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Old 04-06-2012, 02:01 PM   #201
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I've still got "permagrin" plastered across my face
as I type this - OMG what a car!!!

I'm not very savy when it comes to describing performance
and handling, but here's what I can tell you. When I came
off the entrance ramp and hit 3 digits of speed faster than
I could imagine and felt like there was soooo much more......
well, that's when "ultragrin" set in. There was very little
sense that I was driving that fast except for the very very
slow cars that were also on the freeway Those great big
fat sticky tires sure make it feel nice and stable. I'm sure
there's lots of other engineering marvels that made it feel
that way. I'll also say I think I'm going to be very happy
that I bought the Auto Trans. The manual trans may have
gotten me into alot of trouble

This car is spectacular!! Given the opportunity to drive one,
do so, you certainly won't be disappointed. Now I've got to
find the time for my co-workers and Camaro club members
to take her for a spin --- supervised of course
Thanks for the feedback! I would be scared to let anyone test drive it. You now know it's a beast. I would set up some rules if I were you: don't push the pedal more than 1" at a time, when you're in 1st and 2nd gear and don't floor it in 3rd if you're not on perfect pavement with warm tires, don't set ip up higher than Mode 2 (standard setting). Also, make sure you have life insurance!

Now I need to find a way to by-pass my friends which will want to drive mine....
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Old 04-06-2012, 02:03 PM   #202
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Old 04-06-2012, 02:38 PM   #203
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Congrats man. I saw this driving home about 500 feet from my house and almost had a heart attack it was so beautiful.
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Old 04-06-2012, 02:44 PM   #204
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Thank you!

For those who are curious or care: Average MPG = 11. Don't tell the tree huggers....
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Old 04-06-2012, 02:45 PM   #205
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+1. A little heat will go along ways with those tires.
Welcome to C5, Nice Shelby you have there, I lol'ed at your description under your Avatar Name Hopefully you will have a pleasant visit while your here
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Old 04-06-2012, 02:53 PM   #206
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For those who are curious or care: Average MPG = 11. Don't tell the tree huggers....
That doesn't sound too bad considering you've been pedal to the floor the whole time!
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Old 04-06-2012, 05:54 PM   #207
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Welcome to C5, Nice Shelby you have there, I lol'ed at your description under your Avatar Name Hopefully you will have a pleasant visit while your here
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Old 04-06-2012, 06:56 PM   #208
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Another discovery: if you accelerate a bit harder (not flooring it - you don't have to and I never did), it spins the wheels in second and sometimes in third gear (even in level2 - sport). If you're in second it's a bit scary- it wags the tail - controllable, unless you're turning. My new rule is to only accelerate harder in third gear, and even then, not in corners as it will get away from under you.

I also discovered the sound system this morning. It is awesome: crisp, powerful sound, easy to navigate menus. Best of all -in this case, it covers the exhaust so that my daughter doesn't say the car is too loud. You got to learn how to trick them...

In any case, when I'm alone I prefer to listen to the awesome exhaust sound.
Man, what's the temp there? Must be cold if the tires are spinning in 3rd.
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Old 04-06-2012, 07:04 PM   #209
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I've still got "permagrin" plastered across my face
as I type this - OMG what a car!!!

I'm not very savy when it comes to describing performance
and handling, but here's what I can tell you. When I came
off the entrance ramp and hit 3 digits of speed faster than
I could imagine and felt like there was soooo much more......
well, that's when "ultragrin" set in. There was very little
sense that I was driving that fast except for the very very
slow cars that were also on the freeway Those great big
fat sticky tires sure make it feel nice and stable. I'm sure
there's lots of other engineering marvels that made it feel
that way. I'll also say I think I'm going to be very happy
that I bought the Auto Trans. The manual trans may have
gotten me into alot of trouble


This car is spectacular!! Given the opportunity to drive one,
do so, you certainly won't be disappointed. Now I've got to
find the time for my co-workers and Camaro club members
to take her for a spin --- supervised of course
BTW, those 'slow' cars were probably doing 60-70mph, but they looked like they were standing still.
I wish I had taken my camera out and snapped a shot of her face.
That grin went from ear to ear and beyond.

All she could do was to keep yelling at everybody to 'GET OUT OF MY WAY'
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Old 04-06-2012, 07:25 PM   #210
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Old 04-06-2012, 07:47 PM   #211
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You weren't by any chance at the 5 guys near tri-c in Bedford hts for lunch today?

