Rooted in youthful infatuation, two old faves score sporty reboots. Which still gets your love?
For auto enthusiasts of a certain age, one of the muscle cars of the late '60s was often their first love - one they never quite got over. But take a look at the aging relics occasionally visible on the street, and you also know you can't go back. They may have looked good in their prime, but those days have long passed. It's better to go forward when you hark back.
That's just what GM pulls off with revivals of the Camaro Z/28 and the Corvette C7 Stingray, making the old new again by bringing back some classic monikers absent from the market for years - but with a major technology upgrade to enhance speed and performance. We give you a breakdown on how they compare.
2014 CAMARO Z/28
Power: Under the hood, an LS7 V-8 engine packed with an estimated 500-horsepower of get up and go outpaces those new Mustangs you've been seeing and provides more punch than the Stingray.
Styling: The name may remind you of summer nights at the drive-in, but the look exudes digital-cable crispness. Chevrolet takes off the pounds in not-so-obvious places - slightly smaller tires than speedsters in the same class, a nip at the stereo system, a tuck in the glass used - giving you a ride that weighs 300 pounds less than the automaker's ZL1 performance car.
Basics: This six-speed transmission comes only in manual. Chevy also makes A/C optional, meaning you can choose comfort or speed. Traditionalists will have no trouble with that one.
MSRP: Price not yet available
2014 CORVETTE STINGRAY
Power: The 455-horsepower engine revs up to a sizzling 6,000 rpm; 0 to 60 in just less than four seconds.
Styling: Is it just us or did the Chevy engineers see the last Batman movie before they started sketching? Chevy brought back the Stingray name but also wanted the design to say "new." Aggressive and sinewy, with the rear end bristling with multiple exhaust pipes and trapezoidal lights, this one grabs your attention from every angle.
Basics: Look to the frame of this car. All-aluminum makes for a lighter ride and some aggressive speeds. The carbon-fiber roof and hood also help. Choose manual or automatic.
MSRP: Starts at $51,995