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Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 2013: First Drive

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 2013

First Drive
Dubai, UAE

What we liked:
>> Engaging supercharged V8
>> Ride via 'smart' dampers
>> Value for money

Not so much:
>> Manual gearbox
>> Remote steering
>> Hard to hide humble origins

Seven minutes, 41.27 seconds. Mean anything to you? If you’re a diehard Chevy fan with a bowtie stamped on your forehead you’ll know this is how long it takes the new supercharged Camaro flagship – the ZL1 – to lap the 22.8km Nurburgring Nordschleife in Germany.

To give these numbers perspective, consider that the best recorded time for the Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera is 7:40.76, while the 997 Series Porsche 911 Turbo has against its name a PB of 7min 39sec.

“So what?” you might say, arguing that race-track numbers have little real-world relevance, especially when they were recorded in different conditions, with different drivers doing the steering and pedalling. However, the Camaro ZL1’s claimed Nordschleife benchmark gives it legitimacy as a serious driver’s weapon, rather than just another pumped-up Yank muscle car.

Put simply, ZL1 is the ultimate take on the Camaro, conceived to serve up heroic performance that matches significantly pricier Euro supercars. It's an objective that seems all the more remarkable when you consider the two-door shares much with our own Holden Commodore.

To achieve this lofty goal, the GM boffins transplanted the 6.2-litre supercharged LSA V8 engine from the Cadillac CTS-V and Corvette ZR1. In the Camaro ZL1 it kicks out 433kW at 6000rpm and 754Nm at 4200rpm -- a substantial hike on the 299kW and 556Nm of the lesser SS (which, incidentally has an 8:20 lap the ’Ring to its credit – almost 40 seconds slower than the big-daddy ZL1).

The LSA is a mighty engine but it doesn’t serve up as much low-down grunt as the latest blown V8s offered by the likes of BMW M and AMG. This is clearly borne out by the relatively high revs (4200rpm) at which the ZL1’s peak torque arrives. It’s not really a problem; all it means is that you need to keep things on the boil by rowing up and down through the six-speed manual gearbox. A six-speed auto is also on the menu, should you be allergic to clutch pedals.

The standard Camaro SS is a bit disappointing aurally but there are no such gripes with the ZL1, which has as fruity a soundtrack as anything else that emanates from Detroit. It’s pleasingly growly as you explore the upper reaches of its rev range – not quite NASCAR stuff, but purposeful enough. And it might sound odd to say this, but lifting off the throttle is the best part as the quartet of tailpipes spits out a delicious assortment of pops and crackles on the overrun.

So much for the vocals, what you really want to know is how fast the thing feels, right? Well, GM quotes a 0-100km/h split of 4.2.sec for the manual (the auto is actually a fraction quicker) and a v-max of 290km/h (296km/h for the auto), which are great numbers for a sub-US$70k car (in the Middle East, where this test was conducted).

In the real world, the ZL1 certainly feels quick – not Lambo Aventador or Ferrari 458 quick, but grunty enough to light up the chunky Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 305/35ZR20 rear tyres at will. Or demolish the vast majority of upstarts in a Traffic Light Grand Prix.

However, raw performance is one thing, equally if not more important is how this performance is delivered, and how the car makes you feel. For me, the ZL1 is a mixed bag in this department.

There isn’t a whole lot to fault with the engine, but the drivetrain loses its lustre via the  Tremec six-speed gearbox, which, apart from suffering from awful driveline shunt, is simply too baulky and obstructive to make for a truly enjoyable drive.

This lack of tactility extends to other areas, too, as the ZL1’s brake pedal feels soggy and the electric power steering is also somewhat remote, not offering the level of feedback you'd expect of a true driver’s car.

You learn to dial in after some familiarisation, but there’s still never the feeling of crispness and connectedness to the chassis you’d get in, say, the Toyota 86.

The Camaro’s chassis is actually very capable but confidence in the car doesn’t come intuitively. It’s more a process of gradually exploring its limits and discovering that they’re actually a lot higher than first impressions lead one to believe.

American cars have traditionally not been blessed with particularly sophisticated traction/stability control systems, but the ZL1 fares very well in this department as its electronic nannies are pleasingly unobtrusive.

