2014 New Cars

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It's an exciting time of year, isn't it? When the new cars start to roll out, there's a crisp sense of purpose in the air. This year, the carmakers are hard at it again after a troubled period, and although things aren't easy, everyone is trying to do good work. The time for making excuses is over, and now is the time for making cars. For all of us, every new shape promises to lead down a road that we haven't taken before, and new people, distant places, and great adventures lie at the end of it. Every new car is a great drive waiting to happen.

Chevrolet Camaro Z/28
The Camaro Z/28 is back and should be better than ever. Meant to recall the original, race-ready homologation special from the late 1960s, the Z/28 has been slated to return ever since the revival of the Camaro in 2010, but it didn't make it to the street because Chevy engineers wanted a worthy engine. Even the supercharged, 580-hp V-8 from the ZL1 couldn't cut it. The Z/28's centerpiece is the normally aspirated V-8 from the outgoing Corvette Z06, and it's complemented by a six-speed manual transmission (and only a six-speed manual), track-ready suspension, and carbon-ceramic brakes. It has the same refreshed look that every Camaro gets for 2014, but the Z/28 looks more hard-core. Even so, this Camaro might not be the track monster that you're hoping for, because the baseline for the Z/28's 300-pound weight loss is relative to the 4120-pound Camaro ZL1. That means the Z/28 should weigh about as much as a regular Camaro SS. - Joseph Capparella

WHY WE CARE
This is the most hard-core Camaro since the Roger Penske Z/28 racing cars of the 1960s.

On Sale: Early 2014
Price: $65,000 (est.)
Engine: 7.0L V-8, 500 hp, 470 lb-ft (est.)


Chevrolet SS
The 2014 Chevrolet SS comes to the United States by way of Australia, where it is known as the Holden Commodore, the car that also spawned the short-lived but well-loved Pontiac G8. The new SS picks up where the G8 left off, and we're jazzed about the reappearance of a rear-wheel-drive performance sedan from Chevrolet. Sadly, there will be no manual transmission for folks like us; a six-speed automatic will be matched with the LS3 V-8 engine that we know so well from the C6 Corvette. The Chevrolet SS starts at a pricey $44,470, but that price includes standard luxury features such as a Bose audio system, Chevy's MyLink, leather-trimmed seats, and even automatic parking assist -- a first for the brand. The SS goes up against the brutish SRT versions of the Dodge Charger and the Chrysler 300 in terms of tire-shredding ability, although its nondescript style doesn't quite match the Mopar twins in terms of muscle-car swagger. - JC

WHY WE CARE
There's a Corvette V-8 in a sedan that's the size of a BMW 5-series. What's not to love?

On Sale: Late 2013
Price: $44,470
Engine: 6.2L V-8, 415 hp, 415 lb-ft


Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible
It all started with a convertible. When the Corvette C1 was introduced in 1953, it was available only as a roadster; an optional hard top wasn't even offered until 1956. With the Corvette's five subsequent generations, a convertible was a key part of the car's identity, so it's no surprise that the plan for the new Corvette Stingray included a convertible from the get-go. Chevy says the Corvette's aluminum construction needs no reinforcement to compensate for removing the roof, so the Stingray convertible shouldn't carry much extra weight compared with the coupe. We expect world-beating performance from the direct-injected, 6.2-liter pushrod V-8, which sends 455 hp through a seven-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic. You can drop the top on this Corvette convertible at speeds up to 30 mph, so you'll not only be able to show off the upgraded interior decked out with leather and aluminum, but also have the chance to get a wind-in-the-hair experience like never before. - JC

WHY WE CARE
It's the new Corvette. Duh.

On Sale: Late 2013
Price: $56,995
Engine: 6.2L V-8, 455 hp, 460 lb-ft

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Adriano Miskovic
perfect.
S S
Audi TDI's have jumped the shark.  Pricing out their core demo by a mere quarter mill premium pricetag...all the while stuffing that poor little eco-lux chassis with a gastly V12.  I'd rather buy a Sterling and replace the badging.
Oh Ms. Jennings where have my editors gone...The days of DED, RC and PJ O'... God bless'em.
red rotors
Cruze diesel uses / needs urea additive, Jetta does not. Cruze diesel is only available fully loaded trim with leather, Jetta, more trim choice. Transmission choice?"beats the Germans at their own game"? NOPE! FAIL - GM & Automobile mag.
Whatnow
I liked the SS when it was a G8, and the styling has held up well. However, I wish GM would have went with the CTS VSports TT V6, 8 spd trans, and more aggressive styling. For the price though, what other sedan could match it other than something Bavarian for at least 20K more.
Rupinder Bhullar
chevy camaro.......
Tim Lucas
@Ben, what else in the pricerange has this level of performance?
Zaw Lu
Camaro
OldSalt
I just love the looks of the new Camaro!! The Z/28 will be a killer on the street, strip, and track!! The ball's in your court Mustang!!! I also love the new Stingray in either coup or convertible!! Can you say 29-30 mpg in a 455 hp sports car??? And I just can't wait to see a comparison between the SS, Charger, and 300!!! Should be a great year!!!
Devesh Patil
SUPERB...
Doug Skipper
is the SS Officially RWD?
Alexander Anzhilov
Camaro it's cool)
Bhargav Sonowal
I love camaro
Kyree S. Williams
The looks are subjective, but it does have the performance to compete with the Chrysler 300 SRT8 and Dodge Charger SRT8, both of which are also around that price...
Fonzo Ro Ma
At least Chevrolet finally got rid of the double-chin grille
Ben Watkins
$44.5k for the SS! GM is having a laugh!
Bill Flintrop
The SS should be called "Impala SS" or "Caprice SS" because SS by itself doesn't make much sense.
Mohammad Sh
camaro
Rick Reny
I saw an 08' G8 at the store yesterday that looked better than that SS. Just saying, the SS is one boring looking car.
Doug Maxwell
and the average working man cant afford any of the three!!!
Manuel Mendoza
They all look outdated alrdy
OldSalt
@Austin D. Skipper YES!!!

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