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Old 03-31-2012, 05:09 PM   #15
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It will cost more to mod an SS to zl1 performance #'s than a zl1 costs. The zl1 has more motor, upgraded trans and clutch, driveline, diff and axles. Then you have to think about brakes and suspension. By the time you upgrade all those components you have exceeded the cost of the zl1 with out the body and interior upgrades.
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Old 03-31-2012, 05:14 PM   #16
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If I did not already have an SS, I would probably want a ZL1. With that said, I am attached to my SS (first new car I've ever owned), so I am not willing to trade it.

I would also get destroyed on the trade in value, so it seems like a no brainer to just keep my current car, and maybe mod it a little in the future.
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Old 03-31-2012, 07:05 PM   #17
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Mag ride is something that is expensive and difficult to retrofit im sure, but most people can do without it, and wouldnt notice a huge difference. Most people driving camaros dont go to the track, and when they do, its normally a drag strip, to go straight
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Old 03-31-2012, 07:11 PM   #18
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Mag ride is something that is expensive and difficult to retrofit im sure, but most people can do without it, and wouldnt notice a huge difference. Most people driving camaros dont go to the track, and when they do, its normally a drag strip, to go straight
From what I heard its a very big and noticeable difference.

One thing... The ZL1 will retain its value a lot better than a modded SS
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Old 03-31-2012, 08:14 PM   #19
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The ZL1 is definitely worth the money, but if you have to ask us if it is or not, it's not for you.
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Old 03-31-2012, 09:05 PM   #20
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Financially, it's just crazy. How much faster can you go? If money is not a factor go for it. Is it worth it? But I know for sure 20k more than PKs SS, nah I'll pass. The Audi has has the magnetic shocks for a few years
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Old 03-31-2012, 09:17 PM   #21
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Another one of these threads, really? There is something that you have to remember which is tops on the list. You can go LAP AFTER LAP AFTER LAP with no brake fade and tranny fluid not overheated or rear diff overheated and suspension is awesome and then have the best riding Camaro on the street that has ever been produced.

I say you that you CANNOT do that in your 500+HP modded SS. Yes it will be fast and we love Camaro's but the value in the ZL1 is on the track. That is what it was made for.

Someone posted the right question, it depends on what YOU want to do with it to be able to tell it if it's worth the price to YOU.

It is certainly worth the price to me, that's why I am buying one!
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Old 03-31-2012, 09:27 PM   #22
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I got a 2ss convertible last week.. The dealership talked me into it instead of the ZL1.. Probably the wiser finiancial situation for me, especially since i got 0% interest on my loan.. But....
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Old 03-31-2012, 09:38 PM   #23
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I got a 2ss convertible last week.. The dealership talked me into it instead of the ZL1.. Probably the wiser finiancial situation for me, especially since i got 0% interest on my loan.. But....
Congratulations! A beautiful car!
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Old 04-01-2012, 01:52 AM   #24
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Old 04-01-2012, 02:32 AM   #25
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I got a 2ss convertible last week.. The dealership talked me into it instead of the ZL1.. Probably the wiser finiancial situation for me, especially since i got 0% interest on my loan.. But....
The dealership talked you into it, or was it the salesperson looking for a quick commission to pay his/her rent? Maybe your dealer had no allocations? Matters not -- all Camaros are awesome. I hope in reality you talked "yourself" into the 2SS Vert and didn't get brainwashed by a salesperson that won't be the one owning the vehicle. Godspeed and enjoy the hurricane wind through your hair with the top down!
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Old 04-01-2012, 02:35 AM   #26
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This question is very subjective depending on your perspective towards your objective.

Subjective = Factory Hot Rod
Perspective = Expensive, but worth it
Objective = Driving a Factory Hot Rod, and not having to modify

So what would I do?
Purchase a Camaro ZL1 or any other Factory Hot Rod I can afford.
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Old 04-01-2012, 03:11 AM   #27
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The ZL1 for the most part and for those that are going to buy it are going after a limited production, super fast car that's quick out of the gate no mods needed. Most people that can afford it don't want to buy a car and then send it out to look like something that in the end still isn't a ZL1. Some will finance it and can't afford the $30k on to to build a lower end car that still is not a ZL1.

Could you build one for WAY cheaper then $50k? Absolutely you could, in the end is it a ZL1?? Nope, and most people that are buying it want the exclusivity of a ZL1 not a car built to look like one.

Just my opinion.
ya. You couldn't build a ZL1 for less than 60k, but you can buy one for less than 60k.
You MAY be able to build a car competitive to the ZL1 in one area or another for less but I doubt it. ie: you could build a faster drag car for less no problem, and a faster road track car no problem,but not one that would do both, have a warranty on or off the track, and also be a comfortable touring car.


People miss the point on what a ZL1 is. Its an engineered multi use performance car, and one you cannot beat for the money.

Its really a bargain at this price.
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Old 04-01-2012, 03:15 AM   #28
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Let's see...580hp, state of the art suspension and dual mode exhaust all covered under warranty..... you can build an SS, but not cover it all under warranty for 3+ years. Yes! The ZL1 is worth it!
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