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
I love the 4th gen. styling, the interior plastic looks cheaper than my 2011 5 th gen. camaro.
However, it has a remarkable T-top roof and the brute low end torque and power makes up for the shortcomings.
I love both my camaros but I
think the z28 is definitely more fun to drive.