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Old 04-13-2012, 10:04 PM   #290
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Driving impressions was the OP's question. Here it goes. I had a bewildering case of glazed over eyes taking possession of my ZL1 at the dealership. Like it was Christmas, all major Holidays, my wedding day, my kids birth's...you name it, all rolled up into one. It was surealistic. Driving the car home I felt like the car was driven from Pocono International Raceway and left at the dealership. Wheres the helmet I thought. I turned the steering wheel sharply side to side at 50 MPH and the only feeling I had other than my hand turning the wheel was that my eyes saw the road move from right to left and back and forth. Amazing. The power, stance, look, sound, and feel and are light years beyond anything one has ever experienced from the factory. And that's with obeying all speed limits and laws just on the drive home under heavy traffic conditions. This isn't just a car, it's an entity. I can't wait to break it in under factory recommendations and open it up.
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Old 04-14-2012, 08:30 PM   #291
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I wanted to drive the car today but didn't have enough time. I backed it out of the shop, took some pics, and read a bit of the manual. I couldn't figure out the footwell and cupholder lighting option, so I went online and guess where I found my answer. Camaro5! Here's the post http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showth...light=footwell After I got it going I took the wife out to show her. We sat in the car together for the first time. The seats are extremely comfortable. Everything about the car goes together like hand in glove. She commented how nice this car would be comfort wise to take a long trip with. I agree. The radio is outstanding. The first XM song was Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin, and then Man on the Moon by R.E.M. We sat in comfort and listened to the songs at high volume while checking out the cabin. This car is too much. Awesome.
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Old 04-14-2012, 10:37 PM   #292
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I wanted to drive the car today but didn't have enough time. I backed it out of the shop, took some pics, and read a bit of the manual. I couldn't figure out the footwell and cupholder lighting option, so I went online and guess where I found my answer. Camaro5! Here's the post http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showth...light=footwell After I got it going I took the wife out to show her. We sat in the car together for the first time. The seats are extremely comfortable. Everything about the car goes together like hand in glove. She commented how nice this car would be comfort wise to take a long trip with. I agree. The radio is outstanding. The first XM song was Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin, and then Man on the Moon by R.E.M. We sat in comfort and listened to the songs at high volume while checking out the cabin. This car is too much. Awesome.
listening to you describe your joy almost brings a tear to my eye... for real! My car was delivered yesterday, but im working till thursday morning and the wait is killing me! I'm having dreams about my car and what it is going to be like! I'll post my impression of it when I actually take delivery of the beast!
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Old 04-15-2012, 10:47 AM   #293
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listening to you describe your joy almost brings a tear to my eye... for real! My car was delivered yesterday, but im working till thursday morning and the wait is killing me! I'm having dreams about my car and what it is going to be like! I'll post my impression of it when I actually take delivery of the beast!
Emotional roller coaster ride for me so far with out having really done much. It's a powerful entity. Thanks for your kind words, and I anticipate the joy and emotions that will be envoked in you when you get your Beast. Please let us know everything! I can't wait to hear your impressions. Only a few more days.....and then...a case of Kaotik Ultra Grin!
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Old 04-15-2012, 07:44 PM   #294
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Come on guys and gals with cars already, jump in on this thread! Let us know your observations, how you feel, and what your thoughts are! OK...took mine out for the first time today after being nagged by the thought I haven't had any time to do so and said to my wife and son let's go. The car is a challenge due to low ground clearance getting in and out of driveways. If you are careful, it won't be an issue. If it is they make rubber driveway ramps readily available on the internet. I pulled mine out at a 45 degree angle and had no clearance problem. May I say first off this car is as comfortable, quiet, and smooth inside the cabin as you will find in a higher class priced touring car. Even at speed in excess of what's allowable it is so quiet and smooth you don't feel anything except for the engine, drivetrain, and exhaust confidently doing it's work in the background. It lets you know it's there, but not in an obtrusive way. I kept it under 4 grand as recommended, and put mostly interstate miles on it. The car effortlessly reaches any speed you wish and marches through MPH increments like a second hand on a watch. We reached a point where we turned off the radio because it was more enjoyable listening to car. Theres much more to this test drive but it will take a while to fully digest and give feedback on. I'm still all Ultra Grinned up. This car is amazing.

