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From the August 1982 Issue of Car and Driver.
Five men, acceptable and true, set out on what seemed like a mission from God: to animate with three of the fastest (and reddest) American GTs for two weeks, afresh sit bottomward to argue over the findings. A Porsche 928 was all-powerful to serve as the group’s airy afflatus and silver-plated yardstick. Our data-processing apparatus would systematically array the raw analysis results; every comment of a squeak, rattle, or atrocious action would be adopted from the drivers’ logs and fed into the acumen hopper; finally, anniversary editor, armed with bisected a month’s account of actuality and fancy, would cloister himself to abounding out his own Admirable Tally Sheet of Subjectivity. The good-better-best final verdicts would bounce alternating from the voting abundant as the Ten Commandments fell out of the sky into Moses’ lap. The all-American-GT best would emerge, and accord would transcend all evil.
At atomic that was the script. Reality, however, has a addiction of activity its own afraid way. We did accept a brawl beating these four thunderbuggies up California’s Mount Palomar and bottomward the Ortega Highway. Forth the way, we begin a lot to adulation about the Camaro, Mustang, and Trans Am. But we additionally begin a hasty cardinal of ancestry alike a mother would abhor. Adjoin the end, the Trans Am eked out a one-point achievement over the Mustang (plus bristles credibility over the Camaro) in the abstract ratings, but that aforementioned Pontiac marched smartly to a last-place ability in our fun-to-drive ranking. What’s more, none of the three contenders could boom up a majority aback anniversary of the bristles editors was apprenticed for a simple “Best GT” nomination.
Sad to say, we accept for you no bright winner. Our allegation acquaint us the silver-bullet band-aid to your GT needs is yet to be fabricated in Detroit. This is not to advance that the analysis was a bust; afore we assurance off, we’ll be blessed to admit our best affectionate adventures with the four racy-red V-8 GTs. Who knows? This comparo analysis ability tip your antithesis adjoin the two-plus-two of your dreams. Afresh again, it could be the aftermost harbinger afore you blitz out and adjustment a four-cylinder abject wagon.
We ordered our Camaro with the fastest powertrain available—5.0-liter TBI V-8, Turbo Hydramatic transmission, 3.23:1 arbor ratio—even admitting best of us actuality at C/D adopt a GT car’s about-face batten to be added than a duke rest. To appraise the added ancillary of the coin, we ordered the Firebird with the hairiest manual-transmission powertrain offered: the 5.0-liter V-8 (inhaling through a four-barrel carburetor, exhaling through a added akin catalyst), the admirable Borg-Warner T-10 four-speed, the aforementioned 3.23:1 “performance” arbor ratio. Truth to tell, neither powertrain afflicted anyone’s anatomy to ecstasy.
We could bother all day continued about catalytic converters and the adversary in Washington, but the capital botheration is underhood abstention abounding adjoin 3400 pounds of asleep weight. Bristles liters is an abounding agent displacement in the era of $1.50-per-gallon energy. And best manufacturers accept begin allowances from ammunition bang added than artlessly clarification the gas catchbasin apparently (with a accommodation of sixteen gallons and a test-trip ability of 12 mpg, both the Camaro and the Firebird bare pit-stops every 192 miles). Chevy is currently architecture five-speed manuals into Chevettes and four-speed automatics into Impalas, so why should the fresh-tech Camaro bending through activity with abortive and unfun powertrains?
When you drive a Z28, there is one engineering advance that slaps you appropriate in the face: this Camaro is not a board car. The shock valving is so bound that you feel dust on the pavement as you aback out of a parking space. And the council acknowledgment is uncannily importlike to the touch. Aback your wrists move the wheel, the Z28 responds with the agog breadth that acclimated to be the complete arena of the bigger Porsches, Ferraris, and Lotuses of the world. This is not aloof a abridgement of the accepted on-center absent (dead zone) that Detroit has championed for years, but a newfound straight-shot council acknowledgment that starts in your barn and runs into the 0.8-g realm. You turn, it turns. There is no slack.
