1985 to 1990 Camaro IROC-Z Spotter’s Guide

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Many thanks go to Jim Irace and Willie (Thirdgen.org History Moderator) for their help and contribution to this article. We’ve been wanting to do this for some time now, just never really got around to it. Well, seeming we’ve been getting approached more and more with questions pertaining to buying a used IROC and whether it’s "authentic" or not, we decided to write this article. Throughout the IROC-Z era, the basic look of the car looks the same. We’ll point out some things that differ with each model year IROC-Z along with what to look for with different options (i.e. 305 Throttle Body Injection versus 350 Tuned Port Injection).

Quick Jump: BY YEARBY OPTION(s)

The guide is divided in years and certain options. You may select to simply select YEARS or OPTIONS. The YEARS section will bring up key pointers and options available for that year and that year only. The OPTIONS section will enable you to see, what model year IROC-Z had that specific equipment and with what options (if applicable).

During your venture through our guide using YEARS, you can click on any of the OPTIONS images to jump to that specific option and see what other year IROC-Zs had that equipment and what option it came with. And visa versa, during your venture through the OPTIONS section, you can click on any year that option was available, to see what other equipment, that particular year, had.

Keep in mind. This guide is designed to provide people with a "quick" way of determining what to look for in determining what the seller or owner is claiming.

Please note that this guide is based on the condition that the ‘IROC’ in question, has been kept in it’s original state.

What makes an IROC and IROC? Well, after looking around for one, and seeing enough of them, you should be able to point out what is actually an IROC and what is not. We won’t kid you here. There are several "IROC" wannabe’s out there – ones who make a third generation camaro "look" and even drive like an "authentic" IROC-Z. Some people do a really good job, some people do not. The best way to tell if the car is an "authentic" IROC-Z is to look at the VIN number and, most importantly, the RPO codes (granted the "faker" didn’t swap out the center console with a real IROC-Z, then you would have to decode all of the numbers and figure out if the vehicle is indeed an IROC.) Just like the Z-28′s, all IROC-Zs came with black painted headlight inserts. But not like Z-28′s, the IROC-Z’s ground effects were the same color as the body, versus the two tone paint schemes of the Z-28.

The VIN number is located on the dash, drivers side, in plain view from the outside of the windshield. Decoding the VIN will tell the basics of the car and the engine it is equipped with. Not much to really tell, unless the VIN states the car was a V6 and the seller says it’s an IROC. The IROC-Z always came with a V8.

The RPO codes are located on a sticker, usually located in the center console/passenger side wall. The RPO code to look for in a 1985 to 1987 IROC-Z is B4Z. The RPO code to look for in a 1988 to 1990 IROC-Z is Z28 (since the IROC-Z "replaced" the Z-28 from 1988 to 1990, GM elected to use the Z28 RPO code for that option from 1988 to 1990). As a little tidbit, the Z-28 resumed production AS a Z-28 for the 1991 model year as GM’s licensing for IROC ended December 31st, 1989. The limited number of 1990 IROC-Z’s is accounted for the number of cars produced, under the IROC license, until December 31, 1989 for the 1990 model year.

For Starters: To narrow down what model year "sub era" of IROC-Z you are looking at, play close attention to the IROC-Z logo on the door. From 1985 to 1987, the logo was towards the front of each door, whereas from 1988 to 1990 (if the car does not have the ‘sticker delete’ option), they were towards the rear of each door.

Note the striping layout between each ‘sub era.’ From 1985 to 1987, the stripes were arranged where the black stripe was on the bottom of the two (silver on top as noted in the photo below). From 1988 to 1990, this black stripe was on the top of the two (again, if the car does not have the ‘sticker delete’ option.)

Also note the wheel styles. A all 1985 to 1987 IROC-Zs had the 16" aluminum wheels with the single (wider) line through each spoke as standard. From 1988 to 1990, the 16" aluminum wheel was now an option, however, all later style IROC-Z wheels had two (thinner lines) through each spoke whether it was 15" or 16" (except for 1988 15" standard wheel – we’ll cover this later).

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Shot of the stripe layout of the 1985 to 1987 model year IROC-Zs as well as the wheel style. Also note that the IROC-Z logo on the door is towards the front. The 16" aluminum wheels (shown) were the only style available for the IROC-Z package for the 1985 to 1987 model years. Shot of stripe layout of the 1988 to 1990 model year IROC-Zs as well as the wheel style. Also note that, on car shown, the IROC-Z logo on the door is towards the rear. The 15" aluminum wheels (shown) were the base wheel option on the IROC-Z for the 1989 and 1990 model years.