What’s really remarkable is how well the latest-generation magneto-rheological dampers unite the opposing demands of compliant ride quality and taut, roll-free handling. The Magnetic Ride Control system offers three settings (Tour, Sport, and Track) and even in Sport mode the ZL1 glides effortlessly over speed humps and corrugations that would be jarring in virtually anything else with even vaguely sporting pretensions.

The supple ride alone makes the range-topping Camaro a sensible proposition as a daily driver, but you’ll need to learn to live with the limited visibility afforded by the letterbox windows all-around. Fortunately our test car was equipped with a reversing camera, which took the guesswork out of backing into tight spots.

Despite its hugely elevated performance credentials vis-à-vis the lesser Camaro SS, the ZL1 doesn’t shout its status via a raft of garish bodywork addenda and decals. The ZL1’s face is distinguished by a redesigned fascia with an integrated splitter, vertical fog lamps and air intakes for brake cooling, but its signature element is an aluminium bonnet with a raised carbonfibre insert incorporating extractor vents that draw air up from the engine bay and direct it precisely over the car for added high-speed downforce.

Other aero aids include reprofiled rocker panels, front tyre deflectors (designed to push airflow around the rotating wheels and tyres more efficiently) and a bootlid spoiler that’s taller and wider than that fitted to the SS, contributing 68kg of downforce over the rear axle.

Trainspotters may also pick up on the bespoke 20-inch forged aluminium wheels that are lighter than the rims used on the Camaro SS. The ZL1 logo appears on the grille, bonnet, rump and brake calipers, but they’re hardly shout-out-loud badges.

The interior is also pleasingly free of boy-racer elements, with the visual highlight being the piano-black strip on the dashboard that sweeps around to the centre of the doors.

There’s a simplicity about the whole layout that will please purists, although the gauges (including one for supercharger boost pressure) nestled below the HVAC controls are a bit gimmicky as they’re hardly in the driver’s line of sight. The speedometer and tacho also look a bit plain for a car as specialised as the ZL1.

The overall impression is of a plasticky cabin ambience, but brownie points are due for the head-up speedo readout, as well as for the supportive leather sports seats with microfibre inserts.

Let’s be clear, the Camaro’s innards are hardly of M3/C63 AMG quality. It’s clearly built to a price and, when you consider that the ZL1 is a sub-$70k offering, you can learn to overlook its slightly cheap feel.

This is ultimately what the equation boils down to: the ZL1 offers pretty much unbeatable bang-for-buck value in its price segment. In the Middle East, the same money could get you into a Porsche Cayman S – a significantly less powerful but far more tactile and precise driver’s car – or a Nissan 370Z with change left over. Also in the same general ballpark is the Dodge Challenger SRT8, but it offers neither the grunt nor the handling prowess of the flagship Camaro.

There are some areas where the ZL1 truly shines – its straightline punch and ultimate grip levels are far superior than one would ever have thought possible of a Camaro. However, it can never truly hide its humble origins -- it might be as fast, or even faster, around the ’Ring, but it never feels as agile, composed of polished say an M3 or C63.

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1: Specifications
Engine  6.2-litre supercharged V8
Power  433kW at 6000rpm
Torque  754Nm at 4200rpm
Transmission Six-speed manual 
Length  4836mm
Width  1918mm
Height  1376mm
Wheelbase 2852mm
Kerb weight 1873kg
0-100km/h 4.2sec
Top speed 290km/h

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ZL1 2dr Coupe
2013 Chevrolet Camaro Pricing

Retail Price

$54,350MSRP / Window Sticker Price

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Additional or Replacing Features:
  • 6.2L V-8 Engine
  • 580 @ 6,000 rpm Horsepower
  • 556 @ 4,200 rpm Torque
  • 20" black forged aluminum Wheels
  • driver and front passenger heated-cushion, heated-seatback Heated front seats
  • 1st row LCD monitor
  • front Fog/driving lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • simulated suede/leather Seat trim
  • UltraSonic Parking assist
Standard Features:
  • 3.6L V-6 Engine
  • 323 @ 6,800 rpm Horsepower
  • 278 @ 4,800 rpm Torque
  • 18" black styled steel Wheels
  • cloth Seat trim
  • 6-spd man w/OD Transmission
  • rear-wheel Drive type
  • ABS and driveline Traction control
  • front air conditioning, manual
  • SiriusXM AM/FM/Satellite, seek-scan Radio
  • keyfob (all doors) Remote keyless entry
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ZL1 2dr Coupe

