New for 2015
After a 2014 refresh, the Chevrolet Camaro enters 2015 relatively unchanged, but adds Blue Velvet Metallic as an exterior color option.
The Camaro is Chevrolet’s long-running muscle car, which sits below the Corvette Stingray and SS in the automaker’s sports car lineup. The Camaro is offered in many forms, from a base V-6 model, to a high-performance ZL1, and to the track-ready Z/28.
The rear-drive Chevrolet Camaro comes in coupe and convertible form, and offers a special-edition Z/28 model that’s offered exclusively as a coupe, significantly revises the chassis and suspension for track-oriented performance. The Camaro can be had with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.
The capable base-model 2015 Camaro gets a 3.6-liter V-6 that makes 323 hp and 278 lb-ft of torque, good for an EPA-estimated 18-19/27-30 mpg city/highway with the automatic and 17/28 mpg with the manual. The Camaro SS gets one of two V-8 engines, depending on transmission choice: the automatic-equipped models get a 400-hp 6.2-liter V-8 (L99) that makes 410 lb-ft of torque; manual-equipped models get a 426-hp 6.2-liter V-8 (LS3) that makes 420 lb-ft of torque; EPA-estimated fuel economy is 15/24 mpg for the auto, and 16/24 mpg for the manual. Buyers looking for even more power can get either body style in the ZL1 trim, which supercharges a 6.2-liter V-8 (LSA) for 580 hp and 556 lb-ft of torque, which the EPA rated at 12/18 mpg with the automatic, and 14/19 mpg with the manual.
Those looking to track their Camaro, and wanting more than the Chevrolet Performance Department offers, can step up to the 2015 Camaro Z/28, which comes exclusively as a coupe with a Tremec six-speed manual. The 7.0-liter LS7 V-8, from the 2013 Corvette Z06, makes 505 hp and 481 lb-ft of torque in the Z/28 and is good for an EPA-estimated 13/15 mpg. Chevrolet engineers lightened the Z/28, used the first Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve on a high-volume production vehicle (also available to non-Z/28 owners through the Chevrolet Performance Department), made other numerous changes to the chassis and body, and added high-performance summer tires.
The 2015 Chevrolet Camaro coupe (convertible has not been tested) received a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars), but has not been evaluated by the IIHS.
What We Think
Chevy engineers have pulled out all the stops for the Z/28. Handling and the very powerful brakes, designed to give consistent pedal feel with no fade even on the track, combine to make it quicker around a road course than more powerful competition.
The supercharged ZL1 is the most powerful Camaro available, and is a great deal cheaper than the track-oriented Z/28 (to the tune of almost $20,000). Since styling stays the same for the sake of aerodynamics (and the air-flow to the blower), it carries a quieter visual presence.
Indeed, the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 displays a certain polish that makes it worth considering even as it ages. Curb appeal and horsepower supremacy can be fleeting—enjoy the moment, Hellcat—but the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 possesses another, more durable quality: competence.
- Z/28 for track dominance
- Chevrolet Performance Department offers Z/28 goodies for the masses
- Awesome curb appeal
You Won’t Like
- Poor fuel economy
- Even with the Z/28 weight savings, heavy!
- Poor rearward visibility
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