Sleeker styling and a new Z/28 model highlights of the 2014 Camaro
For 2014, the Chevrolet Camaro, on sale here at Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio, dials up the level of competition in the segment, thanks in part to a slew of updates including revised front and rear styling, improved aerodynamics, available features like RECARO® performance bucket seats and a head-up display, and, perhaps most significant, the return of the Z/28 model to a lineup that already includes SS and ZL1 variants. Coupe and convertible body styles are available.
Trims: Cool Cruiser to Track-Ready Brute
As noted by Kelley Blue Book editors, “Whether you’re a 20-something performance enthusiast seeking a car that boasts loads of power and aggressive looks, or a mid-lifer ready to get your crisis on/relive your youth, the 2014 Camaro offers serious thrills for the money.” Indeed, with an MSRP of just $23,055, the Camaro 1LS coupe packs a punch courtesy of its powerful V6 engine, rear-drive chassis dynamics, and a bounty of standard features that includes 18-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth® connectivity, and a complimentary 6-month subscription for OnStar’s Directions & Connections® plan with helpful Turn-by-Turn Navigation assistance.
The 2014 Camaro 2LS and 1LT trims are equipped with premium cloth upholstery, foglamps, power-adjustable front seats, and the Chevy MyLink touch-screen and voice-controlled infotainment system featuring Pandora and Stitcher music apps, smartphone integration and much more. Drivers looking for extra amenities may want to consider the 2LT trim with its standard leather upholstery, head-up display, distinct gauges, rearview camera, 245-watt Boston Acoustics® sound system, and 19-inch alloy wheels.
The Camaro SS is available in 1SS and 2SS versions, the former marked by the addition of a V8 engine along with 20-inch alloy wheels, Brembo ventilated disc brakes, and a limited-slip differential. The 2SS trim ups the ante by also adding the amenities found on the Camaro 2LT.
Moving the performance needle to even greater heights is the Camaro ZL1, which Chevy has fitted with a vented hood to increase road-gripping downforce, a dual-mode exhaust system that delivers a throaty bark at higher rpm, and a track-tuned chassis that includes GM’s incredibly responsive Magnetic Ride Control™ technology, the fastest-reacting suspension in the world.
Positioned atop the Camaro lineup is the new-for-2014 Z/28. Using a V8 engine borrowed from the Corvette Z06 and featuring components such as Brembo Carbon Ceramic Matrix™ brake rotors, RECARO® seats, and massive R-compound tires that are essentially street-legal slicks, the Z/28 is quite simply the most capable factory-built Camaro ever offered.
Engines: No Less Than 323 Horses
The V6 they’re referencing is a direct-injected 3.6-liter with continuously variable valve timing. It produces a big 323 hp backed up by 278 lb/ft of torque, all of which is transmitted to the rear wheels via an Aisin® six-speed manual transmission with Hill-Start Assist or an adaptive six-speed automatic with TAPShift steering-wheel paddle shifters.
That six-cylinder is standard in LS and LT trims, while the SS variants are amped up with a 6.2-liter V8 that puts out 426 hp and 420 lb/ft of torque. The V8 features efficiency-minded Active Fuel Management technology, which allows it to run on four cylinders under light loads to save fuel. In the ZL1, that 6.2-liter V8 is coupled with a supercharger that boosts output to 580 hp and 556 lb/ft of torque. The SS and the ZL1 come with separate versions of a TREMEC six-speed manual with Launch Control or with the six-speed TAPshift automatic transmission.
Finally, there’s the 2014 Z/28. At the heart of this all-new, track-ready Camaro is a hand-assembled LS7 7.0-liter V8 pushing 505 hp and 480 lb/ft of tire-shredding torque paired with a model-specific short-through TREMEC six-speed manual transmission. A standard 10.5-quart dry-sump oil system uses pressurized oil to ensure essential lubrication during high performance driving, and the Z/28 also features a special Performance Traction Management System and standard limited-slip differential. According to Chevy, this version of its iconic muscle car finished a lap of the famous Nürburgring race track, in bad weather, in seven minutes and 37 seconds (faster than some high-priced exotic supercars), and can pull 1.08g’s in corners.