Chevrolet Camaro Performance
Auto critics agree that the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro offers all the performance needed to live up to its iconic name. They write that even base V6 models offer ample power, and that despite its large size, the Camaro handles well. Still, some reviewers note that while the Camaro offers poised handling, its weight and limited outward visibility make the Camaro feel a bit more cumbersome than it should be.
- "Essentially, the Z/28 is a stripped-out, beefed-up, maximum-grade version of the Camaro that's happiest on a racetrack. But should all this seem like too much (whether in terms of specs or price), know that any Camaro is still going to be loads of fun. If the three available V8 engines are too much grunt for your needs, a 323-hp V6 is still available, and it gets respectable mileage, too." -- Edmunds
- "The Camaro still feels like a behemoth - that problem is deeply rooted in its squinty greenhouse and a curb weight we estimate at 3900 pounds - but the newfound eagerness scrubs away its greatest dynamic flaw." -- Car and Driver (2013 Camaro SS 1LE)
- "In any guise, Camaro is a capable performance car that's reasonably docile as a daily driver. The engines make great noises, and the ride is solid, even in the convertible." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
- "Unlike other convertibles, the Camaro didn't exhibit much body flex from the loss of its roof." -- Cars.com (2013 Camaro ZL1 Convertible)
Acceleration and Power
The base 2014 Camaro has a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 323 horsepower at 6,800 rpm and 278 pound-feet of torque at 4,800 rpm. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on the base 1LS model, while a six-speed automatic is available on 2LS and higher trims. The EPA reports that the 2014 Camaro gets up to 19/30 mpg city/highway, which is about average for a muscle car, but less than the fuel economy of rivals like the Mazda Miata and Scion FR-S.
Camaro SS models come with a 6.2-liter V8 engine. When equipped with a manual transmission, the Camaro SS’ V8 generates 426 horsepower at 5,900 rpm and 420 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm. Automatic models see a slight power drop, with 400 horsepower at 5,900 rpm and 410 pound-feet of torque at 4,300 rpm. The high-performance Camaro Z/28 comes with a 7.0-liter V8 engine that produces 505 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque, while the Camaro ZL1 carries a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that generates 580 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 556 pound-feet of torque at 4,200 rpm. Chevrolet says that the Camaro ZL1 will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds with a top speed of 184 mph.
Reviewers agree that the V6 models pack enough power to live up to their muscle car heritage, while Camaro SS and ZL1 models offer a tremendous level of power. Some test drivers note that while the Camaro SS doesn’t feel particularly quick off the line, it offers exhilarating passing power when accelerating at higher speeds.
- "Buying a V6 Camaro isn't the stigma it used to be. The V6 is responsive and revs freely, and the exhaust note is pleasingly sporty. Still, the V8 better fits the Camaro's tough guy persona with its tire-shredding power and thundering sound. All of that goes double for the supercharged ZL1." -- Edmunds
- "No Camaro is slow. With over 320 horsepower, even the basest of Camaro models has enough power to produce grin-inducing straight-line blasts. ... Our vote for the most well-rounded Camaro is the 426-horsepower SS model with the 6-speed manual (our gearbox of choice, as automatic transmissions feature an Active Fuel Management system that reduces horsepower count by 26)." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Chevy rates the SS Convertible at about 5.4 seconds for the sprint from 0 to 60 miles per hour, which seems right on. The truth is that the big V8 convertible feels slightly more sluggish than the power numbers would indicate when moving away from a standstill, but faster 'n hell when accelerating from speed up to much higher speeds." -- Autoblog
- "Even in base form, the Camaro is potent: power comes from a 3.6-liter V6 -- mated to either a six-speed automatic or manual transmission -- that produces 323 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque." -- Left Lane News
Handling and Braking
Most critics say that the 2014 Camaro delivers capable handling in spite of its large size, though few consider it the most nimble muscle car in the class. While reviewers praise the precise steering that all Camaro models offer, a few auto writers say that the Camaro’s weight and limited forward visibility can make it challenging to drive on a twisty road.
- "Driven around turns, the Camaro grips hard and steers with precision. It's not the easiest car to see out of, and there's a lot of weight to manage, but by and large the Camaro is pretty talented on twisty roads." -- Edmunds
- "With a girth of power channeled to the rear wheels, it's easy to point and shoot the Camaro. But attempting to toss nearly two tons of American muscle around a track is more about finesse than fun." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "It's stunning to me just how rigid Chevy engineers have made this convertible, which doesn't seem to give away one whit of flex to the coupe. The cowl shake that you remember from the fill-in-the-model-year-here F-Body convertible you rode in as a kid has been utterly banished." -- Autoblog
- "No Camaro can be described as nimble; they're a bit too large to earn that distinction. Still, this Chevrolet corners capably. It's more composed than the even larger Dodge Challenger, but not as much as the smaller Ford Mustang." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
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