Exterior Colors

  • Silver Ice Metallic

  • Summit White

  • Black

  • Crystal Red Tintcoat

  • Victory Red

  • Rally Yellow

  • Inferno Orange Metallic

  • Ashen Gray Metallic

  • Blue Ray Metallic

Interior Colors

  • Black w/Leather Appointed Seating Surfaces

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When Chevy reintroduced the Camaro after an eight-year hiatus in 2010, the company did so with a V6 and V8 powertrain. However, it wasn’t long before Chevy cranked up the power with the ZL1 performance model for the 2012 model year. A supercharged LSA V8 producing 580 horsepower and 556 pound-feet of torque was standard. It was the Camaro to own at the time if pure power was a prerequisite to ownership. Chevy only offered the ZL1 until 2015 – but it wasn't gone for long. The company brought the nameplate back for 2017 riding on anew, lighter platform and offering more power, which brings us to this drag race between a 2013 Camaro ZL1 and a 2018 ZL1.

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The 2018 model packs a supercharged LT4 6.2-liter V8 engine under the hood, producing 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque – which is way more than the 2013 model. The 2018 ZL1 also has another advantage – weight. The 2013 tips the scales at least 4,120 pounds while the 2018 model weighs in at 3,883 lbs. More power and less weight are the recipe for racing dominance – at least at the drag strip.

There’s little competition in the drag race between the two ZL1s. The 2018 model gets the lead right off the starting line and never looks back – the 2013 ZL1 trails behind. The difference in performance is evident when both cross the finish line. The 2013 model completes the quarter-mile race in 12.98 seconds at 111.23 miles per hour. The 2018 beats it with a time of 11.46 seconds at 121.45 mph. That’s a sizable difference.

The 2018 ZL1’s increased horsepower and torque and lighter platform help it outperform its less powerful and heavier predecessor. The race is a testament to how far vehicles can improve in just a few short years. The 2013 model isn’t a slouch by any stretch of the imagination; however, when it's compared to the 2018 ZL1, it’s nothing but old, outdated news.

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Sun-in-face and wind-in-hair are elements that have lured convertible buyers ever since the days when all cars were convertibles. Of course, wind-in-hair in those earliest days rarely reached 30 mph.

Wind velocities have ramped up since then. A lot. Today, it's not a question of whether you can get your hair gloriously ruffling in the breeze. With certain cars it's a question of whether your hair will remain anchored to your scalp as the speedo needle climbs.

The ZL1 convertible is an excellent example of this modern phenomenon. It's the most powerful Camaro ragtop in a 46-year history that's heavily littered with potent fresh-air Chevy pony cars.

2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible

Counting the Herd

As aficionados will no doubt recall, they're called pony cars in part because the name of the species progenitor was inspired by a kind of horse—the Mustang. And in part because of the basic concept: a relatively lightweight car with lots of ponies packed under the hood.

That certainly applies to the ZL1. Like its coupe counterpart, it is propelled by GM's supercharged and intercooled 6.2-liter overhead valve LSA V-8, essentially the same engine that makes superstars of the Corvette ZR1 and the Cadillac CTS-V.

In this application its output isn't quite on the same level as the Corvette (638 horsepower, 604 pound-feet of torque)—after all, we can't have Camaros cantering up to the starting gate with more muscle than the top hoss in the corral.

2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible

But 580 horsepower and 556 pound-feet of torque is enough to produce face-distorting thrust—or at least a very big grin—and will transport its operator to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds, according to Chevrolet.

This may be a little optimistic. In comparison tests, including our own, the ZL1 coupe wasn't quite that quick, and the convertible weighs "a couple hundred pounds more," according to Camaro chief engineer Al Oppenheiser. In the absence of hard numbers, we estimate about 4200 pounds.

