Can't stop ***ifying
Drives: Ashen 2013 Gray ZL1
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Honolulu, HI
Originally Posted by lbls1
I've said it a couple of times that both the ZL1 and the Z/28 compromised the hertiage of their name plates on this 5h generation platform. Don't get me wrong; Both cars are awesome, and technically they do carry on the performance numbers of their forebearers.
However, to me it looks like one or two decisions about naming these 5th gen prototypes were made too hastily; In the case of both the zl1 and z28, it doesn't appear that we have as clear of a distinction between the models as it was with the original Z28 and ZL1. As an example; It was well known that the original ZL1 featured a 427 cu. inch big block, and was a naturally aspirated, straight-line street car (screamer), and that the Z/28 was a light weight, small block performance car that emphasized efficient power and good handling.
Fast forward to 2013: We have a ZL1 with a small block, supercharged engine, and with an emphasis on handling and technology. We also now have a Z/28 with a 427 cu. in. engine (albeit also a small block), with stripped amenities and also focusing on handling. To me, both cars do not have a clear grasp on the heritage of their forebearers that made the nameplates legendary. Its my opinion, but I feel that the images of both cars would've been clearer if one car would've been dedicated as a drag strip influenced car, while the other (z/28) would have had have a stricter focus on handling and also featuring a specific derived small block engine in the 300 cu. inch range. It seems that both 5th gens are trying to do it all at once, and it remains to be seen that either car could be a dominant player in their respective performance categories.
Did you know that the ZL1 has parts on it labeled Z28. They did have it right. Then hesitated.
1995 Trans-Am, 1995 Suzuki RF-600,
1989 Jetta GLI, 1993 Yamaha FZR600, 1985 honda Civic S,
1998 Grand Prix GP, 1997 Marauder 800, 2001 Yamaha YZF-R1, 2002 Yamaha YZF-R1, 1992 300ZX TTw/garrett td06 TT kit
, 2001 Yamaha R6,
1993 Corvette, 2005 Honda RC51,
2005 G35, 1998 Nissan Altima, 2003 Volvo S80 T6, 2005 Mustang GT, 2008 Lexus IS 350, 1980 corvette hotrod - still have,
1994 corvette, convertible 1997, BMW Z3, 2005 ZX-10R, 2006 Corvette Z06
, 2009 M3 DCT convertible, 2011 BMW 328i, 2003 Infiniti FX35 - still have, 2009 M3 DCT
, 2013 Camaro ZL1 - still have