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Old 05-09-2013, 09:00 PM   #1
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Why'd Chevy make the ZL1?

Of course i love chevy, i own a 2011 camaro ss but my question is why did they make the zl1 so under powered compared to the shelby gt500. i used to own a mustang before my camaro and i liked it but the camaro is much better. But why did chevy make the zl1 for the same price as the shelby with 80ish less horsepower?????
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:02 PM   #2
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This discussion is about two years old now. You might wanna search the ZL1 section of the forum.
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:05 PM   #3
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The Shelby came out after the ZL1. Also let's not forget that the Shelby also essentially put all of its eggs into one horsepower basket here the ZL1 was the best handling camaro ever (now beat by the Z/28). In anything other than a straight run, the ZL1 consistently beats the Shelby by a margin of a few seconds or more. All in all, the ZL1 is the better car and many reviewers have come to that conclusion too.
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:06 PM   #4
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yeah i know was just curious i saw a shelby today and was thinking about it, i will check it out
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:24 PM   #5
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The 5.8 GT500 came out after the ZL1. The ZL1 beat the previous 5.4 GT500 which has 550 hp.
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:28 PM   #6
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Also don't forget the Mustang is Ford's top dog, the Vette is Chevy's ...
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:36 PM   #7
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Of course i love chevy, i own a 2011 camaro ss but my question is why did they make the zl1 so under powered compared to the shelby gt500. i used to own a mustang before my camaro and i liked it but the camaro is much better. But why did chevy make the zl1 for the same price as the shelby with 80ish less horsepower?????
I think the shelby power bump to 650 hp surprised them. They build the ZL1 to compete with the with GT500 when it had 550 hp.

They can't increase the power on the ZL1 beyond 580 hp because they will have the corvette. They may be worried about losing those sales.
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:36 PM   #8
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you obviously have never priced the gt 500 shelby..once you add the track pack and the optional this and that and a few accessories to make it look decent your way over 70K........And your a monkey on a stick.........lol I almost got a zl1 for its awesome potential and when pricing both it was ten thousand less with the optional everything I wanted and had nice things the gt 500 could only dream of......like HUD, IRS, magnetoreological shocks, automatic lights, heated seats and rear view mirrors, back up cam....etc etc
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very good info
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:47 PM   #10
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since you own both cars, which one you like? i was thinking about upgrading
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:50 PM   #11
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You can do a million things to make the ZL1 smoke a STOCK GT500 in a straight line, that can't be said about the GT500 aftermarket.
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:50 PM   #12
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Ummmm...no. I ordered my 2012 ZL1 the day the order banks opened and took delivery the day it arrived at the dealer, mid-June 2012. I ordered my 2013 GT500 in March 2012 and took delivery on May 20th, 2012. Both cars were in development at the same time, GM just never saw Ford putting the kind of power they did into the GT500 that year.
They might be referencing the fact that Ford announced the New GT500 after Chevy introduced the ZL1. Thus raining on GM'S parade
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Ummmm...no. I ordered my 2012 ZL1 the day the order banks opened and took delivery the day it arrived at the dealer, mid-June 2012. I ordered my 2013 GT500 in March 2012 and took delivery on May 20th, 2012. Both cars were in development at the same time, GM just never saw Ford putting the kind of power they did into the GT500 that year.
What he was referring to was, the GT500 was announced at the same time the Pricing was announced for the ZL1. The ZL1 itself and it's specs were released long before Ford announced the new and improved GT500.
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