I would like to add this car has a regular three point factory belt harness. Under circumstances such as on or off ramps with high lateral loads, your body will shift in the seat and the car will hang in. I would suggest since this car can sustain G's as such GM should make a racing harness available. Also, be wary of the steering. It is positive. High speed manuevers take little to no effort. Very little travel on the steeing at speed accomplishes alot with the directional travel. Get used to the car. Brake it in slowly. Get accustomed to it. Also, the car retains much heat after riding it hard and putting it away wet. Take into consideration how and where you store the car after use.
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Old 04-16-2012, 08:51 AM   #295
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Great writeup OldScoolCamaro and congrats on your new Beast! Is yours automatic or stick? I would love to hear some driving impresions from an automatic ZL1 owner
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Old 04-16-2012, 08:53 AM   #296
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Come on guys! There are tons of you posting pictures, but there needs to be more of you posting your driving impressions! I know what it looks like! I don't know how it drives
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Old 04-16-2012, 09:14 AM   #297
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Are you just here to criticize...or maybe you have some helpful input.
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Old 04-16-2012, 10:29 AM   #298
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Took ownership of #455 CRT, manual, Sunroof, and Black ten spoke wheels Saturday 14 April 2012, the car was sitting in the show room for all to see. The first thing I noticed was the way the car stood, low and aggressive. I immediately check for the front spring spacers, and they were still installed, also checked for front bumper outer valance panels and they were not installed. The first time starting the beast up and hearing that rumble was a moment in time that can never be repeated. The customary drive to fill the tank up with gas I noticed how stiff the clutch was, it’s been a while since driving a manual and the first time driving something with this kind of power. I was absolutely amazed. I even stalled out several times because of the stiff clutch and engaging so close to the floor. It could be me but I noticed a little clank when engaging the clutch and shifting gears but only at low speeds and when it’s quiet. This car is turning heads and I noticed that by driving a ZL1 you kinda become a spokesman for Chevrolet. Pulled up on a Vert Camaro and gave a little rev but not to exceed the 4k break-in and he rev’d back and before long we were revving back and forth at a red light while everyone else looked on. Also had several GT500 turn heads and I’m not sure if it was in fear or admiration (probable both). Bottom line is I’m HAPPY, I don’t care for all the back and forth about ¼ mile times and 580hp vs. 650hp, I’m a true Camaro fan and as such a fan I promise to learn to fully benefit from all the ZL1 has to offer so I don’t shame other TRUE Camaro fans.

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Old 04-16-2012, 10:36 AM   #299
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Awesome old school makes me even more anxious to get my ZL1. I hope my dealer has some good news this Thursday and gets an allocation for me.
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Old 04-16-2012, 11:31 AM   #300
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All I can say about my new ZL1 is that everything seems very tight, the clutch, steering. Shifting (took a little getting used to). I seem to remember from my last clutch eons ago that it was a lift and shift. However i find the ZL1 shifts smoother with a little extra on the gas pedal. Does that maked sense to anyone,,,, It seems if I let up a little on the gas when I shift it gets a little clunky, but if I accelerate just a little bit extra it is very smooth. I have no issues seeing anything out of the windows, however adjust the side mirrors alot to get around that big fat a-- of hers. Tall cups in the center console don't bode very well for shifting,,,, I know trivial. The stitching on the shifter is giving me a blister on my right ring finger, Just have to remember to keep that finger higher up guess. Just fing beautiful to drive. Wife got challenged on the way to window tinting on Saturday by a mustang convertible, he came along side then slowed and went behind then up along the other side and gave the thumbs up and said beautiful ride. She was under strict guidance not to go over 4000rpms and stay in tour mode at all times,,,lol.
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Old 04-16-2012, 11:37 AM   #301
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All I can say about my new ZL1 is that everything seems very tight, the clutch, steering. Shifting (took a little getting used to). I seem to remember from my last clutch eons ago that it was a lift and shift. However i find the ZL1 shifts smoother with a little extra on the gas pedal. Does that maked sense to anyone,,,, It seems if I let up a little on the gas when I shift it gets a little clunky, but if I accelerate just a little bit extra it is very smooth. I have no issues seeing anything out of the windows, however adjust the side mirrors alot to get around that big fat a-- of hers. Tall cups in the center console don't bode very well for shifting,,,, I know trivial. The stitching on the shifter is giving me a blister on my right ring finger, Just have to remember to keep that finger higher up guess. Just fing beautiful to drive. Wife got challenged on the way to window tinting on Saturday by a mustang convertible, he came along side then slowed and went behind then up along the other side and gave the thumbs up and said beautiful ride. She was under strict guidance not to go over 4000rpms and stay in tour mode at all times,,,lol.
So basically, no lift shifting feels smoother than shifting normally?
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Old 04-16-2012, 12:04 PM   #302
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I'm actually starting to get scared of how powerful this car is. Not kidding. Cold tires are really bad news - it has to be treated like you're walking on ice or you might lose it. You can't really accelerate very strong until you're in third, unless you like to go sideways. Be careful not too accelerate too much even in third gear when you turn - it will go from under you. I have a manual - I believe it gives you the true feeling of a sports car. I can't wait for warmer weather = warm tires.
LOL! Nothing that GT500 owners haven't been going through for YEARS. Might want to invest in a good set of DR's. Don't worry - you'll get used to it and when you do, there will ALWAYS be a smile on your face. Enjoy your ride!
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Old 04-27-2012, 02:49 PM   #303
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So I experienced the first ride on wet / light rain yesterday. It was in the 40's, the car was in standard mode - PTM2, I was going 2000rpm in 4th gear on a smooth road and guess what: I push the accelerator (not floor it) and it starts to fishtail.....WOW!!! I can't believe the power of this beast! I then put it in PTM1: wet and it really cuts down the power - it doesn't slip anymore. Very nice job!


Also, it looks like I've been riding with the spacers on for the first 200 miles - no wonder why it was so stiff and was even completely sliding in curves on rough pavement. Now it's like butter, especially on Tour mode. I love it. Thanks to fellow members for mentioning this issue! If I didn't check it myself, I could have been going like this at least until the next oil change - if the technician would have been awake.

I also took out the exhaust fuse - it sounds AWESOME, crackles when you lift, louder when you accelerate, probably a bit more power too, just a blast! However, I don't lik the dron on the highway so I ordered an Exhaust Commander. Can't wait for it!

Hope to see impressions from other people too!
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