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Old 09-23-2012, 11:07 AM   #1
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TEST DRIVE LAST NIGHT: ZL1 RACE BLUE 6-SPEED

I went to the chevy dealer thats by the dealership that I work at last night around 6pm to test drive a ZL1 and a Grand Sport to make my final decision. First attempted to drive the Grand Sport and the battery was dead. I was really excited about this car, race blue 6-speed 3LT with navigation. Ive owned two corvettes before (2005, 2008) and this is the first time ive seen the battery in one of the cubby holes in the hatch. Must be new. Anyways, we proceeded to test drive the ZL1 while the porter attempted to jump the Grand Sport. First off, when I first started the car the exhaust sounds absolutely AMAZING!!! Next, intial take off felt just like my SS with full exhaust and tune that I traded in january. So we turn on to the road and merge onto the freeway. I didnt get on it too hard b/c I hear you guys talk about the break in period and I didnt want to ruin someone elses car as I dont want the race blue if I decide to go with the ZL1. I really wasnt impressed with the power of the car. The car seems so big and so heavy that I guess I was expecting the power to feel like SO MUCH MORE then what it actually did. Loved the sound of the car and the new my link but that was about it. Am I missing something? Does this car wake up after the break in period??? Car had 34 miles on it when I took the test drive. Oh yeah, Grand Sport never did charge up so I will drive one of those on my lunch break tomorrow and purchase tomorrow night or tuesday morning. Guess I was just expecting so much more from the ZL. My 2011 SS dyno'd 424 to wheels with headers, xpipe and 3" magnaflow and it was fun to drive. Is it the 400 lb weight difference that is causing me to feel my SS was just as fun as the ZL to drive?

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Old 09-23-2012, 12:06 PM   #2
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In stock form the ZL1 will feel like a lightly modded SS except it rides smoother. The thing that does it for me is that the ZL1 looks better (subjective but like I said "does it for me"), sounds amazing, and is a damn good platform to start from if you're the modding type. IMO it's apples and oranges when comparing a ZL1 to a Grand Sport. The ZL1 is heavier and feels heavier which to me isn't necessarily a bad thing unless you plan on using your car for more than just the street.
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I didnt get on it too hard.........I really wasnt impressed with the power of the car.

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Old 09-23-2012, 12:19 PM   #4
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Dealer probably filled it with 87 octane.
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Old 09-23-2012, 01:08 PM   #6
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Lol, don't ever compare the ss to the ZL1. Day and night difference.
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Old 09-23-2012, 02:28 PM   #7
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I went to the chevy dealer thats by the dealership that I work at last night around 6pm to test drive a ZL1 and a Grand Sport to make my final decision. First attempted to drive the Grand Sport and the battery was dead. I was really excited about this car, race blue 6-speed 3LT with navigation. Ive owned two corvettes before (2005, 2008) and this is the first time ive seen the battery in one of the cubby holes in the hatch. Must be new. Anyways, we proceeded to test drive the ZL1 while the porter attempted to jump the Grand Sport. First off, when I first started the car the exhaust sounds absolutely AMAZING!!! Next, intial take off felt just like my SS with full exhaust and tune that I traded in january. So we turn on to the road and merge onto the freeway. I didnt get on it too hard b/c I hear you guys talk about the break in period and I didnt want to ruin someone elses car as I dont want the race blue if I decide to go with the ZL1. I really wasnt impressed with the power of the car. The car seems so big and so heavy that I guess I was expecting the power to feel like SO MUCH MORE then what it actually did. Loved the sound of the car and the new my link but that was about it. Am I missing something? Does this car wake up after the break in period??? Car had 34 miles on it when I took the test drive. Oh yeah, Grand Sport never did charge up so I will drive one of those on my lunch break tomorrow and purchase tomorrow night or tuesday morning. Guess I was just expecting so much more from the ZL. My 2011 SS dyno'd 424 to wheels with headers, xpipe and 3" magnaflow and it was fun to drive. Is it the 400 lb weight difference that is causing me to feel my SS was just as fun as the ZL to drive?

