Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Cars That Miss The Point, Part II

Here's a perfect example right here...

2014 Chevy Camaro Z/28 priced At $75,000
The all-new 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 has been priced at $75,000, including a $995 destination charge and gas guzzler tax, making it one of the most expensive cars ever offered by the bowtie brand. The asking price is certainly quite the leap over the more powerful Camaro ZL1’s $55k sticker, but the Camaro Z/28 comes fully equipped and features some of the best performance items money can buy.
$20K more expensive than the next (more powerful) option. Air conditioning is an extra. And it's a whopping $24K more than the Corvette. $7K more than the top-of-the-line Corvette convertible, even. Given that the Corvette is supposed to be the flagship sports car for General Motors, this totally misses the point of the Camaro.

Sure, it looks sweet:

And I'm sure that it offers a lot of performance for the money. But the fact is that the Camaro was always intended to be second to the Corvette - especially the top end 'Vette. Having the flagship priced less than the traditionally lower-priced model debases the flagship - why even bother with the Corvette when the Camaro costs more?

And it doesn't even have a T-roof!

That is all.


Larry said...

Why bother with the Camaro at all when the Shelby Mustang is 55K...

Ted said...

Back in the late 60's the original z-28 option code was for the trans-am body in white homulgation special so Donahue / Penske could race "cheater" versions of what was supposed to be a production line car. But the secret was exposed and Chevy was forced to offer the "watered down version to the general public which bought them by the thousands.

This new version is a track day toy and priced accordingly. The carbon ceramic breaks are the most expensive piece. ( and you aren't really suposed to add the a/c option )

Cargosquid said...

No T-top?

Not a Camaro. Just something that looks like one.

And until Top Gear drives one....why would you want to spend that much money?

Anonymous said...

My understand from the pedal heads is the Camaro is straight line car only, the handling sucks.
It can't come close to the performance of the new Stingray.

Too bad as I had a 70 and 78 Camaros and still have a sweet spot for them.


Old NFO said...

Ted is correct, and this car IS designed as a track car. The current racing Cameros are holding their own in class with the strip downs being done by the racers. This is the homulgation version of what Ford did with the Mustang Rs (which are $60K plus IF you can find one).

EricN said...

Gee that 200HP Caterham 7 is looking better and better!