BY YEAR

Quick Jump Bar

1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 TOP OPTIONS

- 1985 Model Year -

Total Production 21,177
IROC-Z Option Code B4Z
Base Engine LG4 "Quadrajet" Carbureted 305 CID (5.0L) V-8
Optional Engine(s) L69 "Quadrajet" Carbureted H.O. 305 CID (5.0L) V-8 LB9 Tuned Port Injection (TPI) 305 CID (5.0L) V-8

 

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305 TPI engine w/ alternator on the passenger side and multi v-belt drive system

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1985 IROC-Z with Yellow Gold paint


 


The IROC (International Race Of Champions) began using the Camaro as the official vehicle. To commemorate this, Chevy made an IROC model for the Camaro. The IROC-Z was option B4Z on the option sheet and could only be ordered with the Z28 option package. The ride height was lower than a standard Z-28, and featured performance-calibrated front struts and springs, Bilstein rear shocks and 16 inch aluminum wheels with Goodyear Eagle 245/50/16 tires.
This new performance icon boasted skidpad numbers within the range of .90 g. The top offering under the hood was the brand new TPI 305 (LB9) which boasted 215 horsepower and 275 ft/lbs of torque. Recipients of this engine wore the tpi.gif (1568 bytes) badge. This was the most powerful 305 automatic ever offered in the IROC. The 190 horsepower HO 4bbl 305 and the standard output 155 horse LG4 were the other available motors.
The IROC also came with a redesigned front fascia with a more rounded appearance and a deeper chin spoiler with lower ground effects. The new fake hood louvers were introduced on the Z28 and IROC. The IROC was available in Yellow, Bright Blue Metallic, Black, Silver Metallic and Red.

1985 was the only model year with no third brakelight

A ‘unique’ feature of the 1985 IROC-Z, is that there is no third brake light. Neither near the top of the hatch window, nor in the rear spoiler.
 

Available Colors

Colors available were White, Black, Bright Red, Yellow Gold, Bright Blue and Silver. 1985 was the only model year you could get a Silver IROC-Z.
 
All 1985 IROC-Zs were equipped with the 85MPH speedometer, as well as all LG4 equipped IROC-Zs until 1987. All 1985 IROC-Zs have the 85MPH speedometer, regardless of engine or transmission option.
 
Round shifter knob was replaced in 1987 with the square shifter knob.<br />
            It is not engine size specific. Automatic transmission equipped IROC-Zs have the round gear selector handle for 1985. All LB9 optioned IROC-Zs required automatic transmission.
 
All Carbed and TBI equipped IROC-Zs had the 5000 RPM redline tach The 5000 RPM redline tachometer was used on LG4/L69 (305 CID "Quadrajet" Carbureted) equipped 1985 IROC-Zs, regardless of transmission.
 
For TPI equipped cars in 1985, LB9's (305 TPI) with manual transmissions and L98s (350 TPI) from 1987 to 1990 have the 5500 RPM redline tachometer The 5500 RPM redline tachometer was used on LB9 (305 Tuned Port Injection) equipped 1985 IROC-Zs, regardless of transmission.
 
Standard wheel style for 1985 to 1987 model year IROC-Zs Not Applicable 16" aluminum wheels with the single (wider) line through each spoke as standard on all 1985 IROC-Zs.
Base Wheel 16" Aluminum Upgrade Wheel None  

- 1986 Model Year -

Total Production 49,585
IROC-Z Option Code B4Z
Base Engine LG4 "Quadrajet" Carbureted 305 CID (5.0L) V-8
Optional Engine(s) L69 "Quadrajet" Carbureted H.O. 305 CID (5.0L) V-8 LB9 Tuned Port Injection (TPI) 305 CID (5.0L) V-8

 

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305 TPI engine w/ alternator on the passenger side and multi v-belt drive system

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1986 Black IROC-Z


 

In 1986, the IROC received slightly different engine packages. The 86 IROC is the armpit of the entire run. The 305 block in 1986 now had a one piece rear main seal. The TPI 305 was the lucky recipient of the LG4 camshaft, and the result was a drop of 25 horses and almost a half second longer run to 60mph. Chevrolet did allow 50 IROCs out the door with the 220HP L98 350 TPI, but word has it, it wasn’t for production release. Beware when somebody sells an 86 IROC-Z with a stock 350 TPI engine. CHECK THE VIN for accuracy.
Chevy also let an undisclosed number of these cars out with the T5 (5-speed transmission) as part of the 1LE racing option that also included air conditioning delete, radio delete, as well as the deletion of all power accessories. The 1LE option was not available with T-tops, but did come with specially calibrated springs, shocks and sway bars.
Visually, not too much changed on the 86 IROC. The government mandated 3rd brake light found its way to the top of the rear hatch near the roof line. Curiously, rear window louvers became a factory option this year. Some of the 86 IROCS came with the new 140mph speedometer. 86 was also the first year for the base coat/clear coat paint system as standard equipment.