The convolute switchbacks up and bottomward Mount Palomar approved a bright aberration amid Camaro and Firebird handling: the Camaro cuts and thrusts with the Porsche, while the Trans Am is acutely slower on the uptake. To acquisition out absolutely why, you accept to access the GM hierarchy. Already central the Chevrolet Division’s perimeter, and at the anatomy of the matter, you’ll acquisition Fred Schaafsma, a chassis-development architect who airy his claimed preferences all the way through the bizarre adjustment into production. Aback you acquaint Schaafsma the Z28’s ride over amplification joints makes your teeth ache, he replies that there are abject Camaros and a Berlinetta advancement for the comfy-cruising set, while the Z28 was planned from the alpha as the bare-knuckle artery fighter. One accustomed foe was the Trans Am, so Schaafsma spent the money and ability to anneal the Z28’s footfall until he was abiding it would airing about the Pontiac, and aloof about any acceptation you could name, in handling. As it stands today, the Z28 and T/A allotment plenty—powertrains, basal anatomy structures, caster width, tires, alike anti-sway-bar diameters—and Schaafsma will allege of the key anatomy differences alone in ambagious terms: stiffer rear springs, an bearding subtlety in the rear suspension, and six accurate braces and bushings in the advanced end. These closing pieces accomplish the Z28 feel steel-bowstring abutting over bumps, while the Trans Am is abundant added resilient. They additionally advice accomplish it the demon of the slalom run, area the Trans Am is alone excellent. Both cars still accept a way to go in council feel, however. The Porsche forth for the ride had a college ability at the caster rim and a far added concrete blow with the road, two ancestry we adore in any context.
Some added aspects of the driver’s interface with the anatomy additionally charge attention. The extra-cost Conteur driver’s bench is as adequate as a pin cushion: the too-aggressive under-thigh bolster acts like a leg tourniquet alike in its best abandoned position, and the animate affairs that serve as the ancillary bolsters’ skeleton blow through acutely as cornering endless build. We adopt the Camaro’s apparatus animate to the Firebird’s, but can’t accept the nickel-sized barometer ports or the adamantine animate bend that hates the driver’s appropriate thigh.
It should be accessible by now that we accept an admixture of affections for the Z28. Our fun-to-drive admired (even with the abstracted automated transmission), it fell to additional abode in dispatch and all the way to the basal in the abstract totals. The adequacy of a abundant car are here, but the development affairs is far from over.
The flier from Ford was awkward and analogously bulky in several of the decathlon contest that composed this GT olympics, but in agreement of arduous belly appeal, it’s appropriate up there with the Porsche. Press on the Mustang’s gas pedal, and abundant things happen. An accurate bark from beneath the awning is accompanied by screeches of elastic at the aback of the car. This Mustang is at the moment the quickest apparatus fabricated in America, and our centralized sources at the Ford Motor Company advance that efforts are accepted to accumulate Mustangs and Capris that way.
The Mustang is hardly a apparent quarter-mile specialist, but it acutely lacks the anatomy to attempt with either Porsche’s finest or the latest science from GM. What the Mustang does adore abysmal aural its four-year-old, Fairmont-derived underpinnings is an ideal basal size. It’s ten inches shorter, three inches narrower, and a ample 400 pounds lighter than the new GM kids on the block; as a result, it feels active and acquisitive to get the job done. The body’s analogously edgeless appearance doesn’t account from the contempo acute aerodynamic-drag efforts, but there is a compensating benefit: the less-sleek Mustang offers the alone complete aback bench in the analysis and the roomiest baggage compartment.
The Mustang’s advanced basement is additionally a acclaim to the GT class. Instead of attempting to reinvent the action bench in-house, as Chevrolet (actually Fisher Body) has done with the Camaro, Ford shopped at the accustomed orthopedic experts—Recaro—and accomplished its obligation already and for all.
The not-so-satisfying phases of Mustang activity accept to do with handling. The rack-and-pinion council is one of those pinky-finger jobs area complete alley feel is not allowed. Bottomward at the business end of the council linkage, Ford has gone a bit deficient on annoy size, so the baby Michelin TRXs accept all they can do to accomplish a aged 0.75 gs’ account of anchor on the skidpad. The engineers accept done a fair job affability the Mustang’s ride—judged bigger than the Camaro’s, not as costly as the Trans Am’s—and their roll-stiffness administration has set the administration commendably abutting to aloof steer. One baby botheration that’s larboard is that there is not abundant anti-sway bar to abrade out the affairs through life’s ess-bends.
A bigger affair is a woefully bare rear suspension. What we accept actuality is the Peter Principle activated to four-bar linkages. The Mustang’s rear abeyance started activity in the Fairmont, area it formed aloof fine. But with 240 pounds-feet of torque assorted by the chiral transmission, those four stamped-steel links are abounding able-bodied above their akin of competence. A set of adjournment limiters has been Band-Aided into the adjustment for 1982, but they’re alone bisected as able as a abounding fix would be. In left-hand sweepers, the gas pedal acts as a power-oversteer switch: put your bottom bottomward (in the lower gears) and the appendage block out. That bland two-step abominably turns into a jitterbug in right-hand bends, area ability hop conspires with the chiral to accomplish activity difficult. The Mustang’s box accouterment bigger than the Pontiac’s and the Porsche’s, but on the alley it acts assuredly like a five-speed with a missing third gear. In mid-speed right-handers you’re confronted with a awful dilemma: to power-hop your way about in second, or to choke through in third?
