What Made the 2002 B4C Camaro Special?

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The 2002 Chevrolet Camaro B4C was the police vehicle version of the standard Camaro model. Chevy identified the police version as the B4C Special Equipment Option, or Special Service police package. The Camaro B4C was essentially the Z28 Chevy factory package with some additional heavy-duty options. Chevrolet produced the Camaro B4C from 1991 to 2002. The Camaro went on hiatus until Chevy revived it in 2009.

Background

  • The Camaro was in poor shape when Chevrolet stopped production in 2002. Its styling was dated and many of its components were cheap-looking. Poor sales prompted the automaker to cut its losses as it hurried to drop nameplates that were not performing. Yet the Z28 and Sport packages were very fast cars with superb handling. The base 2002 Camaro came with an underpowered 3.8-liter V-6 generating a modest 200 horsepower and 225 foot-pounds of torque, but the 310-horsepower, Corvette-inspired LS1 V-8 made the B4C version a favorite among police and highway patrol departments as a pursuit vehicle. However, the drawback was the Camaro had a tight interior that prevented police officers of transporting arrested individuals. As a result, officers driving Camaros usually needed a backup unit to transport prisoners.

B4C Package

  • In some ways, the B4C was a lesser version of the original police-oriented package. The 1LE Performance Handling Package was a racing option favored by police departments, but was no longer available after 1999. The 1LE's package had a high-performance suspension system. However, many of the 1LE features were not compatible with police work, such as the premium stereo system, racing stripes and T-top. B4C equipment that did come from the factory for 2002 Camaros included an aluminum drive shaft, Koni gas-charged monotube shock absorbers, stiffer control arms, bigger bushings, oversized front and rear sway bars, computer-selected coil springs, a beefier transmission mount, high-output alternator, larger all-wheel disc brakes, and transmission and power-steering oil coolers. The B4C also received a certified 145-mph speedometer.

Z28 Features

  • Although the B4C was virtually a Z28, the vehicle did not carry any Z28 badging. However, it had the Z28's Zexel-Torson limited slip differential with a 3.23-to-1 rear ratio, an automatic transmission interlock system, a rear spoiler integrated into the rear deck, platinum-tipped spark plugs and 16-inch aluminum wheels.

Extras

  • Police departments could order a wide range of options, including a premium audio system, although that was unlikely with many agencies. However, among the useful available options were window defoggers, an engine block heater, color-keyed body side moldings and cloth or leather seats.

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