Farewell To the IROC-Z: A Look Back

Feel the Power of 215hp in Acid-Washed Jeans

My buddies, the Chevrolet Camaro is gone; however, it has not been forgotten. There will never be a lack of memories due to the abundance of videos available on YouTube with which we can bring back these happy days. Although there are an abundant amount of videos featuring the fifth and sixth generation Camaros, our tribute to the best of this breed must include the crème de la crème.

The Camaro IROC-Z made its initial appearance in the 1985 model year, gracing car fans with more oomph, more flamboyance, and larger Z insignia. We’re stating that fact quite seriously, for was not a Camaro splashed with prominent IROC-Z emblems on the sides a great source of pride in the flashy 1980s? This classic Motorweek assessment provided by latemodelracer78 on Youtube kicks off with a suggestive Light Yellow shade. Our manes are practically sprouting at the mere notion of it.

1985 IROC Z Motor Week

A genuine racing rapport is also in attendance. The Intercontinental Race of Champions – yes, that’s IROC – was a track from North America that featured drivers from assorted motorsport genres into impartial cars. During the 1980s, it deemed to be the Chevy Camaro, and thus the road-oriented IROC-Z received refinements on its suspension, bigger wheels plus tires, and extra energy beneath its hood. At the time of the 1985 debut, there was an optional 5.0-liter tuned-port injector engine generating 215 horsepower.

In 1985, Motorweek praised the Camaro’s “neck-snapping” acceleration, with a 0-60 mph time of 7.1 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 14.8 seconds at 90 mph. This was remarkable for the era, as many passenger cars were unable to reach 90 mph. For performance enthusiasts, this was quite the feat.

By the close of its eventful stint in 1990, the IROC-Z had ramped up to 245 horsepower from a 5.7-litre V8 engine. Manual transmissions were proffered with less potent 5.0 motors, however, the snarlingly sharp and stylish, wedge contours and daring IROC-Z emblem persisted unaltered. The agreement between Chevrolet and IROC would later expire and unbeknownst to many, the racing course itself disbanded in 2006. But for a few salubrious years, we enjoyed the Camaro IROC-Z; may it remain in veneration forevermore!

Source: latemodelracer78 / YouTube


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