During the muscle car era, cars like the Camaro could be equipped in nearly infinite ways, from docile commuter to fire-breathing racer. In 2014, this is once again the case. Available as a coupe or convertible, the list of options is long, and the range-topping Z/28 is ready for serious competition on the track.
What's New for 2014
The Camaro's exterior receives some cosmetic tweaks, and the performance model -- the Z28 -- has been revamped for 2014.
Choosing Your Chevrolet Camaro
With prices that start at $23,555 and shoot to $75,000—that's right, seventy-five thousand dollars—there's a Camaro for every taste and budget.
An entry-level Camaro (1LS and 2LS) comes in one basic configuration: a six-cylinder coupe. While you will find features like Bluetooth and a six-speaker audio system, amenities are few. Don't assume the V6 delivers compromised performance, though. Its 323 horsepower rating is higher than most Camaro V8s produced since the end of the muscle era. The step to LT trim levels (1LT and 2LT) begins at $25,855 and adds a convertible body style to a buyer's options. Like the LS, an LT uses the V6 engine. The main difference is in a deeper list of standard features like a 7-inch touch screen, power front seats, a telematics system, and a USB connection on the LT1. A head-up display, turn-by-turn navigation and heated, leather-trimmed seats are standard on the LT2. All convertibles feature a standard backup camera. Performance starts to heat up with the SS, priced from $33,055, and its standard 426-horsepower 6.2-liter V8, Brembo brakes, and 20-inch wheels. Otherwise, the 1SS and 2SS mirror equipment levels on the V6 1LT and 2LT. The 1LE package -- available on 1SS and 2SS coupes -- features a track-oriented performance transmission. Performance—and price—get even more serious with the $55,055 ZL1 coupe and $60,255 ZL1 convertible. A supercharged variant of the 6.2-liter V8 churns out a breathtaking 580 horsepower. Chevrolet claims a 3.9-second dash to 60 mph, and we have no reason to doubt this. The ultimate Camaro is the track-ready Camaro Z/28. Priced at a stunning $75,000 -- $24,000 more than Corvette Stingray – this coupe-only offering has a six-speed manual transmission, aerodynamic package, flat-bottomed steering wheel, and standard Recaro seats with microfiber suede inserts as standard. Although pricey, there's high chance of collectability, and the Z/28 might make a good investment.
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We think the LT and SS models represent the best blend of everyday practicality and performance, but for certain enthusiasts nothing but the ZL1 or Z/28 will do.