Much of the focus at this year's New York International Auto Show was on the newly introduced Z/28 trim level of the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro. While that track-capable model is a welcome addition to the family for enthusiasts, it doesn't hold much appeal to the average shopper trying to figure out if they should buy a new 2013 today or wait a few more months until the 2014s arrive at dealerships.
Surprisingly little has changed for 2014, but the small enhancements to the Camaro's front and rear alter the overall look substantially. Chevy worked on enhancing the car's aerodynamics by reshaping the front end. The upper grille is narrower while the lower grille is larger. But overall length, width and height all remain the same as before.
In back, the taillights are the most striking change; they go from a blocky design to one that is razor thin. These lights were the previous car's most talked about attribute because they were mimicked on other Chevy models.
The base V-6 engine and V-8 in the SS models carry over from 2013 as do all the transmission options, power ratings, etc. Trims remain the LS, LT, SS, SS 1LE and ZL1 with the same equipment as 2013.
The SS model gains a functional hood scoop for 2014 that is similar to the one used in the ZL1 from 2013.
The only other changes, according to Chevy, are a full-color driver information center for all models and an optional color head-up display.
Prices and a specific on-sale date haven't been announced, but we expect the starting price to stay close to the 2013's $24,245, including destination. Currently Chevy has incentives of $1,000 in cash back on LS, LT and SS models; the incentives expire on April 30.
Knowing how similar the two model years will be makes the decision on which one to buy pretty easy. Which one looks cooler to you? And if you said the 2014, is it that much cooler than some extra money in your pocket?
Update: Here is a list of changes from Chevrolet's official release we were just handed. All text verbatim from the automaker.
Rear spoiler no longer standard on ALL models:
Victory Red, Rally Yellow and Inferno Orange Metallic exterior colors discontinued for 2014
Quarter flares (LPO VRV) and Argent Ground Effects Package (LPO VTD) discontinued for 2014
18-inch painted aluminum wheels (LPO SGE) now standard on LS models and 18-inch steel wheels no longer available for 2014
21-inch 5-spoke polished wheels (LPO SER) and 21-inch machined aluminum wheels (LPO 5W5) with Silver accents discontinued for 2014
Hot Wheels® Special Edition and Kinetic Blue Metallic exterior discontinued for 2014
Mojave Interior Accent Trim Package discontinued for 2014
Hockey Stripe Packages and Hood and Hockey Stripe Packages discontinued for 2014