1986 was the only model year with the third brake light, located on the upper part of the hatch window

A ‘unique’ feature of the 1986 IROC-Z, is that the third brake light was located on top of the hatch window, close to the roof. Later year, base model Camaros had the brake light in the same location as most did not have a rear spoiler.
 

Available Colors

Colors available were White, Black, Bright Red, Yellow Gold, Bright Blue and Dark Red Metallic
 
All 1985 IROC-Zs were equipped with the 85MPH speedometer, as well as all LG4 equipped IROC-Zs until 1987. Most 1986 IROC-Zs have the 85MPH speedometer, regardless of engine option. Later on in production, the 145MPH speedometer was introduced on TPI equipped IROC-Zs, regardless of transmission.
 
Round shifter knob was replaced in 1987 with the square shifter knob.<br />
            It is not engine size specific. Towards the end of the 1986 model year production line, the 145MPH speedometer was used on TPI equipped IROC-Z, regardless of transmission.
 
Round shifter knob was replaced in 1987 with the square shifter knob.<br />
            It is not engine size specific. Automatic transmission equipped IROC-Zs had the round gear selector handle for 1986. All LB9 optioned IROC-Zs required automatic transmission.
 
All Carbed and TBI equipped IROC-Zs had the 5000 RPM redline tach The 5000 RPM redline tachometer was used on all production IROC-Zs for the 1986 model year, regardless of transmission.
 
Standard wheel style for 1985 to 1987 model year IROC-Zs Not Applicable 16" aluminum wheels with the single (wider) line through each spoke as standard on all 1986 IROC-Zs.
Base Wheel 16" Aluminum Upgrade Wheel None  

- 1987 Model Year -

Total Production 38,889
IROC-Z Option Code B4Z
Base Engine LG4 "Quadrajet" Carbureted 305 CID (5.0L) V-8
Optional Engine(s) LB9 Tuned Port Injection (TPI) 305 CID (5.0L) V-8 L98 Tuned Port Injection (TPI) 350 CID (5.7L) V-8

 

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305 TPI engine w/ alternator on the passenger side and multi v-belt drive system. Both the 305 and 350 TPI are indistiguishable just by looking at them.

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1987 IROC-Z w/ T-Tops in Dark Red Metallic


 

1987 brought about only minor changes to the IROC. The motors now had the new center bolt style heads and the intake manifolds had a revised bolt hole angle to accommodate the different heads. The motors also made the switch to hydraulic roller camshafts. This gave a 3.5% increase in gas mileage, and an extra 5 horsepower. The TPI 350 was now widely available, but only with the 700R4 automatic. Recipents of this engine wore the 57tpi.gif (1456 bytes) badge and the 305 TPI recipients wore the conventional tpi.gif (1568 bytes) badge.
Visually, the 87 is identical to the 86 model, except that the third brake light moved from up on the rear hatch, to down in the rear spoiler.

Interesting Note about Convertibles: Convertibles were introduced for the 1987 model year. There were only two drivetrain combos for the convertible. One was the LG4 (305 Carb) with optional (required) automatic transmission and the other was the LB9 (305 TPI) with standard 5-speed transmission. There were NO LG4/5-speed or LB9/Automatic convertibles for the 1987 model year.

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The rear spoiler light was unique in 1987. It held two incandescent bulbs, which aren’t listed in any bulb chart. All other year convertibles used the 5-halogen bulb lamp assembly, exactly the same as 1987 – 1990 coupes. Also, the rear spoiler’s "side extensions" carried over onto pieces bolted to the doors. This fact makes the side extensions and door "filler" plates unique. These parts were used in 1987 and very early 1988 convertibles.

1987 to 1990 IROC-Z third brake light location

On the 1987 IROC-Z, the third brake light was on the spoiler of the rear hatch lid. Base Camaro models still used the upper hatch location (towards to roof) for the location as most did not have a rear spoiler.
 

Available Colors

Colors available were White, Black, Bright Red, Yellow Gold, Bright Blue and Dark Red Metallic
 
All 1985 IROC-Zs were equipped with the 85MPH speedometer, as well as all LG4 equipped IROC-Zs until 1987. The 85MPH speedometer was the equipment used on the 305 CID (5.0L) "Quadrajet" carbureted engine (LG4) equipped IROC-Z, regardless of transmission.
 
Round shifter knob was replaced in 1987 with the square shifter knob.<br />
            It is not engine size specific. The 145MPH speedometer was used on the 305 CID (5.0L) Tuned Port Injection engine (LB9) and the newly available 350 CID (5.7L) Tuned Port Injection engine (L98) equipped IROC-Z, regardless of transmission and includes convertibles with the LB9 option.
 
1987 was the first year you get get a 5-speed behind the LB9, 305 TPI 1987 was the first year you could get the T5 5-speed manual transmission behind the LB9, 305 TPI engine.
 
Round shifter knob was replaced in 1987 with the square shifter knob.<br />
            It is not engine size specific. Automatic transmission equipped IROC-Zs had the square-shaped gear selector handle for 1987.
 
