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Old 05-26-2015, 08:45 AM   #1
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Favorite thing about driving my ZL1

For me, there are a lot of great things about driving this car but I have one in particular that always, ALWAYS makes me grin like it was my first drive.

While in first gear and slowly accelerating to just stomp the throttle and hear the unbelievable growl of the motor, feel the traction control trying desperately to reign in the power, the feel of the tires making a futile attempt to grab, and the feel of that burst of torque. Good god...



Man, that is pure heaven. It just shows you what a Jekyl and Hyde car the ZL1 is. It can be docile and quiet if driven 'normally' - but 'IT' is there, just lurking in the shadows and waiting to be unleashed.

Awesome.

The only car that ever came close to this experience for me was when I drove the first C6 Z06 and did the same thing. Wow!

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Old 05-26-2015, 09:03 AM   #2
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One of my favorite things about driving my ZL1 is also one of my complaints about it! I secretly love when the tires are really cold, turning all nannies off, and being able to smoke the tires pretty much at will in second gear. I usually am the first person at my office (I'm a very early guy), but did get "caught" by my boss drifting into the parking lot one morning when he got in before me. He just looked at me as I walked into the building and said "I think I pay you too much."
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Old 05-26-2015, 09:18 AM   #3
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One of my favorite things about driving my ZL1 is also one of my complaints about it! I secretly love when the tires are really cold, turning all nannies off, and being able to smoke the tires pretty much at will in second gear. I usually am the first person at my office (I'm a very early guy), but did get "caught" by my boss drifting into the parking lot one morning when he got in before me. He just looked at me as I walked into the building and said "I think I pay you too much."
That's a great one. I know what you mean about the cold tires - they will definitely go up in smoke with the TC off.
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Old 05-26-2015, 03:02 PM   #4
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For me, there are a lot of great things about driving this car but I have one in particular that always, ALWAYS makes me grin like it was my first drive.

While in first gear and slowly accelerating to just stomp the throttle and hear the unbelievable growl of the motor, feel the traction control trying desperately to reign in the power, the feel of the tires making a futile attempt to grab, and the feel of that burst of torque. Good god...



Man, that is pure heaven. It just shows you what a Jekyl and Hyde car the ZL1 is. It can be docile and quiet if driven 'normally' - but 'IT' is there, just lurking in the shadows and waiting to be unleashed.

Awesome.

The only car that ever came close to this experience for me was when I drove the first C6 Z06 and did the same thing. Wow!

How about you?


I could not have said it better than that!
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Old 05-26-2015, 03:40 PM   #5
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For me, there are a lot of great things about driving this car but I have one in particular that always, ALWAYS makes me grin like it was my first drive.

While in first gear and slowly accelerating to just stomp the throttle and hear the unbelievable growl of the motor, feel the traction control trying desperately to reign in the power, the feel of the tires making a futile attempt to grab, and the feel of that burst of torque. Good god...



Man, that is pure heaven. It just shows you what a Jekyl and Hyde car the ZL1 is. It can be docile and quiet if driven 'normally' - but 'IT' is there, just lurking in the shadows and waiting to be unleashed.

Awesome.

The only car that ever came close to this experience for me was when I drove the first C6 Z06 and did the same thing. Wow!

How about you?
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Old 05-26-2015, 04:19 PM   #6
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I like doing the same thing, but with the traction control completely off.....hold it down for 10 seconds to make sure both PTM and Traction Control are off and just enjoy the power with no electronic control......sooooo much fun!
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Old 05-26-2015, 04:20 PM   #7
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Though you have to be careful obviously.......can end up like that Z06 video everybody is watching.....
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Old 05-26-2015, 06:15 PM   #8
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Though you have to be careful obviously.......can end up like that Z06 video everybody is watching.....


Not everybody, I have not seen it. Post it up here
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Old 05-26-2015, 06:19 PM   #9
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Old 05-26-2015, 06:31 PM   #10
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For me, there are a lot of great things about driving this car but I have one in particular that always, ALWAYS makes me grin like it was my first drive.

While in first gear and slowly accelerating to just stomp the throttle and hear the unbelievable growl of the motor, feel the traction control trying desperately to reign in the power, the feel of the tires making a futile attempt to grab, and the feel of that burst of torque. Good god...



Man, that is pure heaven. It just shows you what a Jekyl and Hyde car the ZL1 is. It can be docile and quiet if driven 'normally' - but 'IT' is there, just lurking in the shadows and waiting to be unleashed.

Awesome.

The only car that ever came close to this experience for me was when I drove the first C6 Z06 and did the same thing. Wow!

How about you?
I get the same feeling too. Awesome Car. MERICA!
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Old 05-26-2015, 08:10 PM   #11
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That is a shame with that Z06..... Unbelievable! I feel the same about my ZL1 also....it's like flipping a switch!!!
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Old 05-26-2015, 09:00 PM   #12
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it is a rush to drive and an absolute joy to look at.
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Old 05-26-2015, 09:41 PM   #13
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My favorite thing about my car, is my 2 1/2 year old son begging me to take him for a ride in the vroom vroom. He loves the car as much as I do.....laughs and smiles every time I hit the gas pedal when we are under a overpass, especially after having the headers and the tune done in April. Another funny thing is he won't walk out thru the garage if the car and motorcycle are uncovered, he will go out the front door only. He cracks me up lol
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Old 05-27-2015, 03:41 PM   #14
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I don't really have a favorite thing since I drive mine daily. I just love it all the time. Other than WOT Blasts, don't forget awesome handling, smooth ride, and the fact that you have power all the time. Even in 6th at 2k RPM it still pulls pretty good. Car is much fun even when you're not at WOT.
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Old 05-27-2015, 03:54 PM   #15
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I don't really have a favorite thing since I drive mine daily. I just love it all the time. Other than WOT Blasts, don't forget awesome handling, smooth ride, and the fact that you have power all the time. Even in 6th at 2k RPM it still pulls pretty good. Car is much fun even when you're not at WOT.
Yes, this is so true. You can pass easily without any downshift, regardless what gear you are in.

The torque of this car is unreal.
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Old Today, 12:33 AM   #16
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With 740hp to the wheels I have great respect for the car. I am still learning it and am just finally getting comfortable smoking the tires with TC off. Although I of course don't have to given my power. I wouldn't try it with all nannies off. Especially since I am still on stock tires.

But really my favorite part aside from pulls is just firing it up and hearing it idle. Stare and smile. Sounds so amazing. And the attention I get is also welcomed (most the time).
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I'm glad you posted this. I was ALMOST going to post something last week about how much I love driving the ZL1, but I didn't.

To preface what it means that I love this car this much is that my last cars were 2012 Corvette GS, 2010 Camaro SS/RS (daily driver), 2008 Corvette Z51 conv, 2002 Corvette Z06, and 2001 Camaro SS SLP. This car is such an awesome mix of old school and high tech. I'm happy to have the opportunity to have owned such a nice piece.

Like my ex-girlfriend said, the GS was "straight sex" (blade silver with chrome rims). But after spending some time in it, she understood I gave up some sex for fear. And stock; although they feel completely opposite, they are very close to the same in the comparo.
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