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Old 06-04-2015, 09:53 AM   #1
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Question for 'vert ZL1 owners

I am considering upgrading my SS 'vert to a ZL1. Question for current owners, do you ever regret not getting the coupe? As much as I love the ZL1 conceptually I am wondering how often the benefits over the SS actually present themselves in a car that will see nothing but public roads. One advantage of the coupe is the ability to run it at the track which, to my understanding, is generally not an option for the convertible. I guess the question boils down to how valuable do you owners find the benefits of the ZL1 specific to the convertible. Thanks all
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Old 06-04-2015, 10:04 AM   #2
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I am disappointed about it. I think it would be "healthier" if I could play legally in some sort of off road environment because now I am constantly trying to play on the street which is going to get me in trouble eventually.

But, I live one block from one of the best cruise strips in the country and it is a lot of fun And I have found that even not driving crazy fast the ZL1 is still amazing to drive. Just cruising around top down at the speed limit is still fun.
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Old 06-04-2015, 10:08 AM   #3
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Also, I don't think I would have the time or motivation for much legitimate racing or track use. I can enjoy the car on a Friday and Saturday night when ever I feel like it. I don't think I would get to a track very often.
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Old 06-04-2015, 10:48 AM   #4
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Great points. I love cruising around with the top down in my SS with NPP rumbling. Do you ever wish you'd just gone with the SS and saved $15 grand?
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Old 06-04-2015, 11:03 AM   #5
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I had a 2011 2SS/RS convertible when they came out, and moved up to the 2013 ZL1 convertible the day THEY came out and LOVE it.

I can tell you the ZL1 is a totally different car than the SS. It's more than just the additional HP and the mag ride. It's a whole different package.

I use mine as a dd during the summer months. Do I wish I could take it to the track once in a great while? sure.

Some road tracks allow convertibles, and a very few drag strips will allow convertibles, but the minute the top goes down, the grin goes on.
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Old 06-04-2015, 11:10 AM   #6
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I love being able to rip down the dragstrip outrunning trailered cars then put the top down for the cruise home. The coupe has the PTM modes but the 'verts have the fun factor covered for everyday street use.
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Old 06-04-2015, 11:12 AM   #7
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Great points. I love cruising around with the top down in my SS with NPP rumbling. Do you ever wish you'd just gone with the SS and saved $15 grand?

No.

And I wish it even less when I blip the pedal and shoot a few car lengths because cruising slow got boring.
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Old 06-04-2015, 11:21 AM   #8
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The coupe has the PTM modes but the 'verts have the fun factor covered for everyday street use.
I am looking into which module(s) have the PTM info to see if I can reprogram them from a coupe into mine. I can always put it back if I need to. Job perk.
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Old 06-04-2015, 11:32 AM   #9
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I am considering upgrading my SS 'vert to a ZL1. Question for current owners, do you ever regret not getting the coupe? As much as I love the ZL1 conceptually I am wondering how often the benefits over the SS actually present themselves in a car that will see nothing but public roads. One advantage of the coupe is the ability to run it at the track which, to my understanding, is generally not an option for the convertible. I guess the question boils down to how valuable do you owners find the benefits of the ZL1 specific to the convertible. Thanks all
I do wish once in a while I could take it to track BUT no regrets. I dunno about your area but just ask yourself. How many times would you really track it versus how many beautiful morning rides or how many afternoon runs around town or the best part how awesome nights cruising thru town top down enjoying the air would you have??? Everytime I start wishing I could take it to track I put the top down and go for a cruise and say to myself eff the track!
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Old 06-04-2015, 11:35 AM   #10
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NO, ZERO, NADA, regrets!
The car is a joy with the top up or down. Unless you plan on going 180mph (which could be fun with top down) you wont regret it.
Same beastly performance but with better tanning abilities!
Best sports car purchase I've made yet I assure you.
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Old 06-04-2015, 11:47 AM   #11
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I'd ask the last two posters - based on how you drive the car, do you ever second guess not buying an SS 'vert? Respectable street power and same top down tanning feature! If not, why do you think the Sunday drive in your Z bests a morning tooling around in the SS?

Thanks again for the comments guys!
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Old 06-04-2015, 11:53 AM   #12
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ZL1 'vert > SS 'vert. Always.
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Old 06-04-2015, 12:34 PM   #13
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ZL1 'vert > SS 'vert. Always.
Oh, I would never dispute that point, I guess the crux of the question is asking whether people feel they are using the advantages that the Z offers in the convertible platform. Or, is the convertible experience such that the performance upgrades are marginalized.
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Old 06-04-2015, 12:47 PM   #14
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