But judging by an afternoon of vigorous motoring on lightly travelled byways in western Michigan, it's hard to imagine anyone stepping out of this car and expressing disappointment with its power. Its tidal wave torque comes on early and ramps up to a plateau that resembles the geography of Nebraska. The scenery blurs, and the driver's hair goes vertical.

2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible

Leave the Tremec 6060 six-speed manual in one of its taller gears—fourth or fifth for example—and the LSA's muscle covers a broad range of cruising, almost like an automatic transmission. To shift or not to shift—the LSA V-8 is happy either way.

(The ZL1 option list does includes an automatic—GM HydraMatic 6L90—also a six-speed, but it would be a mistake to deprive oneself of the crisp shifts, positive engagements and forgiving clutch of the manual.)

The Shelby Exception

Horsepower asterisk: While this is the hottest convertible in the entire General Motors inventory (there's only one other, the Corvette), and eclipses legendary Chevy ragtops like the 450-horsepower 1970 Chevelle 454, it's upstaged by Ford's latest Shelby GT500 convertible, which churns up 662 horsepower, 631 pound-feet of torque, and weighs a little less.

2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible

Not to put too fine a point on it, it'll smoke the ZL1 convertible when the stoplight turns green.

But when the road gets kinky, it's a different story. The Shelby may be the maharaja of muscle in straight ahead sprints, but the ZL1 is not just a one-trick pony. In the world of fast sweepers, esses, and decreasing radii, its magnetorheologically-damped (GM's Magnetic Ride Control) responses are distinctly quicker, its steering more accurate, and more tactile.

Beyond that, the ZL's braking power is commensurate with the supercharged muscle, grip is abundant via a set of Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires on 20-inch wheels, and ride quality is surprisingly compliant, considering suspension calibrations attuned to the performance potential.

Stiffer is Better

Like any convertible derived from a coupe, substituting a folding top for the ZL1's roof structure required compensatory stiffening elsewhere—the source of Engineer Oppenheiser's additional 200 pounds.

2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible

In the ZL1, the additional elements include subdural bracing (a front X brace, engine cradle stiffening, and V braces at the rear); reinforcements to the driveshaft tunnel; additional bracing for the transmission support; and a cross brace connecting the front shock towers.

The extra mass pays off with a structure that's basically free of the chassis quivers that afflict some ragtops, something that can't be said for the current crop of Mustang convertibles. And it gives this Camaro the edge in handling.

The Price of Performance

What all this adds up to is a formidable droptop that's Chevy's hottest-ever. And if it's upstaged by the Shelby GT 500 at the dragstrip, its engine output trumps that of convertibles with some pretty fancy pedigrees—the Aston Martin DB9 Volante and Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG, to name two.

2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible

Moreover, its all-around performance is better balanced than its opposite number from Ford, it's docile enough for everyday use, and the subdued basso profundo of its exhaust will cause owners to seek out tunnels, so they can revel in the reverb.

And let's not forget the delicious aura of menace that distinguishes contemporary Camaro styling.

At $61,745, including destination charges ($900) and gas guzzler tax ($1300), the ZL1 isn't exactly inexpensive. That's a little more than the Shelby, and just about enough to bolt you into a Corvette Grand Sport convertible.

But of course the Corvette doesn't include a back seat. And there's something to be said for having the most potent Camaro convertible in history.

Think of it as a hair-raising experience. In a good way.

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Camaro 2013 zl1

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Leaving the other debuts of the Chicago Auto Show in the dust is the brand-spanking new Camaro ZL1 - the most powerful Camaro ever. This beautiful beast is powered by a LSA 6.2L supercharged V-8 engine that provides enough juice to get our hearts racing and our fingers twitching to grab the wheel.

"Camaro ZL1 is about high-tech performance and design, and is a type of car no one has ever brought to this segment previously," said Rick Scheidt, vice president of Chevrolet marketing. "It’s the most technically advanced Camaro ever, so we’ve chosen a name from the most elite and exclusive Camaro in history."

The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will be distinguished by a new front fascia, hood with air extractors, and a signature center section constructed of carbon fiber rendered in satin black finish. Completing the look is a set of 20-inch wheels and exhaust tips with ZL1 badge on the grille, hood, and brake calipers.