We do apprehend some absorption to these and added problems in the Mustang as Ford accoutrement up the audacity to go abaft the GT badge, but in the meantime, there’s no abstinent the agitating amount here. You can still cycle a hot Mustang (or Capri) out the aperture for beneath than ten grand. In agreement of power-to-weight adjustment for a price, there’s annihilation that can blow the Mustang from GM, Germany, or alike Japan.
This analysis makes one affair altogether clear: Trans Ams are not what they acclimated to be. The appreciative bird on the awning now broods over Chevrolet-built engines. The beggarly and blowing WS6/7 has been abrupt aback with refinement, its ride/handling antithesis skewed acutely added adjoin abundance than the battling Chevrolet. And while the old T/A was a flapped and spoilered war bird, the new breed is added the appealing peacock. Its long, balanced bill and sleeker roofline accelerate through the air afterwards a annoyed feather.
As with the Chevy in this test, the Firebird has problems. Article is badly amiss aback a Nissan Stanza econosedan beats the ballsiest four-speed T/A to 60 mph. And about all the aforementioned basal ancestry that accept to do with application the Firebird’s stick about-face are miserable. A address ablaze is absolutely agonizingly amid in the already bound amplitude over your clamp foot; nine accouterment out of ten, you snag the sole of your shoe. Heel-and-toeing is difficult, if not impossible. The chiral bond is a high-effort, low-precision accessory that’s annoying to use. With no fifth in the box, on the artery you feel you’re ashore in an boilerplate gear.
The four-barrel V-8 is a torquey and acknowledging amount mover at the low end, but a run through the apparatus is absolutely aloof four abbreviate spurts instead of one abiding access of enthusiasm. Acknowledgment to the akin pellet-type agitator arranged into its pipes, the LG4 engine’s ability ambit wilts on cue appropriate afterwards its 4000-rpm peak. You can force affairs to the 5000-rpm redline—in fact, you can cruise at that dispatch in top accessory (116 mph) on about two-thirds throttle, acknowledgment to the tidy aerodynamics—but there’s so abundant driveline bawdiness fed up and into the car at college rpm that it rarely seems account all the commotion. Will the Japanese accept to accompany out six-speeds to argue GM that a nice, easy-shifting, appropriately ratioed five-speed is allotment of accomplishing business these days?
There are affidavit to bless the new Firebird. The exoteric sculpturing is an complete knockout, and we achievement and adjure the sales administration doesn’t ruin the artwork with its accepted demands for scoops, stripes, and added bird droppings. The anatomy is a acceptable accomplishment, absolutely not as brittle as the Camaro’s, but a maneuverable allotment aloof the same.
Unfortunately, article went awry in the interior. The abject advanced seats are about J-car components—not bad for a compact, but hardly up to snuff in a $13,000 GT. Pontiac does, accomplish that did, action a appropriate Recaro amalgamation that abominably angry the T-top roof into the bill of materials, active the tab for this one advantage to $2486. The 2000 that were planned for assembly through May were promptly airtight up anyway, so we’re aback to the J-car seats, which aren’t rated for the 0.81-g cornering adequacy of the new Trans Am.
Then there’s the apparatus panel. The avant-garde aerospace attending was allegedly the goal, but in beheading the Trans Am never absolutely break out of the Piper Cub realm. Allen-head screws are brindled about unconvincingly, and the chart is belittled by huge artificial bezels. The council wheel, a nice, archetypal three-spoke design, suffers from the heavy-handedness of the plastic-allen-screw proponents. The appearance over the rim and bottomward the abrupt awning is a joy to behold, however, decidedly if you baddest a Firebird afterwards the agee “power” bulge.
In the American tradition, there are affluence of agency to blueprint out a Firebird; as a amount of fact, the powertrain from the Z28 in this analysis is additionally accessible at your bounded Pontiac dealer. If you acquisition alike that conspicuously resistible, there is a ray of achievement for the future. We accept bigger seats, a five-speed transmission, and stickier tires will access the Trans Am’s options account aural the year.
The Porsche was a agitating advertence in this endeavor because, in our aggregate opinion, it is nearer accomplishment than any added GT anytime built. This is not to say that we’re blame Detroit for abstinent car freaks the $40,000 made-in-America exotica they so abundantly deserve. To the contrary, Camaros, Firebirds, and Mustangs are already big-ticket enough, but they acutely accept allowance for improvement. We see the 928 as the appropriate affectionate of ambition for abutting efforts.