305 Carbed and 305 TPI (automatic) tachometer for 1987 The 5000 RPM redline tachometer was used on all 305 CID (5.0L) "Quadrajet" carbureted engine (LG4) equipped IROC-Zs, regardless of transmission. The 5000 RPM tachometer was also used on 305 CID (5.0L) Tuned Port Injection engine (LB9) equipped IROC-Zs with automatic transimissions
 
305 TPI (manual) and 350 TPI tachometer The 5500 RPM redline tachometer was used on all 305 CID (5.0L) Tuned Port Injection engine (LB9) equipped IROC-Zs with manual tranmissions, as well as all 350 CID (5.7L) Tuned Port Injection engine (L98) equipped IROC-Zs.
 
Standard wheel style for 1985 to 1987 model year IROC-Zs Not Applicable 16" aluminum wheels with the single (wider) line through each spoke as standard on all 1986 IROC-Zs.
Base Wheel 16" Aluminum Upgrade Wheel None  

- 1988 Model Year -

Total Production 27,811
IROC-Z Option Code Z28
Base Engine LO3 305 CID (5.0L) Throttle Body Injection (TBI) V-8
Optional Engine(s) LB9 Tuned Port Injection (TPI) 305 CID (5.0L) V-8 L98 Tuned Port Injection (TPI) 350 CID (5.7L) V-8

 

Base intake system for 1988 and 1989 IROC-Zs

Base model IROC-Z came with the LO3 305 TBI engine. No cabureted engines were offered in the IROC-Z starting in 1988.

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Base 1988 IROC-Z w/ 15" aluminum wheels


 

1988 brought about some welcome changes in the horsepower department, as well as a somewhat revised exterior scheme. The Z28 was discontinued, and the IROC was now its own model utilizing the Z28 RPO code (instead of the B4Z code). For the first time in the history of the camaro, no carburated camaros were available. All motors offered fuel injection of some sort. The base IROC motor had the TBI injection that was very similar to what was found on the trucks. A new camshaft finally found its way into the 305 TPI and boosted horsepower to 195 HP in the automatic version, and a stout 220 HP when backed with the T5, 5-speed manual transmission. The 350 TPI also got a small horsepower boost to 230 HP. All of the V8s, starting in 88, had "guided rocker arms" that featured a stamped-in lip on each side of the pad that contacts the valve stem.
The exterior of the IROCs received a mild update for 1988. The most noticable difference is that the wheels have been slightly changed. Instead of one line through the center of each spoke, there were now two lines (on the, now, optionally equipped 16" aluminum wheel), and the center area was a little different. Here’s an interesting tidbit: for the first time, the 16" wheel was an option on the IROC. The car came standard with a 15" version. Along with that, the IROC-Z decal moved to the rear of the door instead of the front. The stripe along the ground effects line now had the black line on top of the other. The silver Z-28 badges on the exterior have been replaced with orange IROC-Z logos.

1987 to 1990 IROC-Z third brake light location

On the 1988 IROC-Z, the third brake light was on the spoiler of the rear hatch lid. Base model Camaros were the Sport Coupe model, consisting of either a pedistal mount spoiler (exclusive to 1988 we believe), or the three piece spoiler; either one consisting of the brake light in the spoiler itself as well. The base model Camaros received silver or grey ground effects and can be considered the "preliminary" RS as in 1989, the RS was the base Camaro and wore body colored ground effects versus silver or grey.
 

Available Colors

Colors available were White, Black, Bright Red, Gunmetal Gray, Medium Orange (3,010 made) and Dark Red Metallic. 1988 was the only model year you could get an IROC-Z in Gunmetal Gray and Medium Orange.
 
115 MPH speedometer replaced the 85 MPH speedometer in the base model IROC-Z The 115MPH speedometer was the equipment now used on base equipped IROC-Zs for 1988. This would be the 305 CID (5.0L) Throttle Body Injection (TBI) LO3 equipped IROC-Z, regardless of transmission. The 305 CID (5.0L) Tuned Port Injection (TPI) LB9 equipped IROC-Z with the automatic transmission also recieved the 115MPH speedometer.
 
Round shifter knob was replaced in 1987 with the square shifter knob.<br />
            It is not engine size specific. The 145MPH speedometer was used on the 305 CID (5.0L) Tuned Port Injection engine (LB9) with the 5-speed transmission and the 350 CID (5.7L) Tuned Port Injection engine (L98) equipped IROC-Z and includes convertibles with the LB9 option.
 
Round shifter knob was replaced in 1987 with the square shifter knob.<br />
            It is not engine size specific. Automatic transmission equipped IROC-Zs had the square-shaped gear selector handle for 1988.
 
