The 2014 Chevy Camaro, race-prepared Z/28 features a wide range of upgrades, together with the V8 previously used within the Corvette Z06 and unique suspension and brake upgrades. Throughout the 2014 Chevy Camaro line, you will see an up to date look with a wider decrease mouth, a compressed higher grille, new headlights, one-piece taillights and a new spoiler and exhaust tips. New non-obligatory Recaro front seats are available for the SS and ZL1 coupes.
After fourth-era Camaro manufacturing stopped back in 2002, many feared this automotive icon was dead for good. Fortunately, Chevy introduced it again after a virtually decade-long hiatus. Even better, Chevrolet has been making steady improvements since. For the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro, you'll immediately spot the car's sleeker entrance grille, new headlights and taillights, and minor changes all around. However the return of the Z/28 moniker adds an entire new degree to Camaro efficiency this year.
With the prevailing 426-horsepower SS and 580-hp ZL1 fashions, the Chevy Camaro lineup actually wasn't short on tire-frying power. New for 2014, the racetrack-themed Z/28 buffs out the Camaro's dealing with capabilities. To start, Chevy carried out a variety of weight-saving measures, together with no customary air-conditioning and decreased sound-deadening material. The Z/28's efficiency is further fortified by a trick race-oriented suspension, commonplace carbon-ceramic brakes and special aerodynamic physique pieces. Under the hood you'll discover the 7.zero-liter V8 formerly used in the (now-discontinued) Corvette Z06 that cranks out roughly 500 hp.
Basically, the Z/28 is a stripped-out, beefed-up, maximum-grade model of the Camaro that is happiest on a racetrack. But ought to all this seem to be an excessive amount of (whether or not by way of specs or worth), know that any Camaro is still going to be loads of fun. If the three available V8 engines are an excessive amount of grunt on your needs, a 323-hp V6 is still available, and it will get respectable mileage, too. Meanwhile, with its glossy strains, big wheels, bulging hood and swollen wheel arches, the Camaro continues to be an actual looker.
Alas, there are some downsides endemic to the Camaro. Seeing out of the thing, for instance, is among the car's extra distracting elements. The tiny windows look great from the outside, but they result in poor outward visibility. And should you're planning on taking buddies anyplace, you'd better hope those friends are very babies, because the backseat is an actual squeeze for adults.
Then once more, limited practicality is just about a given with a muscle car. The Dodge Challenger and the Ford Mustang are two names which have gone head-to-head with the Camaro for years they usually both provide totally different strengths. The Mustang gives similar performance for much less cash and is still our favourite decide for base V6 and V8 models, however the ZL1 is healthier than the GT500, and there isn't any Mustang equivalent to the new Z/28 this year. The Challenger, in the meantime, is the roomiest and most comfortable in this group, but it surely does really feel considerably bigger and less nimble to drive. As an alternative to the entire above, Hyundai's Genesis Coupe might be worth a look.
Whichever performance automotive you settle on, know that the Camaro will flip heads regularly and can seldom fail to place a smile in your face.
Body Styles, Trim Ranges, and Choices
The 2014 Chevy Camaro is available in both 4-seat coupe and convertible physique styles. There are eight trim ranges, including the V6-powered 1LS/2LS and 1LT/2LT, the V8-powered 1SS/2SS and high-efficiency ZL1. Topping out the vary is the ultra-efficiency Z/28. The 1LS/2LS and Z/28 fashions are available solely as a hardtop coupe, while all different Camaro fashions are available as a coupe or convertible.
Customary gear on the entry-degree 1LS consists of 18-inch alloy wheels, computerized headlights, keyless entry, air-conditioning, manually adjustable front seats with power recline, cruise management, a manual tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth phone connectivity, OnStar and a six-speaker sound system with a CD participant, auxiliary audio input jack and satellite tv for pc radio. The 2LS provides an automated transmission.
The 1LT tacks on foglights, distant begin (automated transmission models solely), eight-approach power entrance seats, a 7-inch touchscreen with smartphone app integration (Chevy's "MyLink") and Bluetooth audio connectivity. In addition to an influence-operated mushy prime, all 1LT convertible versions additionally come customary with rear parking sensors and a rearview camera.
The 2LT consists of this stuff plus 19-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, auto-dimming rearview and driver's outside mirrors, further gauges, a head-up display, rear parking sensors and a rearview camera, leather upholstery, heated entrance seats and a 9-speaker Boston Acoustics audio system. Most equipment on the 2LT is elective on the 1LT, so the main distinction between these two trims is leather-based upholstery, which isn't obtainable on the 1LT.
The 1SS is provided similarly to the 1LT but adds a V8 engine, a limited-slip differential, 20-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension and a leather-based-wrapped steering wheel. The 2SS primarily combines the 1SS mannequin's efficiency bits with the 2LT's comfort and luxurious features. The 1LE Performance bundle available only on handbook transmission-geared up SS models contains racetrack-inspired hardware upgrades together with distinctive gearing, suspension tuning and tires.
The ZL1 is equipped equally to the 2SS but provides several performance upgrades within the type of a supercharged V8, Brembo brakes, adaptive magnetic suspension dampers, distinctive 20-inch wheels with performance summer season tires and retuned power steering. Exterior styling features include a useful carbon-fiber air extractor for the hood in addition to a singular rear spoiler and unique front and rear fascias. Inside the cabin you'll find simulated suede upholstery and a smaller, flat-bottomed steering wheel.
