Well I have taken an early 90s Z24 off the line and to 60 first, thats with my stock GT & with shitty synchros in my 5 speed. I´ve never had much respect for the 2.4L 4 banger Cavaliers, 115 hp...my sister bought a 98 and it´s slower than tree sap. The Z24s i have a little respect for, in fact I almost bought one instead of my EGT, but after I spanked that blue one they kinda lost their cool status with me
and just to back this up I have a little data on Z24´s...
1993 hardtop Z24;
0-60: 8.3 seconds
1/4 time: 17.2 seconds
1998 Convertible Z24:
1/4 time: 16.8 @ 92 mph
So yes it´s faster than a 2nd gen EGT to 60, but only by 1/10th of a second, which means it´s up to the driver to get the jump on the other car... but by the time a 1/4 mile passes my EGT will have a 93 Z24 by 7/10ths of a second, which is about a car length. Did Z24s come with 5 speed manuals? I think they did but I can´t remember.