So confused, but very excited to have a fast car again very soon.
This was not a fair comparison. Remind me when i put a supercharger in my 2005 SSR. When i picked it up from the shop i expected all this unbelievable power. For the first 500 miles , break-in , i drove around disapointed for all the money i had spent. I'll always remember the first time i nailed it , i could not believe where all this power came from. This vehicle turned into a totally different vehicle. The problem was i could not drive it without putting my foot into it. This was bad for my wallet.
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In stock form the ZL1 will feel like a lightly modded SS except it rides smoother. The thing that does it for me is that the ZL1 looks better (subjective but like I said "does it for me"), sounds amazing, and is a damn good platform to start from if you're the modding type. IMO it's apples and oranges when comparing a ZL1 to a Grand Sport. The ZL1 is heavier and feels heavier which to me isn't necessarily a bad thing unless you plan on using your car for more than just the street.
Like a lightly modded SS ? really ? it comes from the factory with like 45% more HP than the SS , can you explain it to me ?
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Old 09-23-2012, 04:10 PM   #9
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Like a lightly modded SS ? really ? it comes from the factory with like 45% more HP than the SS , can you explain it to me ?
I should have been more specific instead of saying "lightly". I think an SS (LS3) with a CAI, headers, exhaust, and a good tune (maybe a few other minor extras) could achieve similar power to a stock ZL1. With all of that and a supercharger or Cam (or both) and I think you have a more powerful car. You disagree? I may be giving the SS too much credit lol.
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Old 09-23-2012, 06:41 PM   #10
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I had a 2010 2SS and traded it on my CRT 6M 12 ZL1. At 2000 miles I finally decided to stand on it, the result was so much power I was immediately adrenalized, totally surprised, and when I let off the gas elated that I had waited for this vehicle. I'm not saying buy one now because the C6 GS is fantastic, but at 6'6" I don't have a choice, the cabin on the GS is way to tight. What I am saying is the stock ZL1 becomes a beast with unlimited potential after break-in. It's easily moded to 650 HP, and for a large sport vehicle will satisfy your need for automotive adrenalin quest, as will the GS.
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Old 09-23-2012, 07:55 PM   #11
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I went to the chevy dealer thats by the dealership that I work at last night around 6pm to test drive a ZL1 and a Grand Sport to make my final decision. First attempted to drive the Grand Sport and the battery was dead. I was really excited about this car, race blue 6-speed 3LT with navigation. Ive owned two corvettes before (2005, 2008) and this is the first time ive seen the battery in one of the cubby holes in the hatch. Must be new. Anyways, we proceeded to test drive the ZL1 while the porter attempted to jump the Grand Sport. First off, when I first started the car the exhaust sounds absolutely AMAZING!!! Next, intial take off felt just like my SS with full exhaust and tune that I traded in january. So we turn on to the road and merge onto the freeway. I didnt get on it too hard b/c I hear you guys talk about the break in period and I didnt want to ruin someone elses car as I dont want the race blue if I decide to go with the ZL1. I really wasnt impressed with the power of the car. The car seems so big and so heavy that I guess I was expecting the power to feel like SO MUCH MORE then what it actually did. Loved the sound of the car and the new my link but that was about it. Am I missing something? Does this car wake up after the break in period??? Car had 34 miles on it when I took the test drive. Oh yeah, Grand Sport never did charge up so I will drive one of those on my lunch break tomorrow and purchase tomorrow night or tuesday morning. Guess I was just expecting so much more from the ZL. My 2011 SS dyno'd 424 to wheels with headers, xpipe and 3" magnaflow and it was fun to drive. Is it the 400 lb weight difference that is causing me to feel my SS was just as fun as the ZL to drive?

