of them altogether, the same amount of Z/28s that were built back in 1967.

The Camaro's components that would have made it so special:
  • A specialized L98 Engine
  • Trick Cam
  • A specialized intake system for better flow
  • One-off tube headers
  • Three-inch exhaust
  • Corvette ported aluminum heads
  • A ZF6 Corvette 6-speed transmission
  • A modified suspension for a softer ride and better handling
  • Modified fronts seats to better hold the occupants
  • 245/50ZR16 tires on black diamond cut rimes

This combination was good enough to produce 300hp and take the Camaro down the ¼ mile, stopping the clocks at a consistent 13.50s at 104mph; and in 1992, that was fast.

But for $29,000 in 1992, not only was it a faster car than normal, but it was also a more expensive car than normal. So Chevrolet decided the best thing to do is make the Camaro, but take out all of the extras except for the heritage strips and the 25th anniversary badges.

With only two being built, these Camaros would be a couple of the rarest Camaros of them all. Although, since they were never put into production and they were only considered as prototypes, they may be rare, but they are not considered very valuable.

If they were put into production, would they have been one of the most collectible Camaros of all time, I guess we'll never know.