The 1997 Chevrolet Camaro is an American classic. Many see it as the more affordable alternative to the Corvette, offering respectable performance at a modest price. This year, the Camaro comes in a coupe or convertible body style and offers two different engine options. It comes fitted with several exterior and interior features that make the Camaro comfortable and stylish.
Body Styles: coupe, convertible
Engines: 3.8-liter six-cylinder, 5.7-liter eight-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Camaro RS, Chevrolet Camaro Z28, Chevrolet Camaro SS
New features for the 1997 Camaro include two new interior colors (dark and light gray) and two exterior colors (bright green metallic and bright purple metallic). Some new options for 1997 include tricolor tail lamps, center console and dashboard updates, new seat contours, an optional 12-disc CD changer, and optional five-spoke alloy wheels. Available for 1997 only, Chevrolet makes a 30th anniversary special-edition Z28 that features Hugger orange stripes over arctic white paint and black-and-white hounds tooth leather seats.
The 1997 Chevrolet Camaro classifies as a two-door coupe with sports car qualities. A standard rear spoiler, tricolor taillights and optional five-spoke alloy wheels add to the fast appearance. The RS takes it up a notch with ground effects and alloy wheels. The SS comes with an air scoop on the hood that functions and creates a fierce profile.
Airbags and anti-lock brakes come standard on all 1997 Chevrolet Camaros. The base, RS, and Z28 come well-equipped with tinted glass, power steering, air-conditioning, and an AM/FM/cassette audio system. Optional items include power windows, power locks, keyless entry, leather seats, cruise control, leather steering wheel trim, and a compact disc changer.
Performance & Handling
Performance holds the cornerstone of the Camaro. The 1997 Camaro makes no exception, with sleek, aerodynamic styling and a standard 200-horsepower V-6 engine. The alloy wheels, four-wheel disc brakes, and tight steering add to the handling. A limited-slip differential comes with the optional Performance Handling Package on the V-6 model. Even more, the 5.7-liter V-8 boasts 285 horsepower and rivals the Corvette. With the addition of a large hood scoop, the SS reaches 300 horsepower with ease and can outrun most cars in its class. For hustle and excitement, the 1997 Chevrolet Camaro fits the bill.
Four-wheel anti-lock brakes, daytime running lights, and driver and passenger front airbags come standard on the 1997 Chevrolet Camaro.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chevrolet Camaro: 17/26 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Camaro RS: 17/26 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Camaro Z28: 15/18 mpg city/highway
- Performance second to none in its class
- Respectable fuel economy for a sports car
- Eye-catching appearance
You Won't Like
- Lacks comfort and legroom
Speed and style without the hefty price tag.
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