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Old 02-21-2013, 03:36 PM   #2171
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Testing the LS7 is something you can hide in plain sight as long as you don't open the hood.



The LT engine TEAM delivered a modest increase in HP for the base Corvette. A 20 HP increase with a boost in fuel economy and an incredible new design outside and inside will move plenty of glass. As additional C7 models are added watch how easily the LT adds power.
I get that you can hide an LS7 Camaro in plain sight if there isn't anything different about the car other than the engine. Maybe that's what they have been doing all along.
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Old 02-21-2013, 05:27 PM   #2172
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Remember the 550 hp ZL1 unveiled in Chicago 2 years ago? Remember how the actual production car delivered an extra 30 hp over what was initially mentioned?

Its called under-promising & over-delivering. I've seen a few videos where Corvette/GM people almost litterally give a wink and a nudge when talking about the 450 hp of the LT1. It will be more, question is whether it will be closer to 458 or 485.

I wouldn't camo it, unless I wanted to draw attention to the car. If I were actually trying to hide it, I'd keep it looking as stock as possible. Any changes would most likely be interpreted as being mods done by the owner (which, in this case would sorta be true anyway) but not as being a Z28 prototype.

Plus, I wouldn't be surprised if the Z28 were simply to use bits from the ZL1 for its exterior changes and have exactly 0 unique exterior pieces. Doing aerowork is time consuming and expensive, and they already spent a lot of time and money improving the aero of the SS for the ZL1. Why go through the process again to achieve the same results, for a car that costs less?
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Old 02-21-2013, 05:48 PM   #2173
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Remember the 550 hp ZL1 unveiled in Chicago 2 years ago? Remember how the actual production car delivered an extra 30 hp over what was initially mentioned?

Its called under-promising & over-delivering. I've seen a few videos where Corvette/GM people almost litterally give a wink and a nudge when talking about the 450 hp of the LT1. It will be more, question is whether it will be closer to 458 or 485.

I wouldn't camo it, unless I wanted to draw attention to the car. If I were actually trying to hide it, I'd keep it looking as stock as possible. Any changes would most likely be interpreted as being mods done by the owner (which, in this case would sorta be true anyway) but not as being a Z28 prototype.

Plus, I wouldn't be surprised if the Z28 were simply to use bits from the ZL1 for its exterior changes and have exactly 0 unique exterior pieces. Doing aerowork is time consuming and expensive, and they already spent a lot of time and money improving the aero of the SS for the ZL1. Why go through the process again to achieve the same results, for a car that costs less?
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Old 02-21-2013, 05:51 PM   #2174
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I agree the base LT1 is a compromise of power and mileage. This allows the LT?'s to be concerned with power and more power.
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:24 PM   #2175
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Ummm I dunno, I would think that any 5th gen Z/28 would look a little different than the ZL1, but I was surprised that the 1LE looks too similar to the ZL1, but it is still distinguishable by the splitter, matte black hood and spoiler
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:40 PM   #2176
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Ummm I dunno, I would think that any 5th gen Z/28 would look a little different than the ZL1, but I was surprised that the 1LE looks too similar to the ZL1, but it is still distinguishable by the splitter, matte black hood and spoiler
Also the front end, side aero and rear diffuser are different.
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Old 02-21-2013, 08:01 PM   #2177
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I thought people wanted a lightweight Z28?
Lightweight is all relative, Z/28s were never lighter than a smallblock SS unless the SS had auto tranny and AC. That said, the 5th gen. ZL1 was in the opinion of many to be too heavy to be a Z/28 as it weighed about 300 or so pounds more than a 5th gen SS.
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Old 02-21-2013, 08:04 PM   #2178
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I thought people wanted a lightweight Z28?
It isn't just the total weight, but where the weight is. The LS7 does not have a blower sitting on top of it
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Old 02-22-2013, 04:47 PM   #2179
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It isn't just the total weight, but where the weight is. The LS7 does not have a blower sitting on top of it
Not to mention the 1LE shows they know how to handle the weight.
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Old 02-22-2013, 05:00 PM   #2180
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I plan on one more performance chevrolet but am torn between the new corvette and a new Z/28. Heres my choices:

1) ZL1/Z28/S2000
2) ZL1/Corvette

I am really leaning toward the Z as I like the size of the car-not sure I will like a "downsized" gen 6 camaro....

What's everyone think? I know, I have hard choices...
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Old 02-22-2013, 05:18 PM   #2181
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I plan on one more performance chevrolet but am torn between the new corvette and a new Z/28. Heres my choices:

1) ZL1/Z28/S2000
2) ZL1/Corvette

I am really leaning toward the Z as I like the size of the car-not sure I will like a "downsized" gen 6 camaro....

What's everyone think? I know, I have hard choices...
Do you have kids and a significant other?
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...I am torn between making another risky financial move against all monetary sound judgement such as I did trading in my mint condition 2002 35th Anniversary SS Camaro with 2,800 miles and obtaining a dream car ZL1, and then potentially trading in the ZL1 on a Z/28 when it arrives and it is suitable to my liking.....and taking another loss...but, Camaro Nirvana does not come cheaply..., and...you only live once. Money is subjective when it comes to ones happiness.
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...I am torn between making another risky financial move against all monetary sound judgement such as I did trading in my mint condition 2002 35th Anniversary SS Camaro with 2,800 miles and obtaining a dream car ZL1, and then potentially trading in the ZL1 on a Z/28 when it arrives and it is suitable to my liking.....and taking another loss...but, Camaro Nirvana does not come cheaply..., and...you only live once. Money is subjective when it comes to ones happiness.
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No Kids, significant other does not care....
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