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Rapid Review: Chevy’s 2013 Camaro ZL1 convertible

If cars were judge solely on the sounds coming from the tailpipe, the Camaro ZL1 convertible would be among finest automobiles Chevy has made in years.

This is the grand pooh-bah of today’s retro Camaro lineup, and it resurrects the most sought-after Camaro ever made: the 1969 ZL1, of which GM produced just 69 copies.

Photos: 2013 Chevy Camaro ZL1

The original featured an all-aluminum V-8, then considered an exotic material. Though it was officially rated at 425 horsepower, dyno testing often revealed the ZL1s to be putting out much more.

Among the fastest street-legal cars of the muscle-car era, the ’69 Camaro ZL1 can today fetch several hundreds of thousands of dollars. At Barrett-Jackson’s 2012 Scottsdale auction, a restored ZL1 sold for $451,000.

The new version doesn’t exactly come cheap. The ZL1 starts at $63,045, including destination and a $2,600 gas guzzler tax. Our tester added to that the automatic transmission, suede trim on the interior, 20-inch aluminum wheels, and clear-coated paint on the carbon-fiber hood insert for a total of $65,800. That’s nearly triple the price of a base Camaro and well into Corvette territory.

Like its namesake, the 2013 ZL1 also has an all-aluminum V-8, a 6.2-liter supercharged version making 580 horsepower and 556 pound-feet of torque. Fans of this small-block V-8 will know it also sees duty in the Cadillac CTS-V sedan, coupe and wagon, though the ZL1 motor has a bit more power. This helps the Camaro blast from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, according to Car and Driver.

A six-speed manual transmission comes standard; our tester had the $1,185 six-speed automatic gearbox with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters.

We’d advise going with the manual. The automatic bogged down in slow shifts, regardless of whether you let the car choose the shift points or initiated them through the paddles.

Standard on all ZL1s are GM’s excellent Magnetic Ride Control dampers. This system lets drivers choose between Tour and Sport modes of firmness, and can adjust immediately to changing road conditions. It sounds far-fetched until you travel a familiar road and feel many of its imperfections ironed out.

Other standard features include Brembo brakes, a limited slip differential, backup camera, Chevy’s excellent MyLink infotainment system, heated leather seats, a rear spoiler and a heads-up display.

Exterior modifications are subtle for a high-end hotrod. The aluminum hood with a carbon fiber insert is a nice touch, and the front bumper gets mildly more aggressive.

On the road, and the first thing you notice is its mass - all 4,380 pounds of it. Consider that the Corvette 427 convertible we tested recently weighed about a thousand pounds less. Despite the imposing girth, it takes turns with precision and remains composed in daily driving.

The steering feels heavy but inspires confidence. Despite having 580 horsepower, the ZL1’s power is easily modulated and delivered in smooth, linear fashion on its way to the 6,200 RPM redline. The magnetic ride control, limited slip differential, and the independent rear suspension help the car feel planted and stable.

Then there’s all that gorgeous noise. The ZL1 fires up with a throaty roar that any fan of internal combustion can appreciate. The engine emits a slight whine from the supercharger. At speed, the exhaust opens up at about 3,000 RPMs to let out a delicious growl. Letting your foot off the gas produces a wonderfully unrefined series of crackles and pops.

The convertible top does a good job of keeping wind noise at bay, though you’ll want to pack a lunch for the time it takes the roof to go up or down.

Given how good this car sounds, you might as well just leave the roof down.

Times’ take: A true muscle car with surprisingly refined ride and handling
Highs: Exquisite exhaust note and performance to match
Lows: heavy; vague transmission; Corvette price

Vital statistics:

Vehicle type: two-door convertible
Base price: $63,045
Price as tested: $65,800
Powertrain: 6.2-liter supercharged V-8
Transmissions: Six-speed manual; six-speed automatic
Horsepower: 580
Torque (pound-feet): 556
0-60 mph/quarter mile: 4.4 seconds/12.7 seconds, according to Car and Driver
Fuel economy (mpg): 12 city, 18 highway

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