New For 2014The Z/28 model is a new addition to the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro lineup. Pricing has yet to be announced but is expected to be a bit higher than the $56,000 price tag of the ZL1. All other 2014 Chevrolet Camaro models gain new front and rear styling, save for the ZL1, which keeps its old nose.
Vehicle SummaryShortly after General Motors discontinued the fourth-generation F-body in 2002, Camaro loyalists cried out in protest. The noise was loud enough to prompt GM to investigate a retro-styled fifth-generation model. After showing a coupe concept in 2006 and a convertible concept in 2007, a production version finally rolled into showrooms for the 2010 model year. Initially only a 3.6-liter V-6 and a 6.2-liter V-8 were offered, but the addition of the ZL1 for 2012 also brought a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 to square off against the Ford Shelby GT500.
OverviewJust how many variants of the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro does the world need? In addition to the base six-cylinder Camaro and the V-8-powered Camaro SS, we also have the supercharged Camaro ZL1 and convertible variants for all three models. Factor in the Camaro SS 1LE package and the drag-only COPO, and that total grows to eight.
But wait: there's now one more. The big news for 2014 is the revival of the Camaro Z/28 nameplate for the first time in twelve years. The new Z/28 isn't exactly a homologation special like the original, but it is designed with severe track duty in mind. Power comes from the C6 Corvette Z06's 7.0-liter V-8, which serves up more than 500 hp. A close-ratio six-speed manual transmission is the only gearbox offered on the Z/28. It's a little strange to see Chevy build a track car by gutting air-conditioning and audio-system components while retaining the rear seat. Still, for Camaro junkies wishing for something to counter the 2011-2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302, this might be the ultimate fifth-gen Camaro.
Revisions elsewhere across the Camaro lineup are limited mostly to a cosmetic exterior refresh. Up front, the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro's grille is narrower and more tapered than before. Out back, new rectangular taillamp assemblies actually wrap around the corners of the fascia. The 2014 Camaro ZL1 is the lone exception to this makeover: as Chevy didn't want to rework the car's aerodynamics and cooling packaging for the supercharged V-8 (and its important intercooler), 2014 ZL1s gain only the new rear styling while their noses remain unchanged.
The Camaro drives pretty well -- and handles incredibly in ZL1 and SS 1LE guises -- but it still stuffers from a funky cabin design and poor rearward visibility. Coupes offer decent trunk space, but a small, oddly shaped opening severely limits its use. The Ford Mustang -- especially the new 2015 Mustang due in mid-2014 -- probably gives the Camaro the biggest run for its money, but no matter: although muscle-car fans love to argue over bragging rights, cars in this segment usually aren't sold on objectivity, and few die-hard Camaro fans will even fathom the idea of switching to a Ford.
- New look for 2014
- Camaro ZL1 blurs line between brute and civil road car
- Camaro 1LE handles surprisingly well for such a heavy car
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- Heavy, heavy, heavy!
- Convertible rear seat lacks leg and shoulder room
- Impaired rear visibility, limited trunk space
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