305 Carbed and 305 TPI (automatic) tachometer for 1987 The 5000 RPM redline tachometer was used on all 305 CID (5.0L) TBI engine (LO3) equipped IROC-Zs, regardless of transmission. The 5000 RPM tachometer was also used on 305 CID (5.0L) Tuned Port Injection engine (LB9) equipped IROC-Zs with automatic transimissions
 
305 TPI (manual) and 350 TPI tachometer The 5500 RPM redline tachometer was used on all 305 CID (5.0L) Tuned Port Injection engine (LB9) equipped IROC-Zs with manual tranmissions, as well as all 350 CID (5.7L) Tuned Port Injection engine (L98) equipped IROC-Zs.
 
This was the only year in which the base model IROC-Z received this style 15 Optional 16 15" aluminum wheels were now the standard on all IROC-Zs starting in 1988. This particular style was only used for the 1988 model year only, replaced in 1989 with a style, similar to the newly designed 16" aluminum upgrade wheel.
Base Wheel 15" Aluminum Upgrade Wheel 16" Aluminum  

- 1989 Model Year -

Total Production 24,007
IROC-Z Option Code Z28
Base Engine LO3 305 CID (5.0L) Throttle Body Injection (TBI) V-8
Optional Engine(s) LB9 Tuned Port Injection (TPI) 305 CID (5.0L) V-8 L98 Tuned Port Injection (TPI) 350 CID (5.7L) V-8

 

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350 TPI engine w/ alternator on the driver side and serpintine belt drive system. Visually identical to the 305 TPI.

 

 

1989 brought about some nice horsepower increases. The TPI 305 5-speed jumped to 230 HP if the dual catalytic converters were ordered (part of G92 package), and with the dual cats, the L98 350 TPI jumped to 240 HP, with a staggering 345 ft/lbs of torque! The TPI systems changed slightly. For the first time, the 9th cold start injector was no longer used. Visually, nothing changed from the 1988 model, except for one key item – starting in 1989, the rear seat belts were shoulder harness, whereas the 1988 and prior year Camaros used the rear lap belt.

1987 to 1990 IROC-Z third brake light location

On the 1989 IROC-Z, the third brake light was on the spoiler of the rear hatch lid. Base model Camaros were now the RS model, basically the same car as the 1988 Sport Coupe, just bore the RS name, consisting of the three piece spoiler, in which the brake light would be located in the spoiler itself as well.
 

Available Colors

Colors available were White, Black, Bright Red, Bright Blue and Dark Red Metallic
 
115 MPH speedometer The 115MPH speedometer was the equipment used on base equipped IROC-Zs and convertible models for 1989. This would be the 305 CID (5.0L) Throttle Body Injection (TBI) LO3 equipped IROC-Z, regardless of transmission and the convertibles received the 115MPH speedometer, regardless of engine.
 
145MPH speedometer The 145MPH speedometer was used on the 305 CID (5.0L) Tuned Port Injection engine (LB9) and the 350 CID (5.7L) Tuned Port Injection engine (L98) equipped IROC-Z, except for the convertible model, which used the 115MPH, regardless of engine (LB9 or L98)
 
Round shifter knob was replaced in 1987 with the square shifter knob.<br />
            It is not engine size specific. Automatic transmission equipped IROC-Zs had the square-shaped gear selector handle for 1989.
 
305 TBI and 305 TPI (automatic) tachometer The 5000 RPM redline tachometer was used on all 305 CID (5.0L) TBI engine (LO3) equipped IROC-Zs, regardless of transmission. The 5000 RPM tachometer was also used on 305 CID (5.0L) Tuned Port Injection engine (LB9) equipped IROC-Zs with automatic transimissions
 
305 TPI (manual) and 350 TPI tachometer The 5500 RPM redline tachometer was used on all 305 CID (5.0L) Tuned Port Injection engine (LB9) equipped IROC-Zs with manual tranmissions, as well as all 350 CID (5.7L) Tuned Port Injection engine (L98) equipped IROC-Zs.
 
15 Optional 16 15" aluminum wheels were the standard on all IROC-Zs in 1989. The newly designed 15" wheel looks very similar to the 16" aluminum upgrade wheel option, just slightly smaller. To tell the difference, look at the tire size on the tire itself. For example, in 245/50/ZR16, the R16 notes that it is a 16" wheel and an R15 would signify a 15" wheel.
Base Wheel 15" Aluminum Upgrade Wheel 16" Aluminum  

- 1990 Model Year -

Total Production 5,517
IROC-Z Option Code Z28
Base Engine LB9 305 CID (5.0L) Tuned Port Injection (TPI) V-8
Optional Engine(s) L98 Tuned Port Injection (TPI) 350 CID (5.7L) V-8

 

350 TPI engine

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350 TPI engine w/ alternator on the driver side and serpintine belt drive system. Visually identical to the 305 TPI. No TBI engine was offered.

