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Old 08-23-2014, 08:39 PM   #1
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Don't know what to expect with ZL1.

My ZL1 should be here any day now . Its a Silver A6.

I traded in my stock 09 C6 Vette for the Z. I know my Vette was rated at 430hp and the Z is rated at 580hp. Thats a 150hp difference. I know this is a dumb question but will this car pull as hard as my M6 C6 ? I though my C6 was fast is this going to be that different ?

As the time goes by as I wait for my car to come in I'm second guessing my purchase as I am a little worried about the power. I never have driven a ZL1 because nobody had one around quite a big area by me. I've only saw 1 on the road and it appealed to me. Seems to be somewhat of a rare car. Heck I don't see many SS's around here . Most are base models and RS's.

Am I gonna be impressed with this car and its power ? The only other one I drove was another automatic SS , but coming from a C6 and an 03 Mustang Cobra (SC'd) both had quite a bit of power , especially the Cobra with the supercharger. I had to go with an auto this time because of some health reasons.

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Old 08-23-2014, 08:53 PM   #2
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It hauls ass! You will love it!
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Old 08-23-2014, 08:55 PM   #3
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Huge difference in weight between the two cars. Try putting 580hp in the light Vette and see how it feels.
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Old 08-23-2014, 08:58 PM   #4
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Like being launched in the space shuttle....
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Old 08-23-2014, 09:06 PM   #5
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Like being launched in the space shuttle....
I wouldn't go that far,but they are fast when they are stock.
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Old 08-23-2014, 09:27 PM   #6
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I also have an A6 ZL1. It's a great ride and quite fast. But realize u are trading a lighter 2 seat car for a bigger 4 seat car. It's has a significant power increase over the vette but some of that is lost due to weight difference. Also a Manuel transmission can have a more violent feel whereas the auto is very smooth. It will be a different feeling from the vette. I think you will love the car. It's a wonderful daily driver with great performance but also excellent at the track or drag strip. I would tell u not to worry or second guess...it really is fast. Plus it's fun to drive a car seen so infrequently. Even though it's been out several years many people have only rarely seen one. Hope u enjoy it.
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Old 08-23-2014, 09:54 PM   #7
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Buying mine was the best car decision I ever made. I alway say about my Z: if you can afford it, get it. Best overall muscle car out there, IMO. Bar none.
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Old 08-23-2014, 10:04 PM   #8
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Honestly, at stock hp levels the two cars aren't that much different in a straight line stock vs stock. In summer air DA, low 12 sec 1/4 mile is the norm with a ZL1. High 11s are possible on a treated track when the weather gets cooler. A C6 is no slouch so don't expect the ZL1 to be a "space shuttle". Do a few minor mods to the ZL1 and you will be in a different league.
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Old 08-23-2014, 10:19 PM   #9
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Stock power will not scare you. It's just not that fast stock. But pulley, tune, and intake will be what the Doctor ordered.
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Old 08-23-2014, 11:20 PM   #10
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You will love it!! I read alot of automotuve reviews before I bought mine and I am not sorry at all.Great car and it is a very fast car if that is what you are looking for.
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Old 08-23-2014, 11:29 PM   #11
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It has come up before but the stock ZL1 has a way of lapping a track or running a drag race without feeling too impressive but the time results are much more impressive than many other cars that jerk you around and make a lot more noise inside the cabin, yet are actually slower. I highly recommend adding some performance modifications. The stock car is barely scratching the surface of what the chassis and engine can do.
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Old 08-23-2014, 11:42 PM   #12
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I too am curious to hear how much of a driving experience difference the zl1 is compared to a C6.
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Old 08-24-2014, 01:25 AM   #13
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Stock for stock, the M6 C6 will probably feel faster to you than the A6 ZL1.
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Old 08-24-2014, 08:30 AM   #14
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A little late to wonder now....as it is just about to be delivered.
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Old 08-24-2014, 09:04 AM   #15
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I love my Camaro, and every Camaro I have had over the years. I love my Corvette and the Corvette's I have had over the years also. That said, if I had to choose just one between the two, the Vette would win every time. The Vette is just such a different car and with such a hugely different culture. That said, it's just an opinion and your best bet is whatever you prefer - so enjoy the new car as it's still far better than most other rides.
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Old 08-24-2014, 12:09 PM   #16
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I love my Camaro, and every Camaro I have had over the years. I love my Corvette and the Corvette's I have had over the years also. That said, if I had to choose just one between the two, the Vette would win every time. The Vette is just such a different car and with such a hugely different culture. That said, it's just an opinion and your best bet is whatever you prefer - so enjoy the new car as it's still far better than most other rides.
You're comparing a 2011 Camaro 2SS/RS Convertible to a 1980 Corvette Stingray? A ZL1 is very different than a 2SS and 80 is about the low water mark for Vettes. Corvette culture? Really?

