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Old 07-05-2014, 06:33 PM   #1
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I Love My Z/28

There is no doubt, this is such a great car. You could spend more money, a lot more money on a car, but the incremental return would be negligible until you got over the $500k mark.

Personally I could give a rat's ass about leather sun visors and steering columns and "claim" of fine [country name] engineering for which I am paying an arm and a leg for.

I do care about performance and visceral reward and that feeling in my guts when I walk up to the car, the Z/28 turns it up to "11" on those points.

Forget tracking, go find a great twisty scenic road.

*Beautiful to look at
*Wide, elastic powerband
*Rumbly gurgly exhaust
*Solid, smooth shifting
*Tight platform, feels like carved from billet
*Great cruise control

At some point this car will be widely recognized as being one of the all-time "great ones". I still feel like I stole it for $75k. Awesome job Chevy, awesome job.
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Old 07-05-2014, 06:42 PM   #2
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Old 07-05-2014, 06:46 PM   #3
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Compared the the ZL1, the Z28 does not have the wide power band, but it does pull at high RPMs it it one tight turning car!
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Old 07-05-2014, 06:57 PM   #4
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Old 07-05-2014, 09:56 PM   #5
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Nice, Pete! Good to see you enjoying that gorgeous car. Aren't you worried about getting stuck out in the rain with the Trofeo Rs?
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Old 07-05-2014, 10:06 PM   #6
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Wow...so nice out there...real mountain roads...I'm jealous!
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Old 07-05-2014, 11:32 PM   #7
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For me, you are the true spirit of this great car.

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Old 07-06-2014, 12:59 AM   #8
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Wow...so nice out there...real mountain roads...I'm jealous!

I really need to move, the view of Chicago just sucks as do our roads


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Old 07-06-2014, 04:23 AM   #9
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Old 07-17-2014, 04:57 PM   #10
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I have a question for you Z. How much horsepower do you think that the Z/28 can handle before you would have to start upgrading suspension and chassis? I'd rather have a car that handles well, than just having a high horsepower engine. I know 505 is a lot of horsepower but I wonder just how much the Z/28 can handle.
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Old 07-17-2014, 04:59 PM   #11
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Old 07-17-2014, 05:13 PM   #12
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I have a question for you Z. How much horsepower do you think that the Z/28 can handle before you would have to start upgrading suspension and chassis? I'd rather have a car that handles well, than just having a high horsepower engine. I know 505 is a lot of horsepower but I wonder just how much the Z/28 can handle.
Not being Zfat, I think the car could handle another 50-75 horsepower without much of an issue. However, my plan is to focus on learning the car and building my skills to match, before adding power to the mix...
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Old 07-17-2014, 05:19 PM   #13
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You bought it, so I sure as he'll hope you're in love with it. Still not going to convince me that it's worth the money to buy one unless you intend to track it. It's a horrible street car, IMHO.
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Old 07-17-2014, 05:37 PM   #14
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Sweet looking ride and view. Congrats on that beautiful beast
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Old 07-17-2014, 05:38 PM   #15
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I have a question for you Z. How much horsepower do you think that the Z/28 can handle before you would have to start upgrading suspension and chassis? I'd rather have a car that handles well, than just having a high horsepower engine. I know 505 is a lot of horsepower but I wonder just how much the Z/28 can handle.
I feel no need to change anything. And all dyno reports so far document the car to be very underrated in regards to published hp/tq. It's plenty hard already to find a place to open it up and air it out in 1st through 3rd without being a menace to others around me

No idea how much more it can handle because it's hard for me to handle what's there now.

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You bought it, so I sure as he'll hope you're in love with it. Still not going to convince me that it's worth the money to buy one unless you intend to track it. It's a horrible street car, IMHO.
Didn't catch if you actually own one? And if you do which roads you are basing your informed opinion on?

I am not out to convince anyone of anything, and if I did not like it I'd say so, sell it, and buy whatever else I think I want. I'm a car guy not a marque fan boy and have owned sports cars 3-4x the price of the Z/28 so I know the competition. The Z/28 is a f'ing steal for the experience it offers.

