Chevrolet Camaro

Chevrolet Camaro

  The pony car wars are still in full force and the Chevrolet Camaro is on the forefront of every battle. The seasoned muscle car boasts a muscular exterior with sleek lines and a powerful engine mounted behind that familiar face. The rear-wheel drive Chevrolet Camaro is powered by a 3.6L V6 engine delivering 304hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, but the better choice is found in the 6.2L V8 engine cranking out 400/426hp and 410/420lb-ft of torque. These engines are mated to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is undoubtedly an awesome track-prepped machine, the ultimate fifth-generation Camaro if you will. But to my eyes, the 2014 model is no match to the original Z/28 , especially if we’re talking about a Trans Am-spec race car .

Chevy introduced the Z/28 option for the 1967 model year, promoting it as a "virtually race-ready" Camaro available at any U.S. dealer. Fitted with a 4.9-liter, small-block V-8 specifically designed to race in the Trans Am series, the Z/28 became a huge success by 1969, when it accounted for nearly 22 percent of total Camaro production of the year.

The Z/28 was off to a slow start in Trans Am, losing the 1967 championship to Ford and Mercury . However, the bowtie-badged muscle car went on to dominate the competition in both 1968 and 1969 with Mark Donohue behind the wheel. In two years, the Camaro Z/28 won 21 of 25 events, crushing Detroit rivals from Ford and its Mustang . The streak ended once the second-gen Camaro was introduced in 1970 and it took Chevy five more years to win another championship, this time with the Corvette .

Although the Camaro returned to the spotlight with seven Trans Am titles in the 1980s and 1990s, none of these vehicles managed to reach the fame of the first-gen Z/28s. Not at all surprising considering the stardom the first-gen Camaro so rightfully enjoys. There’s more than that, of course. The looks, the sound, and all the amazing things surrounding late 1960s racing. Most of us aren’t lucky enough to climb into one of those Trans Am beasts, but Motor Trend’s Jess Lang managed to hoon a 1969 Camaro Z/28 around the Laguna Seca . Hit the play button to find out why the first-gen Z/28 is one of the most enticing muscle cars ever built.

Although most of us agree that the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is awesome enough as it is, some tuning companies would rather slap their visual and output-increasing upgrades to the naturally aspirated muscle car. Renowned GM tuners Callaway Cars and Hennessey Performance have already done it with fantastic results, but it seems the list of shops looking to soup-up the Z/28’s 7.0-liter, V-8 engine up keeps getting bigger.

The latest company to join the pack is Geiger Cars, a German shop known for tuning American cars since 1979. Cadillacs, Chevys, Ford Ford s or Dodge Dodge s, you name it. Geiger Cars doesn’t care about Detroit’s silly wars. If its American, the tuner will modify it, and stuff extra ponies and torque under the hood. Although the Camaro Z/28 is already sold out for the year, Geiger managed to get its hands on the track-prepped muscle car to add some magic to that brilliant engine we all love to hear.

If you live in Europe and you were worried about not having a shot at buying a Z/28, then you’d better read on and get ready to pay the folks over at Geiger Cars a visit.

Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 By Geiger Cars.

Two simple facts: Hennessey is known for making crazy horsepower numbers by tuning already-powerful cars and many enthusiasts complain the new Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is underpowered. The solution: let Hennessey tune your 505-horsepower Camaro with some go-fast goodies to get an amazing 636 horsepower from the its 7.0-liter V-8.

This particular kit is called the Hennessey HPE600 and includes porting the heads, swapping in a more aggressive camshaft, upgrading the valvetrain components, bolting on stainless steel longtube headers, welding on high-flow catalytic converters, and flashing the Z/28’s computer for some extra power.

The result is an extra 131 horsepower, making the total count 636 horses at the crankshaft. The new parts help the naturally aspirated, 7.0-liter V-8 make 553 horsepower at the massive 305-series rear tires.

Hennessey explains the process wasn’t as simple as using the previous HPE600 kit from the old Corvette C6 Z06 toolbox. General Motors changed the LS7’s cylinder heads extensively between the two cars, so the Hennessey team had to reconfigure its porting process. On the flip-side, GM’s stock cold-air intake box on the Z/28 works well enough to be left alone.

