2014 Chevrolet Camaro
Debuting at the 2013 New York auto show, Chevrolet’s 2014 Camaro refresh consists of three or four relatively minor changes. But that simple statement isn’t quite fair to the people behind the bow-tie pony car. Just last year, Chevy upgraded the interiors of the entire Camaro lineup, upgraded dampers and anti-roll bars on V-8–powered models to reduce understeer, and introduced the SS 1LE package and the ZL1 convertible. Besides, the Camaro team probably had its hands full engineering the all-new 500-hp, LS7-powered Z/28 that also dropped in the Big Apple.
For their part, GM’s sales and marketing people probably felt there wasn’t much upgrading that needed to be done, anyway: The Camaro has outsold its bitter rival, the Ford Mustang, each of the past three years. And so the most prominent changes to the Camaro for 2014 are its updated front and rear fascias. In front, the upper portion of the grille has been vertically compressed, creating a slightly wider appearance, while the lower section has been widened to improve cooling. Out back, the taillights have been binned in favor of solid rectangular units, and the decklid and the diffuser have been updated in the name of improved aerodynamics. The hood can be spec’d with a functional hood vent that aids in cooling and is claimed to reduce lift at high speeds. The interior goes unchanged into 2014, save for two new options: Recaro sport seats and a full-color head-up display.
As far as what stays the same, well, that’d be pretty much everything else. The Camaro’s familiar 3.6-liter V-6 producing 323 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque carries over, as does its 426-hp, 420-lb-ft, 6.2-liter V-8 (400 hp and 410 hp with the automatic). Fans of more-powerful Camaros still will be able to opt for the 580-hp, supercharged 6.2-liter Camaro ZL1. (Note, however, that the ZL1 will not receive the new 2014 front fascia, as adopting that piece for the blown Camaro’s ultra-high-speed mission would have required “serious engineering work,” we’re told.) Track aficionados will again have the chance to purchase the 1LE handling pack.
The Camaro lineup appears to be well and truly set until the next-generation car arrives within the next couple of years, at which point the nameplate will move to the lighter Alpha platform that also underpins the Cadillac ATS and all-new CTS. Ford, for its part, is readying a fresh Mustang for next year with contemporary styling and its first-ever widespread use of an independent rear suspension. As ever—excepting the dark period of Camarolessness that spanned much of the 2000s—the pony-car war rages on.
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