With production from the 1982 to 1992 model year, the third generation Chevrolet Camaro is a performance icon of the 1980s. In a new rendering, wb.artist20 imagines what a modern Camaro would look like with replicas of the model’s. Reagan era.
More precisely, wb.artist20 uses the high-end IROC-Z model as the inspiration for this rendering. Named after the International Champions Race, the variant arrived for the 1985 model year as an option for the Z28 and included revised suspension and more aggressive tires. Going for the first year IROC-Z also opened up the additional choice of getting a 305 cubic inch (5.0 liter) V8 with fuel injection tuned into the 215 horsepower (160 kilowatt) port.
In 1988, the IROC-Z became a full trim level for the Camaro, replacing the Z28. The following year, an even hotter version arrived when Chevy introduced the package with order code 1LE to make the car more competitive in SCCA Showroom Stock racing. To get it, a customer had to order the G92 performance rear axle and not specify air conditioning. The 1LE gear included larger brakes, an aluminum driveshaft, baffled fuel tank, and stiffer suspension.
The IROC-Z disappeared after the 1990 model year because Chevy did not renew its contract with the International Race of Champions. Subsequently, the trim took the name of Z28.
For this rendering, the current Camaro gets a restyled nose with rectangular headlights like on the third-generation model, and the artist adds light bands under the lamps that evoke the fog lights of the original vehicle. The modified greenhouse has a more angular appearance, and the revised and straighter B-pillar also allows for the bubble-shaped rear glass. A spoiler is attached to the end of the trunk.
Unfortunately, the future of the Camaro is very mysterious. Chevy reportedly intends to kill the model, possibly as early as 2023. The automaker is not saying anything official about the fate of the vehicle, however.