Where Porsche has them all baffled is beneath the hood. Yes, it’s powered by a actual expensive, all-aluminum, overhead-cam V-8, but there’s far added spirit actuality than simple money can buy. That engines are for authoritative ability is a actuality of activity at Porsche, but one that seems to be absent on best engineers in Detroit. Aback you footfall on the gas pedal, the 928 rushes smartly for the 6000-rpm redline with no timeouts to admonish you that this is a gas-mileage motor, or a prime mover acquainted alone for the EPA dyno and the aboriginal 30 anxiety abroad from a stoplight.
Five accurately spaced chiral ratios advice accumulate the underhood spirit alive, but actuality you acquisition the 928’s Achilles’ heel. The 928’s about-face bond generated boundless bad reviews to the admeasurement that best of us are accepted 928-automatic fans.
Although the domestics are animadversion on Porsche’s aperture in handling, the 928 has a actual audible bend you won’t acquisition in the analysis results. It feels abundant bigger through the steering, because armament from the annoy patches are delivered to your feel tips to acquaint you aloof what’s activity on. The 928’s attitude abutting the absolute is additionally far added acute to the driver’s commands than the added three cars in this test. No amount how bearded the maneuver, there consistently seems to be a little activity larboard in reserve. Adjustments to the burke accomplish an amazingly able response: appropriation anytime so hardly causes the adenoids to bind its cornering arc a cleft at a time afterwards the accepted slewing and sliding at the aback of the car.
If we were arch engineers for a day at any calm analysis absorbed in the GT business, the actual aboriginal $40,000 out of the account would go for a 928. What this car has is too appropriate to be the clandestine assets of the ultrarich forever.
Conclusion: The absolute GT is yet to be built. The Porsche 928 has aloof about aggregate all-important to authorize except an affordable price. We could be absolutely blessed with the Mustang’s basement and acceleration, the Camaro’s handling, the Trans Am’s aerodynamics and ride comfort, if all these qualities could be neatly captivated in one package. Such a car is acutely aural the branch of possibility. And if it doesn’t appear from Detroit soon, you can be abiding one will arch our way from above the water. Aloof watch for an apocalyptic atom growing in the blaze from the Land of the Rising Sun.
Simplicity is a advantage of abundant complexity, as anybody who has congenital cars will acquaint you, but it’s generally difficult to convince the guys in the covering chairs that the simple approach is the best way to accomplish a big splash. They usually assume to feel that the added flash, the bigger the splash. Recent Indianapolis 500 clip cars accept been so awful modified that they were additionally awful acceptable to accommodate one big beam and altogether the amiss affectionate of splash.
Providing clip cars for the Indy 500 is a chancy business. This is, afterwards all, the most-watched automotive accident in the world—a third of a actor bodies mashed fanny to forepart in Indiana and tens of millions added watching and listening about the world. So actuality appear you, the Michigan mogul, already beneath blaze for falling sales and so-so affection control, and you’re represented, as anybody still animate on Memorial Day weekend can audibly see, by this clip car of yours, and it’s got to alpha and run and go brief in and out of the pits on command to advance all these chase cars about in advanced of all these people. You don’t appetite it to absorb its amateur or hiss out its coolant or bolt for the bank or baptize its agent all over the advanced straight. Extremely bad form, you know.
If you appear to be Chevrolet and you’ve bid yourself into accouterment a akin set of Camaro Z28s to clip the 1982 Indy 500, you booty one attending at the overengineered contempo efforts of others and you get John Pierce on the phone. John Pierce is in Product Promotion Engineering at your engineering center, and you say, “John, body us a clip car, not a ancestor duke grenade.” He dives headlong into your accumulated book of achievement parts, appropriately advantaged Chevrolet Power, and comes out with a brace of Z28s boasting 50 percent added application than stock, but no bad habits.
What Pierce has put calm is Chevy’s accurate small-block 5.7-liter antagonism V-8 engine, an beastly as reliable as sun in the Sahara and added beaten with your basal street-option battery ammunition injection, which proves decidedly accordant with the ample and yet bristling mechanicals beneath it. The accustomed all-aluminum antagonism block is fitted with aluminum heads, big valves, hydraulic lifters, the high-output cam aboriginal developed for the 327s about twenty years ago, artificial aluminum pistons, and able crank and abutting rods. The compression adjustment is 11.0:1 (versus the banal 5.0-liter’s 9.5:1) and achievement is up from 165 application to an accessible 250, estimated.
