High-performance cars and value-for-dollar are typically about as compatible as privacy and social networking. Fortunately, the Chevrolet Camaro SS proves that automotive excitement and financial pragmatism can indeed walk hand in hand. Holding about a $2,000 advantage over the Mustang GT when it comes to 5-year ownership costs, the Chevy Camaro SS is among the rare breed of performance cars that lets you burn rubber without burning down your life savings.
At the heart of the Camaro SS is a 426-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 paired with a 6-speed manual transmission. Complementing this potent powertrain are standard performance goodies like a limited-slip differential, Brembo brakes and sport-tuned suspension. There's also an available 1LE package that transforms the Camaro SS into a bona fide weekend track weapon.
For the 2014 model year, the Camaro lineup sees a modest cosmetic refresh in the form of revised front and rear fascias, redesigned taillights and reshaped exhaust tips. And while muscle cars are rarely known for their technological talents, the Camaro SS can be equipped with Chevrolet's revered MyLink infotainment system, which provides access to such connected services as Pandora and Stitcher Internet radio.
There was a time, not long ago, when 400-plus-horsepower performance cars were priced out of reach for all but the well-to-do. Today, you can pick up a 426-horsepower 2014 Chevrolet Camaro SS for right around $34,000. Oh, how times have changed.
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