It was mighty fine to run errands with it today on the highways and local city streets. As a entrepreneur working 24/7 it's my thirty-minute Mental Margarita when I need one. No other car I'd rather have.
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Old 07-17-2014, 05:40 PM   #16
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However, my plan is to focus on learning the car and building my skills to match, before adding power to the mix...
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Old 07-17-2014, 05:48 PM   #17
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Love every picture I see of the Z/28. Beautiful car you have there! I haven't been lucky enough to drive one but in your opinion can the Z/28 be a DD? A lot of uninformed people say no but I want to hear it from an owner.
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Old 07-17-2014, 05:57 PM   #18
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It all depends on the street...
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Old 07-17-2014, 06:08 PM   #19
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If the head engineer went and paid for one, and he drives it as his DD in some of the worst Street in the USA, then i think its fine for a DD, my 2010 with over 86K on it, drives harder then the NEW Z/28.
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Old 07-17-2014, 07:14 PM   #20
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Love every picture I see of the Z/28. Beautiful car you have there! I haven't been lucky enough to drive one but in your opinion can the Z/28 be a DD? A lot of uninformed people say no but I want to hear it from an owner.
Me too! Thanks! It all depends on you, and your roads. I would not, and don't, hesitate to drive mine as long as I don't need to haul anything (except ass ). I look for excuses to take the Z instead of the truck (RAM) every chance I get.

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It all depends on the street...
Correct. And the driver. I love the hardcore experience. Love it. But would not want to do more than 10-20 minutes on rutted streets. Also, 18-wheeler tire ruts in the lanes on highways at 80 mph make for a challenging experience, and if you don't pay 100% attention it feels like you will get slung off the road.

Thankfully most roads around here are ok and I drove it three hours to the track a few weeks ago and my wife and I arrived none the worse for the wear and feeling fine. It's a great toy for mountain roads.

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If the head engineer went and paid for one, and he drives it as his DD in some of the worst Street in the USA, then i think its fine for a DD, my 2010 with over 86K on it, drives harder then the NEW Z/28.
Putting money where mouth is, that's the ultimate testament isn't it? First time I ever saw that happen. Money talks and BS walks...
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Old 07-17-2014, 07:29 PM   #21
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Not being Zfat, I think the car could handle another 50-75 horsepower without much of an issue. However, my plan is to focus on learning the car and building my skills to match, before adding power to the mix...
I was gonna pose this question to you too, brt3. You and Z were first I thought of. And yes, learning this car will be the first thing I would want to do before doing anything. I wonder if the owners that had Davenport and Redline mod their cars are gonna track it.

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I feel no need to change anything. And all dyno reports so far document the car to be very underrated in regards to published hp/tq. It's plenty hard already to find a place to open it up and air it out in 1st through 3rd without being a menace to others around me

No idea how much more it can handle because it's hard for me to handle what's there now.

It was mighty fine to run errands with it today on the highways and local city streets. As a entrepreneur working 24/7 it's my thirty-minute Mental Margarita when I need one. No other car I'd rather have.
This might make my decision easier if and when (more like when) I ever decide to buy one. I was having trouble choosing between the 1LE, ZL1 or Z/28.
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Old 07-17-2014, 07:37 PM   #22
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That is just a sweet ride ! Glad you're enjoying it .
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Old 07-17-2014, 08:31 PM   #23
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dd?...how about hourly driver or all the time driver or drive for meaningless excuses to go somewhere..driving this car makes me very happy...simple.

For me no mods are worth anything now...when I watched someone really fast take her out and punish I can see the potential...for me it will be traqmate data and overlays that will allow me to mod myself.
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Old 07-18-2014, 11:59 AM   #24
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Me too.

You captured my sentiments Zfatuated. I love this car too. I also have had multiple cars costing 2-3 times as much as this car and I have learned a great deal about sports cars from the experience. I don't know what is a good dd for other people or what they consider good for the street but for me this car is outstanding anytime and anywhere I drive it. Of course inclement weather like rain is not included in my assessment. I am fortunate to live close to some of the greatest roads in the world like Highway 2 that snakes its way through the Angeles National Forrest or Mulholland Highway that needs no introduction for most folks. This car is absolutely magnificent in these environments. And, I too take it out for an hour or so on surface streets and freeways when I want to clear my head and don't have time for a longer run. My girl always provides major entertainment, with her stellar attributes, regardless of where we venture.
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Old 07-18-2014, 02:46 PM   #25
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now i am bias, but i honestly can't find a bad angle on the car, no matter where i look at it. its a hands down blast to drive, love looking at it before and after driving and just looks mean!

to sum it up in my eyes, the Z has managed to capture that true car enthusiasts essence we all look for in a car... not sure how to describe it but we all know it when we see it!
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