 

 

The IROC-Z Camaro ends in a bang. This is the first year the 1LE high performance option became widely known. The 1LE featured 4 wheel disk brakes, a 3.42 posi rear end, an aluminum drive shaft, large 12" front rotors, aluminum calipers, engine oil cooler, larger anti-roll bars and gas tank baffles. There were also numerous spring rates available. The package could only be ordered without air conditioning or fog lamps. 1990 also marked the year the the TPI systems changed from the Mass airflow system to the speed density system. The speed density system allowed an extra 5 horsepower for the 350, upping the ante to 245 HP. The LO3 305 TBI dropped as the base model engine. The only engines you could get in your 1990 IROC was either the 305 TPI (w/ or without the G92 package) or the 350 TPI. Also, for the 1990 model year, the removable roof panels (T-Tops) were not offered in the 1990 IROC-Z equipped with the 350 TPI engine option.

 

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Visually, the exterior of the 1990 IROCs did not change, but looking through the windows will show that they now had a driver side air bag as well as revised instrument cluster. 1990 marked the last production model year for the IROC-Z, ending production as GM’s licensing for IROC ended December 31st, 1989. The limited number of 1990 IROC-Z’s is accounted for the number of cars produced, under the IROC license, until December 31, 1989 for the 1990 model year.

1987 to 1990 IROC-Z third brake light location

On the 1990 IROC-Z, the third brake light was on the spoiler of the rear hatch lid. Base model Camaros were the RS model, consisting of the three piece spoiler, in which the brake light would be located in the spoiler itself as well.
 

Available Colors

Colors available were White, Black, Bright Red, Bright Blue and Dark Red Metallic
 
115 MPH speedometer used on the 1990 model Camaro The 115MPH speedometer was on convertible models only, regardless of engine.
 
sdfsdf The 145MPH speedometer was used on the 305 CID (5.0L) Tuned Port Injection engine (LB9) and the 350 CID (5.7L) Tuned Port Injection engine (L98) equipped IROC-Z, except for the convertible model, which used the 115MPH speedometer, regardless of engine.
 
Only in 1990, the dash IROC-Z logo was all yellow Only in 1990, was the dash "IROC-Z" logo yellow.
 
Round shifter knob was replaced in 1987 with the square shifter knob.<br />
            It is not engine size specific. Automatic transmission equipped IROC-Zs had the square-shaped gear selector handle for 1990.
 
5000 RPM redline tach used on 305 TPI w/o G92 package The 5000 RPM redline tachometer was used on the 305 CID (5.0L) TPI engine (LB9) equipped IROC-Zs, without the G92 performance package.
 
305 TPI (manual) and 350 TPI tachometer The 5500 RPM redline tachometer was used on all 305 CID (5.0L) Tuned Port Injection engine (LB9) equipped IROC-Zs with the G92 performance package, as well as all 350 CID (5.7L) Tuned Port Injection engine (L98) equipped IROC-Zs.
 
15 Optional 16 15" aluminum wheels were the standard on all IROC-Zs in 1990. The 15" wheel looks very similar to the 16" aluminum upgrade wheel option, just slightly smaller. To tell the difference, look at the tire size on the tire itself. For example, in 245/50/ZR16, the R16 notes that it is a 16" wheel and an R15 would signify a 15" wheel.
Base Wheel 15" Aluminum Upgrade Wheel 16" Aluminum  

BY OPTION(s)

- Engines -

Engine

Year Available / Standard or Optional Equipment

 
LG4 4bbl Carbureted 305 1985 – Standard 1986 – Standard 1987 – Standard

 
L69 4bbl Carbureted 305 High Output 1985 – Optional 1986 – Optional

 

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1985 – Optional 1986 – Optional 1987 – Optional 1988 – Optional 1989 – Optional 1990 – Standard engine (G92 performance package is optional)

 
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350tpi.jpg (8768 bytes) L98 Tuned Port Injection 350 1987 – Optional (w/ AT only) 1988 – Optional (w/ AT only) 1989 – Optional (w/ AT only) 1990 – Optional (w/ AT only)

 

MT = Manual Transmission (5-Speed T5), AT = Automatic Transmission (700R4)


- Transmissions -

Transmission/Knob

Year Available / Standard or Optional Equipment

 

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1985 – Standard (exc. LB9. 305 TPI option) 1986 – Standard (exc. LB9, 305 TPI option) 1987 – Standard (exc. L98, 350 TPI option) 1988 – Standard (exc. L98, 350 TPI option) 1989 – Standard (exc. L98, 350 TPI option) 1990 – Standard (exc. L98, 350 TPI option)

 

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1985 – Optional (required with LB9, 305 TPI option) 1986 – Optional (required with LB9, 305 TPI option)

 