Went there today for lunch and saw a red zl1. Amazing car in person

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For those who are curious or care: Average MPG = 11. Don't tell the tree huggers....
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Old 04-06-2012, 07:54 PM   #212
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Yeah I posted about the mileage.I must say thats disappointing....
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Old 04-06-2012, 08:05 PM   #213
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11? Only 11? So that's halfway between 5 and 17. I want to know if you can "squeeze" 20 out of that brute and by any chance if the "mode" you are in while soft peddling it makes a difference at 65mph. IE, 65 mph in mode 1 vs 65 mph in mode 5. Maybe mode 5 lets it roll easier? I'm not too technical, but you get my drift! The electronic controls (modes) must have some impact on cruising MPG. Any GM engineers might have some insight on that?

EDIT: MORE MORE MORE MORE!!! WE WANT MORE STORIES!!
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Old 04-06-2012, 08:06 PM   #214
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Please be careful when the tires are cold: they have little to no grip.

I still love it and I'm just amazed how perfect everything is. Usually you get something bad in a car: steering, brakes, engine, suspension...etc. The ZL1 has everything right - unbelievable.

I got a 0.99g today, with warmer tires. It's just so cold in Cleveland these days...

I took two colleagues for a ride and one needed to go pee as soon as we got back. That's all I can say. I checked the seat - It wasn't wet.

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Old 04-06-2012, 08:10 PM   #215
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Thank you!

For those who are curious or care: Average MPG = 11. Don't tell the tree huggers....
Well if that's all the mpg this car gets I don't want it...

Very nice write up, and the Z is simply AWESOME looking!
Now you need a drain in your drive-way...
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Old 04-06-2012, 08:32 PM   #216
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You weren't by any chance at the 5 guys near tri-c in Bedford hts for lunch today?

Went there today for lunch and saw a red zl1. Amazing car in person

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Old 04-06-2012, 09:17 PM   #217
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Old 04-06-2012, 09:49 PM   #218
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Old 04-06-2012, 11:04 PM   #219
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Old 04-07-2012, 09:17 AM   #220
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Very nice car. Mine was the dirty silver w black stripes camaro parked a few spaces away.


Seriously considering trading mine in on a 2013 zl1


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11? Only 11? So that's halfway between 5 and 17. I want to know if you can "squeeze" 20 out of that brute and by any chance if the "mode" you are in while soft peddling it makes a difference at 65mph. IE, 65 mph in mode 1 vs 65 mph in mode 5. Maybe mode 5 lets it roll easier? I'm not too technical, but you get my drift! The electronic controls (modes) must have some impact on cruising MPG. Any GM engineers might have some insight on that?

EDIT: MORE MORE MORE MORE!!! WE WANT MORE STORIES!!
Why would you think the PTM mode would have any effect on MPG? Could you get 20 mpg, maybe, if you set the cruise on 55mph and drive on a perfectly flat road or slightly down hill. If you are looking to hyper-mile the Z1, you might be buying the wrong vehicle. Maybe the base is more for you.
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Old 04-07-2012, 02:22 PM   #222
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So if you just took off and the temp outside is about 50-55F and you're in 2nd at 1/3 of the throttle, going 25 at maybe 2000rpm and you push the pedal 2/3 of the way, you will have a tire spin in Mode 2. It's a monster...

My wife drove it yesterday and just said she likes it. I think she was a bit scared to be excited...

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11? Only 11? So that's halfway between 5 and 17. I want to know if you can "squeeze" 20 out of that brute and by any chance if the "mode" you are in while soft peddling it makes a difference at 65mph. IE, 65 mph in mode 1 vs 65 mph in mode 5. Maybe mode 5 lets it roll easier? I'm not too technical, but you get my drift! The electronic controls (modes) must have some impact on cruising MPG. Any GM engineers might have some insight on that?

EDIT: MORE MORE MORE MORE!!! WE WANT MORE STORIES!!
PTM, like the rest of the traction control systems - doesn't do anything unless it predicts the vehicle will lose control. Cruising at 55-65 on the highway doesn't fit those parameters.

The BIGGEST factor in fuel economy, for any car, is how you drive it.

In various settings, for about 30 miles or so around many corners and stop lights, averaging maybe 30mph...I was able to achieve 19.5 mpg at VIR. But that car had over 600 miles on it.

With a highway rating of 19 - I'm positive under the right conditions you can squeeze 20 out of it. But like tooslow said...fuel economy isn't exactly one of the "highlights" of the car....
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