“I don’t assume there’ll ever be a greater manufacturing facility scorching rod than the ‘93-’02 Camaro Z28s and SSes (and their sister Pontiac Formulation, Trans Ams, and Firehawks).
“They had been massive sufficient for 3 adults and had an enormous hatchback opening so that you didn’t should have a second automobile. They had been dependable and gas environment friendly sufficient that you may each day drive them. They had been loud from the manufacturing facility (‘93-’97) so that you didn’t have to get an aftermarket exhaust to wake them up. They had been obtainable as new automobiles with manufacturing facility warrantied elective go-fast gear, together with elective SLP exhausts to get up the comparatively quiet LS1 years (‘98-’02 SSes). The aftermarket was (and is) enormous for go-fast components.
“They won’t examine horsepower-wise to the late mannequin Camaros (and different automobiles like Hellcat Challengers), however they had been inexpensive, enjoyable, and good each day drivers. You need to be rich and/or older (40s-50s) to have a late mannequin manufacturing facility scorching rod as of late, particularly if you need greater than only a base mannequin with none choices, and most choices right this moment can’t deal with a Dwelling Depot or Sam’s Membership journey (besides the Challenger, however that’s as a result of that’s not a automobile, that’s a CAR).
“‘Again within the day’ if you happen to may afford a Toyota Camry, you may afford a Camaro Z28, and that basically can’t be mentioned right this moment. For comparability… ‘97 Camry base value $24,018, ‘97 Camaro Z28 base value $20,115… ‘22 Camry LE base value $26,870 or ‘22 Camry XLE base value $31,620, ‘22 Camaro LT1 base value $35,195 or ‘22 Camaro 1SS base value $38,695.
“I perceive there’s inflation concerned and it’s like evaluating apples to oranges, however you gained’t discover a present scorching rod on most 20-somethings or 30-somethings’ procuring lists as a result of many of the choices nonetheless obtainable are solely priced for empty nesters of their 50s and many of the choices obtainable right this moment don’t significantly make good each day drivers. You sacrifice loads of storage.
“A few of you guys might not think about storage or ‘good each day driver’ necessary for a scorching rod, however in my thoughts, the ‘greatest scorching rod’ may be pushed each single day.”
Instructed by: Brandon Blaise Brown (Fb)