2014 Chevrolet Camaro: Up Close

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With new front and rear styling, the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro is different up front, but I wouldn't necessarily say it's better or worse. Did Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter Chuck Liddell with his signature mohawk act as inspiration for the hood heat extractor?

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The rear styling is what stands out compared to the 2013. New taillights ditch the previous cheap chrome-trimmed quad taillights in favor of dual rectangular ones that better mimic a classic first-generation Camaro. Fans of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette can no longer complain it has Camaro taillights.

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The real winner, however, is the new 2014 Z/28. The Z/28 is an extreme track edition that cuts out 300 pounds of unnecessary weight and removes speakers, sound insulation and air conditioning, which is optional. The Z/28 on display wore a matte white exterior color and had black wheels that gave the car an especially menacing look.

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I'm not completely sold on the Z/28's aero enhancements with the awkward front splitter, massive bird-dish rear spoiler and side ground effects — maybe if they were a bare dull plastic or exposed carbon fiber. The gloss-black finish isn't particularly race-like, and that front splitter looks ripe for breaking over a driveway curb. But if it works and makes the car faster on the track then who really cares what it looks like.

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