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1987 – Optional (required with L98, 350 TPI option) 1988 – Optional (required with L98, 350 TPI option) 1989 – Optional (required with L98, 350 TPI option) 1990 – Optional (required with L98, 350 TPI option)

 

- Wheels -

Wheel Style Year Available / Standard or Optional Equipment

 
85to87wheel.jpg (4155 bytes) 16" Aluminum 1985 – Standard 1986 – Standard 1987 – Standard

 
88stockwheel.jpg (4193 bytes) 15" Aluminum 1988 – Standard

 
89to90stockwheel.jpg (3585 bytes) 15" Aluminum 1989 – Standard 1990 – Standard

 
88to90wheel.jpg (4529 bytes) 16" Aluminum 1988 – Optional 1989 – Optional 1990 – Optional

 

- Colors -

Exterior Color Year Available

 
white.gif (869 bytes) White 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990

 
red.gif (869 bytes) Bright Red 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990

 
black.gif (869 bytes) Black 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990

 
yellow.gif (869 bytes) Yellow Gold 1985 1986 1987

 
blue.gif (869 bytes) Bright Blue 1985 1986 1987 1989 1990

 
dkred.gif (869 bytes) Dark Red (Flame Red) 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990

 
silver.gif (869 bytes) Silver 1985

 
medorange.gif (869 bytes) Medium Orange 1988

 
gunmetal.gif (869 bytes) Gunmetal Gray 1988

 

- Striping and Decals -

Style/Location Year / Option (if applicable)

 
85to87stripes_sm.jpg (4839 bytes) IROC-Z logo towards front of each door. Black stripe on bottom of two. 1985 – Standard (All) 1986 – Standard (All) 1987 – Standard (All)

 
88to90stripes_sm.jpg (5377 bytes) IROC-Z logo towards rear of each door. Black stripe on top of two. 1988 – Standard (DX3 Sticker Delete Optional) 1989 – Standard (DX3 Sticker Delete Optional) 1990 – Standard (DX3 Sticker Delete Optional)

 

- Speedometers -

Speedometer Year Available / With What Equipment

 
85mph.jpg (6151 bytes) 85MPH 1985 – All 1986 - All (exc. later 86 models with 305 TPI) 1987 – LG4 (305 4bbl Carb)

 
115mph.jpg (5678 bytes) 115MPH 1988 - LO3 (305 TBI) 1989 – LO3 (305 TBI) and all convertibles, regardless of engine

 
145mph.jpg (7904 bytes) 145MPH 1986 - Later models with 305 TPI 1987 – LB9 (305 TPI) and L98 (350 TPI), including convertibles w/ LB9 1988 – LB9 (305 TPI) and L98 (350 TPI), including convertibles w/ LB9 1989 – LB9 (305 TPI) and L98 (350 TPI), excluding convertibles

 
115mph90.jpg (6288 bytes) 115MPH (Newer Style) 1990 – All convertibles, regardless of engine

 
dfsf 145MPH (Newer Style) 1990 – LB9 (305 TPI) and L98 (350 TPI), excluding convertibles

 

- Tachometer -

Redline Year Available / With What Equipment

 
5000redline.jpg (4803 bytes) 5000 RPM (4500 RPM Yellow) 1985 - LG4 (305 4bbl Carb), L69 (305 4bbl H.O. Carb) 1986 – All 1987 – LG4 (305 4bbl Carb), LB9 (305 TPI) w/ Auto 1988 – LO3 (305 TBI), LB9 (305 TPI) w/ Auto 1989 – LO3 (305 TBI), LB9 (305 TPI) w/ Auto

 
5500redline.jpg (6049 bytes) 5500 RPM (5000 RPM Yellow) 1985 – LB9 (305 TPI) 1986 – None 1987 – LB9 (305 TPI) w/ 5-Speed, L98 (350 TPI) 1988 – LB9 (305 TPI) w/ 5-Speed, L98 (350 TPI) 1989 – LB9 (305 TPI) w/ 5-Speed, L98 (350 TPI)

 
5000redline90.jpg (5185 bytes) 5000 RPM (Newer Style) (4500 RPM Yellow) 1990 – LB9 (305 TPI) w/o G92 Perf Pkg

 
5500 RPM (Newer Style) (5000 RPM Yellow) 1990 – LB9 (305 TPI) w/ G92 Perf Pkg, L98 (350 TPI)

 

- Third Brake Light Placement -

Location

Year

 
85rearbrakelight.jpg (4138 bytes) No Third Brake Light 1985

 
86rearbrakelight.jpg (4621 bytes) Top of Hatch Window near roofline 1986

 
88to90rearbrakelight.jpg (4700 bytes) Bottom of Hatch Window in Rear Spoiler 1987 1988 1989 1990

 

 

- Allan Reinike with contributions from Jim Irace and Willie


 

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72 Responses to “1985 to 1990 Camaro IROC-Z Spotter’s Guide”

  1. Brett says:

    Great info all on one page! Thanks!
    Would it be possible to show production numbers by engine size for each year?
    I had a 1990 with the 350. Only 2415 that year that engine. I wish I still had it. I will have another IROC-Z again(someday).

