Everyone expected that the debut of the new Cadillac ELR and the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette would allow General Motors to draw the lion’s share of attention at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show and with another high performance Chevy paired with a new Caddy – GM has also proven to be the crew to beat at the 2013 New York International Auto Show.
Leading up to this weekend’s launch of the 2013 New York Auto Show, we knew that General Motors would roll out the all new 2014 Cadillac CTS and we also knew that the company would bring out the refreshed 2014 Chevrolet Camaro. The CTS has long been Cadillac’s bestselling vehicle so the new midsized luxury sedan plays a major role in the brand’s continued growth while the refreshed Chevrolet Camaro will help GM gun for a 4th straight muscle car sales title. Two big debuts of two very important vehicles for GM would lead many to believe that the company was going to draw some major attention but rather than just showing off the sleek new CTS and a 2014 Camaro with a slightly revised exterior – the General dropped a high performance bomb on the auto show crowd with the surprise debut of the new 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 and the introduction of the new CTS Vsport.
Now, we shouldn’t suggest that General Motors stole the show in New York simply because of the new Camaro Z/28 and the CTS Vsport package. The 2014 Cadillac CTS is vastly refined inside, outside and under the hood with revisions and additions that will likely help it to compete with the very best that the midsized luxury sedan segment has to offer. The sharpened, aggressive exterior combined with the more luxurious interior will allow the 2014 CTS to comfortably compare with the likes of BMW, Mercedes Benz, Lexus and Audi while the new twin turbocharged V6 engine will give the standard CTS a fiercer bite than ever before (not including the CTS-V, of course). Add to that 420 horsepower twin turbo V6 a refined suspension system featuring the Magnetic Selective Ride Control system coupled with a high performance braking setup and you have the new 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport – a package that will satiate those go-fast Caddy buyers who want an exhilarating drive until the new CTS-V arrives.
As for the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro, we knew that it would debut at the 2013 New York Auto Show with a lightly refreshed look but when GM opted to reveal the 2014 Camaro SS on a daytime talk show, it left many of us wondering why they wouldn’t reserve a big debut for the bright lights of an international auto show. Turns out that the refreshed exterior of the 2014 Camaro was not the biggest news for the Chevy brand as when the company rolled out the 2014 model year Camaro in the Big Apple – it was the Z/28 badging that was the big news. Powered by the same 427 cubic inch LS7 V8 from the Corvette Z06, the 2014 Z/28 was introduced as the most track capable Camaro ever…and that includes the current Camaro ZL1. While the ZL1 packs bigger power from the supercharged LSA V8, the naturally aspirated Camaro Z/28 cuts weight in order to outgun the ZL1. GM has cut weight everywhere that they can in the Z/28 so you wont find power seats, a high tech infotainment system or even carpeting in the trunk but you will find a track tuned suspension system, a competition proved braking package and an aerodynamic kit that allows the Z/28 to beat the ZL1 around your average road course even though the new Z/28 will likely have somewhere in the area of 80 less horsepower.
While the majority of the people attending the 2013 New York Auto Show this weekend are far more likely to buy a 2014 Cadillac CTS or a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro SS, the reincarnation of the Camaro Z/28 name along with the new high performance CTS Vsport package proved to be the biggest newsmakers in the Big Apple. Add to those debuts the American auto show debut of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible and the 2014 Chevrolet SS performance sedan…and you have yet another American auto show that is dominated by both high performance and high luxury General Motors vehicles.