So confused, but very excited to have a fast car again very soon.
I too have had numerous Corvettes over the years and the Z is my first Camaro. I love the extra room in the Z compared to the Vette and the ability to have a trunk as well is a nice feature compared to a Vette coupe. My 67 Vette has gotten very little seat time since I received the Z, I just totally enjoy driving it all the time. Granted it has considerably more HP than the Vette but it is also a more enjoyable ride. The clincher for me over buying a new Vette came when I was tracking the Z at Homestead Race Track. On the last session of the day there was a guy driving a Z06 ahead of me. I gained a little bit on him each lap until the final laps when I braked late and turned in sharp and passed him on the back straight and turned down into turn 10 through the esses and back on the front straight ahead of him. I knew he was a novice like myself but it was very satisfying just the same. If the Z06 had a more advanced driver, I might not have ever gotten close to him. But the Z just inspires confidence with each turn. Good luck with your decision. Both cars are great and neither car will be a wrong choice.
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Old 09-23-2012, 08:10 PM   #12
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I really wasnt impressed with the power of the car. The car seems so big and so heavy that I guess I was expecting the power to feel like SO MUCH MORE then what it actually did. Loved the sound of the car and the new my link but that was about it. Am I missing something? Does this car wake up after the break in period???
I had the opportunity to test drive one as well, and you couldn't have said it any better to what I felt. I'm sure depending on fuel and break in period it gets better, but I really wasn't blown away compared to what I think I was expecting to feel.
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Old 09-23-2012, 08:18 PM   #13
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The power is just super smooth. Sure they could have made it feel jerkier....but hey how did that Lamborghini do in the MotorTrend best drivers car this year. Oh yea they tore it apart cause it drove jerky and had no brakes. Zl1 is refined and stops on a dime!
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Old 09-23-2012, 08:27 PM   #14
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I drove the car, just didn't rag on it!
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Old 09-23-2012, 10:02 PM   #15
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There is no way someone can go down to a dealership , test drive a ZL1 and give you a true evaluation of the car.
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The battery is in the trunk on the grandsport because of the dry sump system.

The power on the zl1 is really linear and smooth. But you need to actually run it up past 5500 in each gear to feel what it has.

You really need to push the car in the corners to feel the zl1 strength it just drives nice and is composed everywhere.

Reading your post honesly I think you should get a z06 or a 2013 gt500. That will give you the feel you sound like your looking for. Just mash the pedal on the right and be blown away.

Or realize that you will need to invest 3-4k to get that level of acceleration out of a zl1.
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Bounce it off the rev limiter a couple times and you will know what power is. That and pull up behind somebody doing 50 in a 55 zone, drop it into 4th kick the go pedal and try keeping it under 80. Not very easy to do.
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gonna take more than a few mile test drive to appreciate the car. did you try race mode to feel the handling and steeering? probably not is my guess. thats when you really feel how much different it is than an SS. after it breaks in it does wake up more too
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It sounds like you had a ton of fun doing those test drives! Please let us know if you made the decision to purchase one!





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There is no way someone can go down to a dealership , test drive a ZL1 and give you a true evaluation of the car.
True. But you can share impressions. I too felt initial unimpressed by the power. It doesn't jump in response to throttle input the way my car does and therefore fell short of expectation on that front. But a little more time spent with the car ( or evaluation of numbers) allow the cars true personality to shine. It's a good overall car as opposed to some competing products and it drives very smoothly and handles well, even more so when you factor in weight and visual limitations. I think this car would continue to grow on an owner as its simply a good piece of engineering.
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True. But you can share impressions. I too felt initial unimpressed by the power. It doesn't jump in response to throttle input the way my car does and therefore fell short of expectation on that front. But a little more time spent with the car ( or evaluation of numbers) allow the cars true personality to shine. It's a good overall car as opposed to some competing products and it drives very smoothly and handles well, even more so when you factor in weight and visual limitations. I think this car would continue to grow on an owner as its simply a good piece of engineering.
I couldn't have said it better. I just don't understand how so many hate on the car. It's a great machine that isn't perfect but still great at what it's made for. I just don't believe in dogging a vehicle because I'm loyal to another brand. I would take a 5.0, Boss, and definitely a GT500 in a heartbeat. They are all great cars. I'm just glad that at the age of 28 I can enjoy what both Chevy and Ford has put out there for us.
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Drove a GS M6 last night and car feels amazing. You definitely feel the road in the vette but acceleration and overall fun to drive is night and day to the ZL in my opinion. They are currently looking for me a CRT GS 3LT with nav.
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I'm just glad that at the age of 28 I can enjoy what both Chevy and Ford has put out there for us.
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Drove a GS M6 last night and car feels amazing. You definitely feel the road in the vette but acceleration and overall fun to drive is night and day to the ZL in my opinion. They are currently looking for me a CRT GS 3LT with nav.
Just traded my 2012 CRM GS Vert last month for the ZL1.........it's all a matter of perspectives!
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Bounce it off the rev limiter a couple times and you will know what power is. That and pull up behind somebody doing 50 in a 55 zone, drop it into 4th kick the go pedal and try keeping it under 80. Not very easy to do.
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