The RS bundle (accessible on all trims but the 1LS/2LS and ZL1) provides 20-inch wheels, a rear spoiler and xenon headlights. A sunroof is non-compulsory on all coupe models besides the LS, while quite a lot of exterior stripes and trim detailing can be found throughout the board. Recaro sport seats are available on SS and ZL1 coupe models.
A stripped-out, ultra-excessive-efficiency version of the Camaro, the new Z/28 weighs a claimed 300 kilos fewer than the ZL1 due to a variety of weight-saving measures, including reduced sound-deadening materials and the deletion of the air-conditioning system (don't fret, you will get it again as an option). The Z/28 Camaro comes with a bigger, more powerful V8 engine, particular light-weight 19-inch wheels, a particular race-oriented suspension, performance tires and carbon-ceramic brakes. The 2014 Chevy Camaro Z/28 is just offered with a six-velocity manual transmission. Xenon headlights and foglights aren't available and the automobile's minimalist stereo has just one speaker.
Powertrains and Efficiency
The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro LS and LT are powered by a 3.6-liter V6 that produces 323 hp and 278 pound-feet of torque. A six-velocity manual transmission is customary and a six-pace computerized is optional. EPA-estimated gasoline economic system is 20 mpg mixed (17 mpg city/28 mpg highway) with the handbook transmission. The automated transmission geared up on the 1LS, 1LT and 2LT returns an EPA-estimated 22 mpg combined, while the automatic transmission on the 2LS has a longer last-drive ratio and will get 21 mpg.
The Camaro SS has a 6.2-liter V8 that produces 426 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque with the standard six-speed handbook and 400 hp and 410 lb-ft with the six-pace automatic. With the handbook, the SS hits 60 mph in 4.eight seconds; EPA-estimated gasoline economy is 19 mpg mixed (16 mpg metropolis/24 mpg highway). The automated is simply slightly much less gasoline-environment friendly at 18 mpg combined.
The Camaro ZL1 boasts a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 with 580 hp and 556 lb-ft of torque. A six-pace guide transmission is standard, with a six-velocity automated optional. In Edmunds track testing, the ZL1 accelerated from zero to 60 mph in a really quick 4.four seconds. Gas mileage estimates are sixteen mpg combined with the guide transmission and 14 mpg with the automatic.
The Camaro Z/28 will get a 7.0-liter V8 with an estimated 500 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. A six speed guide is the one transmission available.
Each 2014 Chevy Camaro comes standard with antilock disc brakes, traction and stability management, entrance-seat aspect airbags and full-length facet curtain airbags. Also commonplace is the OnStar telematics system, which includes automatic crash notification, on-demand roadside help, remote door unlocking, stolen car help and turn-by-flip navigation.
In authorities crash exams, the Camaro earned a high 5-star rating overall, with 5 stars for front crash protection and 5 stars for aspect-impact protection. In Edmunds brake testing, a Chevy Camaro SS with the 1LE came to a cease from 60 mph in 108 toes, whereas a ZL1 Convertible did it in 107 feet. Each are glorious distances, however keep in mind that each of these take a look at vehicles had summer season performance tires. Camaros with all-season tires doubtless will not cease as short.
Interior Design and Special Features
Previous-faculty pony cars weren't identified for his or her jazzy interiors, but the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro makes a clear break with that tradition. Performed up with numerous retro touches like sq. bezels around the gauges, the general effect is stylish despite the use of slightly too much onerous plastic. Outward visibility, although, is hampered by thick roof pillars and a low roof line, and you may want to be sure you can stay with this facet of Chevy Camaro ownership during your take a look at-drive.
The Camaro's touchscreen show interface encompasses a clean layout and intuitive menu structure, and it allows management of smartphone radio apps, reminiscent of Pandora and Stitcher. Sadly, the interface can show irritating to make use of at times, as reactions to the touch inputs are often sluggish or missed entirely.
While the front seats are snug sufficient, the Camaro's rear seat is the smallest amongst its rivals. The trunk is equally tiny at just 11.three cubic ft, and that house cannot be expanded due to the absence of fold-down rear seatbacks. The smallish trunk opening also makes loading and unloading of bigger gadgets a frustrating experience.
The Camaro Convertible has 10.2 cubic toes of trunk capacity with the highest up and dips below 8 cubes with the top down. Though the convertible prime is energy-operated, it's a must to launch a guide latch in the cockpit to open it, and the protecting vinyl cowl for the highest must be secured from outside the car.
Regardless of which engine you choose, no one will ever accuse your 2014 Chevrolet Camaro of being slow. Shopping for a V6 Camaro is not the stigma it used to be. The V6 is responsive and revs freely, and the exhaust note is pleasingly sporty. Nonetheless, the V8 better matches the Camaro's tough man persona with its tire-shredding power and thundering sound. All of that goes double for the supercharged ZL1.
Driven around turns, the Camaro grips laborious and steers with precision. It isn't the best automotive to see out of, and there is a whole lot of weight to handle, but by and enormous the Camaro is fairly gifted on twisty roads. The world-class ZL1, nonetheless, is in another league entirely. Not only does it deliver acceleration on par with exotic supercars costing many thousands extra, however its adaptive suspension and upgraded Brembo brakes make it equally well-mannered on the racetrack and your daily commute.
We've not driven the 2014 Chevy Camaro Z/28 yet, however expectations are high for its dominance on the track.