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?
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.
If you're solely interested in cars for their convenience features and creature comforts, you can stop reading now. The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, debuting this week at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, cuts weight like a high school wrestler before a big meet, eschewing stuff like fog lights, stereo speakers and standard air conditioning — all in the name of maximizing track performance. And let's face it: You don't choose a Z/28 for backseat legroom.
It's that 7.0-liter V-8's 500 horsepower and 470 pounds-feet of torque that curries favor with the muscle-car faithful, though Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays suggest Z/28 fans might be put off by questionably redesigned taillights, which he likens to those found on a late-'90s Honda Prelude. Check out the video below and see for yourself.
The 2014 model represents the most significant change for the fifth-generation Camaro, according to the automaker. Few details are known about the new Camaro, but check back in the coming days for full coverage leading up to and during the New York auto show.
The Camaro SS completes a trifecta of GM performance vehicles on display next week in New York, joining the 2014 Corvette Stingray convertible and Chevrolet SS sedan.
The 1LE package adds performance upgrades to the already track-ready Camaro SS. Most obvious is its matte black hood, matching spoiler and 20-inch wheels. In terms of powertrain, the 426-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 engine carries over from the SS but the 1LE adds a new short-throw shifter for the six-speed manual. Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder flung it around the track at the Roebling Road Raceway just outside of Savannah, Ga.
The Blackhawks Camaro convertible sports a familiar two-tone paint job. A unique exterior element is the custom metal grille that's lined with mini cutouts of the Blackhawk logo. The team logo also appears on top of the car's hood scoop. More badging appears on both bow-tie emblems, front and back, and large, 22-inch chrome wheels finish off this special Camaro's aggressive stance.
On the inside, you'll notice the Katzkin custom leather trim with the team's famous logo embroidered into both front seatbacks. Even the Camaro SS' gearshift features a light-up hockey puck as the knob.
The only way to own this custom car is to win it in a raffle during this year's auto show public days at Chicago's McCormick Place between Saturday and Feb. 18. Check out the gallery below.
Arnold Schwarzenegger muscled his way back into big-screen action last weekend with "The Last Stand," but the real muscle came compliments of the 2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, for which the film essentially serves as a 90-minute commercial.
The 2013 ZR1 that appears in the movie may just make moviegoers momentarily forget the 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray that stole the show last week at Detroit's North American International Auto Show. The ZR1 serves as the getaway car of choice for the film's villain, an escaped drug-cartel kingpin (played by Eduardo Noriega) who's making a furious run for the border; but to do so he must first get past Schwarzenegger's remote-desert-town sheriff.
In real life, the high-performance sports coupe's 638-horsepower, supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 is good for a top speed of 205 mph. The ZR1 in the film, however, is referred to by characters as "modified" and able to reach 250 mph.
The car performs numerous spectacular feats throughout the movie, including speeding agilely through a police barricade, outrunning a pursuing helicopter and destroying a law-enforcement SUV convoy by, in part, using itself as a ramp to launch one of the vehicles to its demise. That's in addition to a climactic, Chevy-heavy cornfield showdown between the 'Vette and Schwarznegger's Chevy Camaro ZL1.
If the stingray's stinger could deliver the viper's venom, could it become the most formidable fish in the sea? Chevrolet hopes to take that analogy to the high-performance sports car segment with the all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray, whose design cues from fellow American icon the SRT Viper are apparent.
The 2014 Corvette Stingray, bowing this week at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, boasts Viper-like exposed headlights and a gaping lower grille. But with features like defined rocker creases and shoulder lines, this Stingray-badged Corvette tempers the hulking appearance of the Viper. Still, the Stingray retains enough classic Corvette flavor to satisfy the faithful while tempting higher-end enthusiasts.
One of the most iconic American cars will actually be made in America again. GM announced today that production of the next-gen Camaro will move from Canada to the Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant in Lansing, Mich. The pony car was last made in the U.S. in 1992.
The Camaro, Buick Regal and Cadillac XTS are currently made at GM’s Oshawa Assembly facility in Ontario, Canada; the redesigned-for-2014 Impala also will be made there. When production moves to Lansing, the Camaro will share the line with GM's other rear-wheel-drive cars: the Cadillac CTS and ATS.
"Lower capital investment and improved production efficiencies were key factors in the business case," GM said in a statement.
Production of the current Camaro will continue in Oshawa until "the end of the current product cycle." The automaker would not comment on when we can expect a new Camaro, however.
Chevrolet is hoping to spark some interest in its new minicar when an electric version of the Spark makes its debut later this month at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.
So far, Chevy's smallest car has been a sales success. "Building on that success, the plug-in electric version of the Spark EV will offer consumers the same package that has made the gasoline-powered model so popular while delivering the technology and performance of pure electric power," the automaker said in a statement.
In addition to the Spark EV, other Chevrolet vehicles expected to be on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show, which runs Nov. 30 through Dec. 9 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, include the new Impala, Malibu Turbo midsize sedan, Sonic RS compact car, Traverse crossover and Camaro Hot Wheels Edition.
Some model-year 2013 updates mean Chevrolet's muscle car is finally ready to compete with Ford's 2013 Mustang, according to Cars.com Managing Editor David Thomas. The addition of the MyLink multimedia and navigation system along with a new track-ready 1LE Package for the SS makes the Camaro ready to go head-to-head with Ford's pony car.