1971 Chevrolet Camaro – “Super Hugger”

1971 Chevrolet Camaro – “Super Hugger”

EngineV 8Horsepower205 kW / 279 PS / 275 hp (SAE net)Torque380/2400 Nm/minWeight3000 lbs | 1360.777 kg Drive TypeRWDTransmission4-Speed Manual

Called the “Super Hugger”, the second-generation Camaro’s basic mechanical layout was taken from its predecessor, with a one-piece structure using a front subframe, A-arms, and coil-spring front suspension and rear springs.

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The history of the Chevrolet Camaro began in 1966. This vehicle was created as a completely new one, even though parts from Corvair and Corvette were used in its design. The Muscle car was supposed to become the main competitor of another popular machine – the Ford Mustang. A year after the release of the model, its sales amounted to 2.2 million copies. A feature of this model was the appearance of the body structure of the front subframe of an impressive size. It was attached to the supporting body, and between them were rubber cushions. Due to this engineering solution, the vehicle had a spacious interior and a relatively large trunk. The machine was offered in several modifications. The most popular of them were SS (Super Sport). In addition, there was a version in which both modifications were combined. It was called RS/SS, but the nameplates on the car were placed at the request of the client, which caused some confusion. The car was equipped with a 5-liter engine with a capacity of 400 liters with a suspension suitable for racing and disc brakes. The rally version of the model (Rally Sport) differed from them mainly externally.

The second generation

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The second generation can be safely considered a typical representative of the American pony cars, which were produced by Chevrolet from 1970 to 1981. The start of production of the new generation was in the spring of 1970. The design of the new model became more European: it differed from the first cars of this model in that it was longer, lower and wider. Also, from 1970 Chevrolet discontinued convertible production. The new release became more like a “driver’s car” than its predecessor. The engine remained practically the same with a little increase – 0.1 liters were to its volume. However, due to the fuel crisis, in 1971 they began to use engines running on unleaded gasoline, which led to a decrease in their power.

1971 model year

The 1971 release received only minor styling changes from its 1970 counterpart. Inside, new high-back Strato bucket seats with integrated headrests replaced the 1970 low-back seats with adjustable headrests. The biggest change came under the hood: due to GM’s corporate requirement, all engines had to be designed to run on low-octane gasoline with regular, low lead, or unleaded gasoline, requiring a reduction in compression ratio and power ratings. Inline 6-cylinder engine with a volume of 250 in3 (4.1 L), V8 – with a volume of 307 in3 (5.0 L), and a 2-cylinder V8 – with a volume of 350 in3 (5.7 L) remained largely unchanged as they were low compression conventional fuel engines in 1970 and prior years. The power of the LT-1350 V8 engine used in the 1971 release had been reduced from 360 hp SAE up to 330 hp (250 kW) by SAE due to a reduction in compression ratio from 11.0:1 to 10.3:1. The 350cc engine in the 1971 Camaro produced 275 horsepower (205 kW) SAE. The power of the 396 (402 cc) V8 was reduced from 350 to 300 horsepower (220 kW) SAE due to a drop in compression ratio from 10.25:1 to 8.5:1. The 402 cc engine in the Camaro SS 396 1971 produced 260 horsepower (190 kW) on the SAE scale.

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Remarkably, sales and production of the 1971 model were hit hard by the famous 67-day strike at GM in the late 1970s. That already difficult situation was greatly shaken by the continued decline in interest in the pony car market, due to a sharp increase in insurance rates for high-performance machines. Things got to the point that rumors began to spread about the possible cancellation of the Camaro after 1972. The fears were all but confirmed a year later when a strike hit the Norwood assembly plant, which was the only one producing Camaros and Firebirds.

Did you know? 

Lost TV series (2004-2010)

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In general, GM marketers never bat an eye and very actively promoted the concern’s products on the screens as well. Ofter, US’s largest automaker sponsored films, consequently receiving carte blanche to advertise their products in it. Sometimes these appearances were just huge. One such example is the Transformers movie where the first generation Camaro in the full sense of the word became one of the main characters in the film. Screen appearances of the 1971 model are also not uncommon. However, its most striking appearance can be considered in the cult TV series Lost (2004-2010).

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1971 Chevrolet Camaro – “Super Hugger”

EngineV 8Horsepower205 kW / 279 PS / 275 hp (SAE net)Torque380/2400 Nm/minWeight3000 lbs | 1360.777 kg Drive TypeRWDTransmission4-Speed Manual

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