As with every car Hennessey builds, a shakedown run is needed to ensure everything is ‘tight and right.’ In the video John Hennessey himself takes the Z/28 through its paces to see what the added power does. The Camaro’s super sticky Pirelli tires, performance suspension, and carbon-ceramic brakes all combine to make the it one of Chevy’s best-handling cars, but the added power allows the GM’s new track toy to keep up with the Camaro ZL1 and perhaps even nip the heels of Dodge’s new Challenger Hellcat .

It’s been a while since we last saw a Chevrolet Camaro get the aftermarket treatment. But like rain on a hot summer day, German tuner DD Customs dropped the details of its special tuning conversion for the American muscle car . Just like that, our thirsts were quenched.

The Hamburg-based aftermarket company received a special request from a customer; take his 2010 Camaro SS and give it a complete makeover. DD Customs accepted the challenge and went to work, giving the Camaro a comprehensive enhancement that should make its owner proud.

It’s admittedly not the most impressive Camaro program we’ve seen. But DD Customs did itself some good publicity with this program by showcasing its capabilities and producing an impressive piece of work.

Not too bad for a German-based tuner who has presumably worked on more German sports cars than American pony cars. If I owned this Camaro and this is how it turned out, I’d consider it money well-spent.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro SS By DD Customs.

For those of you who’ve been living with wolves since the beginning of 2014, the Camaro Z/28 is a little slice of heaven and hell rolled into one slab of rolling metal. It’s handling it out of this word, the braking system is supercar -like, and its 7.0-liter V-8 churns out 505 horses and emits a growl that may frighten young children and high-end sports cars. We have learned plenty about the 2014 Camaro Z/28 in the past few months, but not every tiny detail has been covered by press releases and other reviews online. That all changes with this new review from YouTube user Saabkyle04, who takes the time to dig into some of the more intricate details on the new Camaro track monster.

So often us media folks get a little bit blinded by the insane power, ostentatious luxury , or ridiculous handling of cars we review, and we overlook the little things. Saabkyle04 took the time to show us the finer details like the door panels, frameless rearview mirror, lightweight rear seat, Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel and seats, and much more.

He really dug deep to bring all of the Camaro Z/28’s key features to the surface and really give potential buyers information they need to know, while saving them a trip to the dealership.

2014 turned out to be a terrible year for General Motors as far as recalls go, and things aren’t likely to change very soon. With more than one million vehicles to worry about, GM is now facing another major recall, this time surrounding the current-generation Chevrolet Camaro . Not just the 2012 and 2013 model year ZL1s we reported about last week, which will have their defective superchargers replaced for free, but the entire 2010 through 2014 Camaro production line. Specifically, GM is recalling all current generation Camaros after discovering that the ignition key might move out of the "run" position if the driver bumps the key fob with his knee.

The issue may affect drivers sitting close to the steering column and could cause reduction or sudden loss of power. The condition was discovered during internal testing following GM’s huge ignition switch recall earlier this year and it is currently linked to three crashes that resulted in four minor injuries, the automaker explained in a press bulletin. However, GM stresses that this issue is unrelated to the one affecting the vehicles included in the ignition switch recall.

To fix the issue, GM will replace the current key, which is concealed in the fob and is opened by pushing a button, with one that features a standard design. The new design will make the ignition key and fob independent from each other so that any contact with the fob won’t affect the key’s position.

A total of 511,528 2010 through 2014 model year Chevrolet Camaros are affected by this recall, 464,712 of which have been sold in the United States. The remaining coupes and convertibles have been delivered to Canada and Mexico, and shipped overseas. There’s no info as to when this recall will begin, but GM will notify Camaro owners by mail as to when they can bring their vehicles into Chevrolet dealerships for repairs. The keys will be replaced at no cost to the owners, who will also receive courtesy transportation as needed.

Click past the jump to read more about GM’s Camaro recall.

Forget what they say, these are the glory days of muscle. Sure, carburetors and glass packs are out, but direct fuel injection, variable-flow exhaust pipes, and computers have revolutionized the way modern street and track fighters do battle. We’ve pitted three of the most purpose-built machines together to see not only which car would win on the track, but which car would be the easiest to live with on a daily basis.

