There’s a lot to like about the 2014 Camaro, Chevrolet’s revitalized entry into the American Muscle Car market. For starters, it has a new face, with revised front and rear fascias — including new headlight and taillight designs — for a sleeker and faster look. There are interior changes as well, including new color readouts for the driver information center and available heads-up display.
Overall, the Camaro continues with a nice balance of style, performance and efficiency, which has helped put it at the top of the performance car market. The lineup includes coupe and convertible body styles with a variety of powertrain options. They are:
• LS and LT — coupe and convertible models, including the 2LS; powered by a 323-hp V-6 with an EPA-rated 30 mpg on the highway.
• SS — coupe and convertible, with a 6.2-liter V-8 delivering up to 426 hp; has a new vent-style hood.
• ZL1 — coupe and convertible, with a 580-hp supercharged V-8 engine.
• Z/28 — coupe only; all-new, trackcapable Camaro powered by a 7.0-liter engine rated at 500 hp.
All Camaro models can be equipped with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission with TapShift. The road racing-inspired Camaro 1LE performance package continues to be available, with unique gearing, suspension tuning and tires. A new rear spoiler has been added to this year’s package.
Also new on the Camaro for 2014 are optional Recaro performance front bucket seats for the SS coupe, daytime running lights with low-beam headlights, separate daytime driving lights with the RS package. And, 18- inch aluminum wheels replace the old stamped steel wheels on LT models; they’re also standard with the 1LS trim; 19-inch aluminum wheels are standard on 2LT; while 20- inch wheels are standard on SS and optional on LT models. The 1LE Performance Package includes wider 20-inch wheels.
On the inside, the interior is comfortable and there’s plenty of room for four, people. An ambient lighting package on 2LT and 2SS trims gives the interior a special glow with LED light pipe technology. Driver and passenger seats have six-way adjustable settings (fore/aft, up/down and tilt), with standard power recline front seats on LT and SS models. Heated, leather-trimmed seats are part of the 2LT and 2SS trim packages. There are even such convenience features included as a standard driver’s foot rest, power windows with express up/down, an auxiliary gauge panel in the center console — standard in 2LT and 2SS — and a ZL1-inspired shift knob for all manual transmissions.
And, for the audiophiles, complementing the new MyLink infotainment system is a six-speaker sound system on LS, 1LT and 1SS models, there’s a 245-watt, Boston Acoustic nine-speaker sounds system that is standard on 2LT and 2SS, and available on 1LT and 1SS. It will blow your socks off.
The starting MSRP on the 2014 Chevy Camaro Coupe is $23,555.
Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261, or by addressing email to LetsTalkCars@aol.com.