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Old 04-21-2012, 05:42 PM   #1
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A Day With The SS

I have a buddy who is all about the corvettes. Well I let him take the SS for a day and he came back with a review on it. I figured I would post what he had to say about my 2012 Camaro 1SS/RS L99.




Pros
Throttle response
Brakes
Handling
Ride
Interior fit and finish
iPod integration
Exhaust sound
Attention getter
Cargo space

Cons
Size
Attention getter
Blind spots (not as bad as I expected)
Ergonomics (adjustable seat and telescoping steering wheel were nice, but it felt the door armrest and center console armrest were too low and far away. Yes, I'm picky)
Height and size of trunk opening

Impressions
You can get an a6 vette with 2.56 or 2.73 gears. The 3.27 gears in the camaro feel like how I imagine a "geared" vette would drive. Immediate and endless torque. On tap whenever you want it.

My biggest surprise would have to be how well it handled and, at the same time, absorbed imperfections in the road. Hats off to GM for pulling off this feat in a 3900 lb muscle car.

While in motion, the SS feels smaller and lighter than it is. At slower parking lot speeds, the car returns to its normal, larger than life, size. This is a big car, with big doors. Definitely need to plan ahead and be conscious every time you're going to open the door to avoid slamming it into another car. GM should have put massive door pulls so you can hold onto the doors better. *

When I first picked up the SS, it shifted very hard from first to second even during relaxed driving. I think this may have been due to the previous driving before the car was put away, as the car seemed to be adjusting and was shifting smoother when I took it back.

Overall, it was a very entertaining and fun experience to spend a day with the SS. With the combination of the aggressive styling, the loud exhaust, and the equally loud paint job, this car demands attention... All the time. I don't know if I would like this day in and out, which is why it is listed as a pro and a con. *The car has limitless potential, and it should be a fun journey to see how the car evolves with each new modification.

Now supercharge that bitch!
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Old 04-21-2012, 05:46 PM   #2
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Wow you are a trusting person. Good review...
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Old 04-21-2012, 05:47 PM   #3
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why does he have an attention getter as a con, that is definitely a pro and Corvettes definitely get a lot of attention.
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Old 04-21-2012, 05:50 PM   #4
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Wow you are a trusting person. Good review...
He is a great friend of mine. He has a lot of respect for his cars and it would be no different driving my car. However, my wife was pissed off cause she can't drive it. Hahaha.
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Old 04-21-2012, 05:53 PM   #5
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why does he have an attention getter as a con, that is definitely a pro and Corvettes definitely get a lot of attention.
He has it listed at both. He just isn't sure he would want it all the time. My car color is IOM.
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Old 04-21-2012, 06:44 PM   #6
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Lots of attention is standard with these cars! They get more looks than Vettes around here!
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Old 04-21-2012, 07:07 PM   #7
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I get some pretty hard stares up here in NH myself I like it personally.
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Old 04-21-2012, 07:27 PM   #8
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Don't get many stares...

except from the kids. I live in a community of very affluent people, many of whom are Dickwads, but that's another stoty. I bought in here 25 years ago, could not afford it today.
Anyway, most are clueless as to what I have. They have their Porsches, Mercedes, BMWs and the occasional Ferrari or Lambo and I suspect they think, "it's just a Chevy", assuming they think about it at all.
Enough rant
ps: Many of their kids, however, love it.
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Old 04-21-2012, 07:46 PM   #9
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I've owned mine almost 3 years and honestly the "new" hasn't worn off. On every other vehicle I've owned there has been a few things that I wish were different after about a year. On the Camaro.... I sometime wish it was lighter, but not at the expense of the solid feel I have driving it. Any other changes can be fixed with a resonable budget and the stunning looks are always a big plus!
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Old 04-21-2012, 07:59 PM   #10
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why does he have an attention getter as a con, that is definitely a pro and Corvettes definitely get a lot of attention.
cam, loud exhaust, rims. bring on the attention
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Old 04-21-2012, 09:13 PM   #11
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this would have helped .
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Old 04-21-2012, 09:33 PM   #12
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He has it listed at both. He just isn't sure he would want it all the time. My car color is IOM.
some days it does get old... I have to roll up my windows to pick my damn nose.

...oh and wait until you do a cam swap. That is attention.
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Old 04-21-2012, 11:50 PM   #13
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this would have helped .

Pictures added sir.
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Old 04-22-2012, 12:12 AM   #14
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Lots of attention is standard with these cars! They get more looks than Vettes around here!

I would agree with that comment in my area as well.
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I had no idea that the Vettes had that tall of gears!!! Thats amazing. Whats even more amazing was his impression of the 3.27 gears in the L99. He should feel what a supercharged set of 3.91s feel like!!!
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Old 04-22-2012, 12:25 AM   #16
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Attention getters?? More like attention whores. I'm not complaining in the least, but every day that I drive my car farther than just work and back (a 5 mile hop), I get at least one compliment. Kids love it, chicks love it, everyone loves it. I sure as hell love it, and no-one else will ever drive it, haha. I can't wait until I can afford to performance mod it... first thing going on is Borla ATAK exhaust.
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Old 04-23-2012, 02:39 PM   #18
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I personally love the looks. After all that's why I bought such a good looking car. Well and the performance.
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Old 04-23-2012, 02:49 PM   #19
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He is a great friend of mine. He has a lot of respect for his cars and it would be no different driving my car. However, my wife was pissed off cause she can't drive it. Hahaha.
hahahahahahaha cant drive stick or flat out not allowed to drive it??
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Old 04-23-2012, 02:53 PM   #20
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hahahahahahaha cant drive stick or flat out not allowed to drive it??
It's and L99. She is allowed to drive it, she also knows that I prefer that she doesn't. Good woman, I don't even have to say it for her to know. Lol.
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Old 04-23-2012, 04:47 PM   #21
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My father in law has a C5 vett he drove may camaro last week and said he felt a little tight and confined in it compared to his vett did your friend mention anything like that?
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:23 PM   #22
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Glad your buddy liked it! It is after all a Chevy....
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