The competitors all hail from the U.S. of A. and sport snarling engines making huge amounts of power, all sent to the rear wheels though a manual transmission. They’re brash and unapologetic, unforgivably fast, and diabolically cool. Though they’ve all got the performance creds, do they have what it takes to impress the missus enough for a purchase to occur?

Our three contenders are the SRT (now back to Dodge) Viper, the Chevrolet Corvette , and the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.

In order for this to be a fair fight, we’ve got to price these cars correctly. Starting with the Viper, its base MSRP is comes in at $102,485 — well over that of the Vette and Z/28 — but considering the hard time Dodge has had selling the sultry snake, there are dealer incentives to be had. According to a few price-checking websites, a 2014 base Viper can be had in the mid $90,000 range.

The Camaro Z/28, on the other hand, starts out at $73,300 — but that’s bare-bones stock without air conditioning. Another $1,150 makes the car livable in the summertime. Its total cost comes to $76,150 after destination and the gas-guzzler tax.

The Vette represents the bargain of the bunch, coming in at $70,985 in its top-line, 3LT trim fitted with the Z51 Performance Package, Magnetic Ride, Performance exhaust, and Competition Sport seats. It may be the highest equipped here, but will its least-powerful engine be able to keep up?

Click past the jump to find out.

If you’re one of those lucky people enjoying a Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 on a daily basis, then you’d better pick up the phone and call the GM recall hotline. The company has found an issue with the supercharger sitting atop the muscle car ’s 6.2-liter, V-8 engine and needs to check all models sold for the 2012 and 2013 model years.

The manufacturer says the defective superchargers may not perform as intended and, if left unrepaired, a contamination of the internal bearing shaft grease could cause the bearing to rattle when the engine is idling. In more extreme cases, the issue is known to cause bearing failure and severe damage to the point where the engine will no longer start.

The good news is that GM is replacing all affected superchargers at no charge to customers, a campaign that will cost the company $2,095 and additional labor hours per car. What’s more, General Motors is extending the warranty coverage on the 2012 and 2013 Camaro ZL1s to 10 years or 120,000 miles.

In addition to the aforementioned Chevys , GM is also recalling all 2009-2013 Cadillac CTS-V models, which are equipped with the same engine and blower as the ZL1. The affected Caddys benefit from the same no-cost supercharger fix and extended warranty.

So far, there is no official recall from the NHTSA, so it appears as if this is GM showing that it is on the ball following that ignition switch mess.

Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

Introduced in 1988 as a stock racing option inspired by Chevrolet ’s involvement in Pro-Am road racing , the 1LE Package has become an iconic feature among Camaro enthusiasts looking for more than just a fast daily driver. Rarely sold by the hundreds, the bundle moved onto the 2014 model year with new ZL1-sourced enhancements and neat powertrain upgrades.

Offered with the exclusive TR6060-MM6 six-speed manual transmission, the package is yet again available on the Camaro SS , placing it between the most powerful naturally aspirated model and the supercharged ZL1 missile. Things didn’t change for the 2015 model, but the 1LE remains the same attractive and affordable muscle car that sits below the more exclusive Camaro Z/28 .

So what makes the 1LE so special you may ask? Well, it may not be as fast or as track-focused as a Z/28, but it does come with a few unique exterior parts, Camaro ZL1 -sourced interior features and enough powertrain tweaks to make it the perfect car to drive to the office during the week and at your local track on a warm Sunday.

The current 1LE is about to enter its final year on the market, so it’s about time we have a closer a look at what it has to offer until a brand-new iteration comes out.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014-2015 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE.

Unlike the Ford Mustang , which has been produced continuously since its initial introduction in 1964, the Chevrolet Camaro took a seven-year-long break from 2003 through 2009. It took GM a couple of years to realize the importance of a muscle car in its lineup, but it finally launched the fifth-generation Camaro in 2010.

Underpinned by the Zeta platform developed by Holden , the new Camaro rolled out with a range of V-6 and V-8 engines, which was just enough to compete with its long-standing Detroit rivals — the Ford Mustang and the Dodge Challenger .

Mildly updated with each model year, the fifth-gen Camaro received its highly anticipated facelift in 2014, gaining new fascias, redesigned headlamps and taillights, and enhanced interior features. Despite the refreshed body is only going into its second model year in 2015, the sixth-generation model will step in to take center stage in 2016.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 - 2015 Chevrolet Camaro.


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