by xxxfelix on Apr 14, 2012 Vehicle: 2002 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 2dr Hatchback (5.7L 8cyl 4A)
I bought a 2011 Camaro 2LT with variable valve timing, twin cam, 4 valves per cyclinder direct injected V6 (state of the art), the advertised hp is 312. I also bought a used 2002 Z28 with the LS1 engine from the same dealer for a good price. The advertised hp is 310 for the 2002 Z28.
But when I drive each car, the 2002 Z28 seems a whole lot more powerful.
Elapsed time at a control track also proves the z28 is more powerful.
I did some reseach and found that for the 1998 to 2002 LS1 engines, the true hp at the rear wheels on the camaro is more like 350 (same LS1 in the corvettes).
The torque ratings were also dumbed down by GM on these camaros
by zoilus on Mar 9, 2012 Vehicle: 2002 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 2dr Hatchback (5.7L 8cyl 4A)
I have now had my 02 Z28 for 6 yrs. It has 92k miles. The LS1 is great! it can withstand alot of abused. These cars with bolt ons can easily get into the 400hp+ range. but add cam, heads and a real proper tune and you can get 450 to 490rwhp range ..all day long, that translates to 500-550bhp WITHOUT the need for nitros, turbo or supercharger.
These cars were underrated so vette owners didn't have a cow.
LS1's make around 290-310rwhp which is the same as stock Vettes. For people on this board who say the V6 makes V8 power....aaahhhh no... it doesn't. Please get into the V8 FIRST then tell me if your V6 is like a V8. Theres like a 150hp and 150tq difference!
by mudshark78s on Apr 3, 2011 Vehicle: 2002 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 2dr Hatchback (5.7L 8cyl 4A)
Bought this car 2 yrs ago for $12,000 with 57,000 miles on it just hit 70,000 ,our summer ride, 35th anniversary package with z rated tires,ungoverned 150 top speed,seen 135, wife gets nervous, added slp intake and diablo tune, looking to put on headers.Would recommend this to anyone that loves that raw power feel, Not one problem with this car.
by joe on Aug 2, 2009 Vehicle: 2002 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 2dr Hatchback (5.7L 8cyl 4A)
I have driven my 2002 z28 auto as HARD as possible, for the last 7 years! With over 50 dragstrip passes (13.1s @ 109mph) at bradenton dragstrip and never one single problem! You can't kill the almighty LS1 engine. 17 mpg with a heavy right foot! Handling, braking, and acceleration easily scares anybody in the passenger seat! Critics should have bought a camary. A Z28 is for incredible thrills everyday, for over seven years I still smile every morning!
by jrm1493 on Oct 18, 2008 Vehicle: 2002 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 2dr Hatchback (5.7L 8cyl 4A)
Great car, In college my roomate and I built a '91 GTA trans am and I always wanted another F-body. Found this one on a used car lot. The interior is pretty craptastic and there are some squeaks and rattles, but the car is extremely fast, it is well known that the 310hp factory rating was grossly low to make sure the Vette was the king of the GM hill. My car has long tube headers and other bolt ons, probably good for around 325 rwhp (haven't dynoed yet). Engine and tranny feel rock solid. My car does have a modified suspension and low profile tires so the ride is harsh but the seats are quite comfortable which help.
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