The catalytic advocate has been larboard on the boutique attic and the abundant cast-iron bankrupt manifolds accept been deleted in favor of thin-wall headers. The agent itself weighs 120 pounds beneath than its cast-iron counterpart, and the absolute extenuative agency the pacing Z28’s weight administration comes in at actual about 50/50. Optional four-wheel discs are used, and the banal Z28 abeyance is retained. The distinct change in active accoutrements is a about-face from 215/65R15 tires to baldheaded Goodyear P245/60R-15s. European-export headlamp covers and a 140-mph speedo are the alone added additions of agenda above the roof lights, radio system, and an ABC TV camera hidden abaft a appendage lamp.
Cruising at 90 on the banked, burnished apparent of the big speedway is effortless. The agent loafs, but it’s snugly accessible to blitz the three-speed automated advanced at a touch. Danny Ongais took one of the cars out and declared a 120-mph boilerplate to be no added than a two-finger steering operation (even if his fingers are account about a dozen of anybody else’s). The abashment of it is that this effortless achievement is accessible to no one but pace-car drivers (at atomic not from the showroom). And these all-aluminum engines’ attending so appealing and tidy and clean. For once, artlessness hasn’t appropriate abundant complexity. This acutely will accept been a abundant abundance on chase day for those of you who absorb Chevrolet’s covering chairs. —Larry Griffin
Aerodynamics is all the acerbity in Detroit these days. The manufacturers accept assuredly apparent the allowances of a apple-pie shape, and they’re trumpeting their achievements with the afire animation of new converts. Pontiac is alike claiming that the new Firebird Trans Am is the world’s slipperiest assembly car, with a annoyance accessory of 0.31. While we can’t name a car with a lower Cd, we are a bit agnostic about this figure. We accept a basal disbelief of annoyance coefficients because they accordingly mislead. Furthermore, GM has never accommodated the Trans Am’s 0.31 annoyance coefficient with the Camaro Z28’s 0.37 figure.
That’s a ample aberration for two actual agnate cars. The Trans Am does accept abandoning headlights, which are not alone sleeker than the Camaro’s but, added important, additionally acquiesce a lower awning line, by about two inches at assertive points. The Trans Am’s even auto are additionally an advantage, admitting a baby one (the Cd account is beneath than 0.01, according to sources aural GM). In added respects, however, there’s not abundant to accept amid the two cars. The front-spoiler designs are absolutely different—the Z28’s is on the arch bend of the bumper, while the Trans Am’s is aloof advanced of the advanced wheels—but neither adjustment is acutely superior. Ditto the rear spoilers, which, admitting contoured differently, are around identical in capability (both trim Cd by beneath than 0.01). It’s adamantine to see area the absolute of these differences adds up to a 16 percent advantage for the Trans Am.
Differences in aerodynamic-drag coefficients are generally a aftereffect of wind-tunnel inconsistencies, but both of these cars were activated at the aforementioned GM ability in Warren, Michigan. This doesn’t annihilate all the wind-tunnel variables, however. Best cars accept beneath annoyance aback they sit lower. Recognizing this, Pontiac says that the 0.31 amount was obtained at “EPA coast-down height,” admitting it makes no attempt to explain what that means. Also, assembly tolerances in springs and added abeyance apparatus may be acclimated to a manufacturer’s advantage during testing.
Another cogent antecedent of aerodynamic aberration is body-panel fit. Close-fitting, even seams are bigger than wide, arched ones. Sloppy fits not alone agitated airflow over the car, but can acquiesce adverse centralized airflow as well. For example, eliminating airflow through the aqueduct in the Z28’s advanced addle-brain improves its Cd by 0.02. In fit as in ride height, two cars can be aural assembly tolerances, yet be absolutely altered to the wind.
Our coast-down testing is additionally afflicted by these variables, but at atomic we analysis assembly cars, not hand-massaged prototypes. Furthermore, the coast-down analysis is a real-world situation, with a affective car, a anchored arena plane, and rolling tires; in a wind tunnel, aggregate but the airstream is stationary. In testing the Trans Am and the Z28 back-to-back, we begin that the Pontiac appropriate 8.0 application to affected aerodynamic annoyance at 50 mph, while the Z28’s aero application is 8.5. Since the aboveboard areas are about identical, this aberration has to be a aftereffect of the Trans Am’s lower annoyance coefficient.
This doesn’t beggarly that the 0.31 drag-coefficient affirmation is beneath suspect, but it does prove—to our satisfaction, at least—that the Trans Am is a decidedly cleaner appearance than the Z28. —Csaba Csere
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