No disrespect intended but this comparo is not relevant to the OPs question.
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Old 08-24-2014, 12:21 PM   #17
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You're comparing a 2011 Camaro 2SS/RS Convertible to a 1980 Corvette Stingray? A ZL1 is very different than a 2SS and 80 is about the low water mark for Vettes. Corvette culture? Really?

No disrespect intended but this comparo is not relevant to the OPs question.


My '80 is hardly the "low water mark" for Vette's. It's worth what many of the new Camaro's in here are worth, in a resale (have been offered $24K and turned it down) and while I do love my Camaro(s), they are, after all, just Camaro's (I'm not insulting Camaro, I love them too). One surely cannot know a culture they are not a part of, no disrespect (and I've had newer ones before too - 7 in count). No dispresect intended... and to each their own... but my low water mark blows away many Camaro's that I see (probably dust a fair number of em also - and I did not say anything about the '80 or my SS... I was referring to the original poster's situation... um...). In a choice between the two, I'd take a Vette first - though it's just an opinion and we each have one, even those of us driving the low water mark's.
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Old 08-24-2014, 12:24 PM   #18
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I too am curious to hear how much of a driving experience difference the zl1 is compared to a C6.
Read my sig. I went from a 750rwhp C6 with a manual trans to a 511rwhp ZL1 and don't regret it one bit. ZL1 is a much better daily driver. My C6 rattled and squeaked. ZL1 is smooth like a Caddy when you want it to be and a harsh musclecar when you feel like some speed.

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Stock for stock, the M6 C6 will probably feel faster to you than the A6 ZL1.
Mine did. C6 is lower and more of a sports car feel to it. ZL1 is a musclecar, but a well behaved one.

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I love my Camaro, and every Camaro I have had over the years. I love my Corvette and the Corvette's I have had over the years also. That said, if I had to choose just one between the two, the Vette would win every time. The Vette is just such a different car and with such a hugely different culture. That said, it's just an opinion and your best bet is whatever you prefer - so enjoy the new car as it's still far better than most other rides.
Corvette is fine for a weekend only toy. I enjoy my ZL1 as a daily driver much more than I did my C6.


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I can haul ass up twisty roads just as fast in my ZL1 as I could in my C6. I actually think my ZL1 is more predictable and easier to control than my C6 was.
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Old 08-24-2014, 12:26 PM   #19
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My '80 is hardly the "low water mark" for Vette's. It's worth what many of the new Camaro's in here are worth, in a resale (have been offered $24K and turned it down) and while I do love my Camaro(s), they are, after all, just Camaro's. One surely cannot know a culture they are not a part of, no disrespect (and I've had newer ones before too - 7 in count). No dispresect intended... and to each their own... but my low water mark blows away many Camaro's that I see (probably dust a fair number of em also). In a choice between the two, I'd take a Vette first - and it's just an opinion, as are the thoughts expressed in every person's post. Was just saying... (and I was not using my '80 as the example - which year is yours?).
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Old 08-24-2014, 01:07 PM   #21
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I traded my 2012 C6 M6 for A6 ZL1. I'd say the seat of the pants feel was better in my Vet thru 1st and 2nd gear. My z pulls harder thru upper gears tho.
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Old 08-24-2014, 01:29 PM   #22
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This car will definatley push you into your seat once you get on the gas. Although I wouldnt worry about it having to much power and being hard to control. I had mine since friday evening and its an absolute joy to drive, very composed and very user friendly, in ptm mode 1 or 2.
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Old 08-24-2014, 01:40 PM   #23
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If you enjoy spirited driving through twisties the ZL1 is a perfect car. You get a smooth controlled ride with more power than you need. This car absolutely sticks to the road. You will probably never be able to drive the car to its limits.
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Old 08-24-2014, 02:13 PM   #24
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I love my ZL1. I had a 2012 2SS before I got my ZL1 and the power difference is definitely a change. Just letting you know if your going to be driving on we'll say dirty hi ways with light sand or small rocks, be sure to get the front wheel splash guards. The front tires tend to through up gravel and small rocks which end up leaving rock chips on the lower front fender behind the tire and on the flare out in front of the back tire. Going through this myself right now and I'm not happy with what the sand on the road is doing to my $67000.00 car. Just figured I'd give you a heads up so your paint job stays looking new. Enjoy your new ride.
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I love my ZL1. I had a 2012 2SS before I got my ZL1 and the power difference is definitely a change. Just letting you know if your going to be driving on we'll say dirty hi ways with light sand or small rocks, be sure to get the front wheel splash guards. The front tires tend to through up gravel and small rocks which end up leaving rock chips on the lower front fender behind the tire and on the flare out in front of the back tire. Going through this myself right now and I'm not happy with what the sand on the road is doing to my $67000.00 car. Just figured I'd give you a heads up so your paint job stays looking new. Enjoy your new ride.
I don't have the splash guards but do have clear bra and not a chip. Just another option.
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