What's New for 2014:
- Design changes for all variants
- Camaro SS adds functional hood heat extractor
- Camaro Z/28 returns to lineup
- Optional Recaro sport seats
The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro is a 2-door, 4-passenger, rear-wheel-drive car that competes directly against the Dodge Challenger, Ford Mustang, and Hyundai Genesis Coupe. It is sold as a coupe or a convertible.
Models and Features
For the 2014 model year, the Camaro is offered in LS, LT, SS, Z/28, and ZL1 trim levels. The LS and Z/28 variants are offered only as a coupe, while other versions can be had as either a coupe or a convertible.
Standard equipment highlights for the Camaro LS include air conditioning, power windows, power mirrors, power door locks with remote keyless entry, satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, cloth seats, and 18-inch wheels. A 6-month trial subscription to OnStar services is also standard, providing features including Automatic Crash Response, Crisis Assist, and Emergency Services.
The Camaro LT adds unique wheels, fog lights, USB port, 6-way power-adjustable front seats with upgraded Sport fabric, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and a Chevrolet MyLink color touch-screen infotainment system. Add the 2LT package, and the Camaro comes with 19-inch aluminum wheels, heated exterior mirrors, heated front seats, leather upholstery, auto-dimming rearview mirror, universal garage door opener, premium audio system, head-up display, reversing camera, rear park-assist sensors, and an auxiliary gauge pack.
The Camaro SS includes 20-inch aluminum wheels, a rear limited-slip differential, electric steering, and a performance-tuned suspension. Otherwise, the SS is equipped just like the Camaro LT and 2LT.
For 2014, the Camaro Z/28 returns to the lineup, designed specifically to get around a track as quickly as possible, according to Chevrolet. As such, the Z/28 is stripped down to essentials to reduce weight--air conditioning is an option--and receives significant performance and cosmetic upgrades.
Enhancements for the Z/28 include the old Corvette Z06's 7.0-liter V-8 engine, heavy-duty 6-speed manual transmission with a helical rear limited-slip differential, racing-inspired suspension, carbon ceramic brakes, performance cooling systems, dual-mode exhaust system, and a Performance Traction Management system. Lightweight forged aluminum wheels and performance tires are also included with the Z/28, as well as a functional aerodynamics package, flat-bottom steering wheel, and Recaro performance seats with cutouts for a 5-point racing harness.
The Camaro ZL1 resides atop the lineup. It gets a supercharged V-8 engine from the old Corvette ZR1, as well as a number of other performance enhancements over the Camaro SS. This is a well-equipped version of the Camaro, offered with just a handful of optional upgrades.
Options and Packages
The Camaro ZL1 can be upgraded with an automatic transmission, power sunroof (Coupe only), navigation system, remote engine starting, and a Sueded Microfiber package for the interior. Everything else is standard.
The Camaro LT and SS can be optioned with an RS package that adds 20-inch aluminum wheels, upgraded headlights with LED halo rings, and additional body-color trim. A Rear Vision package adds a reversing camera and rear park-assist sensors. Additional upgrades include a dual-mode exhaust system, power sunroof (Coupe only), premium audio system, and a navigation system.
More options are available for the Camaro, including a variety of exterior appearance upgrades, interior enhancements, and other accessories that are installed by a dealer. In fact, dealer accessories are nearly the only options offered for a Camaro LS.
Under the Hood
The 2014 Camaro LS and LT trim levels have a 3.6-liter V-6 engine generating 323 horsepower at 6,800 rpm and 278 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,800 rpm. A 6-speed manual gearbox is standard, with a 6-speed automatic transmission optional.
The Camaro SS is equipped with a 6.2-liter V-8 engine. With a manual transmission, it generates 426 horsepower at 5,900 rpm and 420 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,600 rpm. With an automatic, it produces 400 horsepower at 5,900 rpm and 410 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,300 rpm. Active Fuel Management is also included with the automatic, allowing the Camaro SS to operate on half of its engine cylinders under certain driving conditions in order to conserve fuel.
The new Camaro Z/28 has a 7.0-liter V-8 engine, most recently employed in the outgoing 2013 Corvette 427 and Z06 models. In the Z/28, the engine develops 500 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque. A 6-speed manual gearbox is the only transmission choice.
A supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 engine is found under the hood of the Camaro ZL1, delivering 580 horsepower and 556 lb.-ft. of torque. A de-tuned version of the engine that was installed in the outgoing Corvette ZR1, this V-8 gets the Camaro ZL1 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, according to Chevrolet. That's just a tick slower than the redesigned 2014 Corvette.
As this overview is written, official fuel-economy estimates for the 2014 Camaro are not available from the EPA.
Safety Ratings and Technology
As this overview is written, official crash-test ratings for the 2014 Camaro are not available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).