  2. Ben R says:

    There were no motors on the top for the 3rd gen they are manual convertibles. I own the 1990 RS version

  3. doug says:

    In 89 they did have gunmetal gray on here its says that it was only available in 88

  4. Tony says:

    The redline for the L69 (305 H.O.) equipped IROC's was in fact 5500rpm not 5000 (same as all the f body L69 equipped cars and the Monte Carlo SS of that era)…. Great read otherwise

  5. Jerry says:

    this site has the most accurate information I've been able to find on Iroc-Z28s anywhere.
    I currently have an '88 Iroc, it's a white L98 hardtop car. one day while I was working on the car a man who was driving by stopped and approched me (I assumed he was going to ask if I wanted to sell it) instead he tells me he has a red '87 Iroc, which is also an L98 car BUT HAS T-TOPS and asks me if I'd be interested, he just doesn't have the time for it anymore. now I love my car but I really want t-tops, he told me his car was clean so I went to look at it and it checks out. now I don't have room for two camaros and my car is in rough shape, so what I'm going to do is sell my car to a good friend (who wants a hardtop) so I can still visit it when I want and pick the t-top car.
    this is where "iroczone" comes in handy. this t-top car has a salvage title (no idea why the car is mint) he told me it was an l98 car but without the factory vin number I had to find another way to prove it's authenticity. I looked at the tac and it redlines at 5500 like it should, and I also checked the rearend wich had disc breaks and was the Borg-Warner 9 bolt. so it's either a true l98 car, or a very good clone (idk why anyone would clone an Iroc) but I have a question.
    where the front licence plate goes it says "camaro" in red, my car says "camaro" in white, I'm wondering was this a body color thing for red cars? I've only seen the "camaro" block off plate written in white no matter if the car was white, black or burgundy, I know it's not an l98 thing since my cars plate is also white, but since my car is an '88 and the the red car is an '87 could this be a year specific thing, if anybody could shed some light on this information that'd be great
     
    just a response to "Brian"s question, the EPA.GOV does say the 5.7 needs high test, but the engine only has a 9.3:1 compression ratio so it will run just fine on regular unleaded gasoline without detonation. however if you would feel more comfortable adding some octane boost it wouldn't hurt, there just wouldn't be any noticable change in performance

  6. duck says:

    thank so much for this site it was a lot of help making sure my 86 iroc-z was a tru iroc-z i had my conserns because i dont have my center console lid but everything u have stated is the same on mine i got a great deal on the car i only payed 900 for it because it didnt have any keys but thanks again this info in very helpful wen trying to find a realiroc-z

  7. Billy Dalton says:

    We have the white IRoc Z 1986 5 speed manuel transmissison 350 perfect shape.with t tops and its rides like u wouldnt believe.

  8. potts says:

    I have an 89 iroc z that I am trying to sell and everyone tells me that it’s a clone but I look at all the information and it has everything stated above for an 89 are there people that will say thus to try and get the car cheaper?

  9. [...] IROC-Z: In 1985, Chevrolet introduced a new Camaro model — the IROC-Z, named after the popular competition International Race of Champions. This famous Camaro was produced for only five years and made Car and Driver magazine’s 1985 “Ten Best” list. [...]

  10. [...] with exteriors and interiors that far exceed those of models churned out in the '90s. In fact, the IROC-Z, which lived from '85 to '90, is one of many milestones in the Camaro lineage, as it was lighter and more powerful than most of [...]

  11. Derek Brown says:

    I have a rare 86 IROC-Z with T-Tops and a 5 speed manual transmission with the racing options and it came with air condition, radio, power everything and a 145 mph speedometer. It came with a 305 but I bought a HP 350 creat engin from chevrolet that I love with the manual transmission, this car should have came like this, wow. Billy Dalton has his car the same way I have mine and everything is legit but the engin but it was worth the change!

  12. I have a 1986 IROC Z-28 305 TPI with T-tops , red with 35000 miles.If this is the armpit of the IROCS, I sure would like to drive one of the others.I think this car has a very classic look, not to mention,is fun to drive for a 70 year old, and his wife.We like to remove the t,s ,put on the Beach Boys , and cruise, when the weather permits. I consider this car a poor-man’s corvette, and plan to enjoy it as long as the LORD lets me.

  13. mike says:

    wow, the best iroc camaro website online. Thank you so much for the literature. It has made a difference in weeding out all the fake clones.

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  19. Walter says:

    Did the 90 iroc come with a 5.7 and t-tops. I hear different stories. I’m thinking of changing my 5.0 to a 5.7 but I’m worried cause I have t- tops and hear the frame will twist

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