The very first Chevrolet Camaro went on sale in 1966 for the 1967 model year, and with the launch of the 2002 models, this sports car is ending its almost 40-year run. It was the last year of production of the fourth generation and the sports car overall. Available as a two-door coupe or a two-door convertible, there are two trim levels for each body style. To mark the 35th anniversary of the initial launch, an anniversary package was introduced for the 2002 model year.
Body Styles: coupe, convertible
Engines: 3.8-liter V-6, 5.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual, six-speed manual
Models: Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Camaro Z28
Due to the 2002 Chevrolet Camaro being the final models of this sports car to be produced, the only changes from the previous year was the introduction of a special anniversary package, the addition of a new exterior paint color, and a few changes in standard equipment. The anniversary package marks the 35th anniversary of the initial launch of the Chevrolet Camaro in 1967. It is available only on those models that have been equipped with the SS performance package. Included in this new package are unique wheels and trim, red body paint with dual silver stripes, and an optional increase in horsepower.
Changes to the other models of the 2002 Chevrolet Camaro included the addition of an in-dash CD changer for the base models, new tires for the Z28 models, and power-steering fluid cooler for all models equipped with the V-8 engine.
The 2002 Chevrolet Camaro remains relatively untouched and has been that way since the launch of the fourth generation for the 1993 model year. Its 16-inch, painted aluminum wheels are the standard with 17-inch wheels available as an option. The convertible has a power top that is fitted with a glass rear window and defogger, as well as a three piece boot cover. A T-roof is available as an option for the coupe models. Inclusion of the SS package means that a unique rear spoiler, forced-air composite hood, distinct SS badging, 17-inch wheels, and a low-restriction exhaust system are added.
The 2002 Chevrolet Camaro has undergone little change since it was introduced in the late 1990s. Bucket seats in the front seat two passengers, and a fold down seat in the rear is meant for two, although even children will find this space cramped. Legroom for the front seats is adequate for most passengers. The front seats are situated low to the ground, as is the car, so entry and exit may be difficult for some passengers. The interior is functional, but the materials used for it appear low-grade in quality. The steep angle of the windshield can limit visibility when driving. Standard equipment for all models includes power windows and locks, cruise control, air-conditioning, cloth upholstery, a tilt steering wheel, and an audio system.
Performance & Handling
The 2002 Chevrolet Camaro base model is equipped with a 3.8-liter V-6 engine that produces 200 horsepower and 225 lb-ft of torque. The convertible comes with a four-speed automatic transmission only, while the coupe is equipped with a five-speed manual transmission as standard, and the automatic as an option. The Z28 models have a 5.7-liter V-8 engine that provides 310 horsepower and 340 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard with the four-speed automatic transmission available. With the SS package, the V-8 power rating is increased to 345 horsepower. The models with the V-8 are definitely the ones to choose when looking for speed. The engine is powerful and acceleration from a standstill is fast, although maneuvering at speed is not as good. Cornering at speed can lead to some sliding of the rear of the sports car. The stiff suspension means that the ride can be bumpy, but as to be expected in most performance sports cars. Noise is audible both from the engine and from the road but not so loud that it’s the only thing that can be heard.
The 2002 Chevrolet Camaro includes standard safety features including anti-lock brakes and front airbags. Side impact airbags are not available across the board. Traction control can be included as an optional extra.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chevrolet Camaro: 17/29 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Camaro Z28: 16/23 mpg city/highway
- Acceleration with the V-8 engine
You Won't Like
- Inferior interior materials
- Dated style
- Entry and exit
Final year of a long-running all-American sports car.
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