I must admit I am a huge muscle car fan; I just love the classic tough look they bring to the table. The strong lines emphasized throughout many muscle cars are indistinguishable, and if you prefer a throaty, beast of an engine. You probably would find one stuck in one of these cars. But the argument is always the same; did they fix that live real axle? did they reduce the weight of the car? Is it really a good daily driver?
Throughout the many years that GM “General Motors” have been producing many muscle cars, Ford has always been nick to nick in competition with them. But, no one could give you a straight winner in any case or scenario, one was better or equal to the other; and the story takes a twist this time, unless you buy the 135kg heavier Camaro ZL1 Convertible (Don’t). Now let’s get to the bread and butter of the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, powering the ZL1 is a Super-charged 6.2L V8 which puts out 580 horse power and 556 lb-ft of torque, as opposed to the significantly more lively Shelby’s GT500 5.8Liter Super-charged V8 that produces 650 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque, and it can reach 325 km/h with a 0-100 time of 3.5 seconds.
By now, you are probably wondering how stupid Chevrolet is for even bothering to take on the Shelby GT500, or why I decided to review the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 instead. To answer your rampant questions, I wanted to talk about the underdog, instead of mumbling about the world champion which in my opinion looks the part. The 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is priced at Dhs. 206,500, and is offered with a six-speed manual and GM’s new Magnetic Ride suspension to increase driver comfort. Chevrolet also says on their website “World-class braking and 4-wheel independent suspension you can’t get on a Mustang”. A very interesting factor about the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is that it can hit 0-100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds, which is as fast as the much more expensive 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet. Now, the only thing is it won’t do 325 Km/h it can do 296 Km/h and a quarter mile in 12 seconds. The (automatic) Camaro is also smarter, it can recognize the driver is being aggressive through throttle, allowing the downshifts and upshifts hold lower gears for a much more responsive ride. Let’s examine the braking and the handling of the all-new 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, Chevy says “You can have the most powerful, supercharged engine in the world, but if you don’t have the technology to support it, what do you get? A whole lot of power you can’t use.” which explains the use of Brembo brakes to provide that extra component of a track car, backed up by performance traction management tech taken from the Corvette ZR1.
It is up to you to decide if you would go for the 2013 Shelby GT500, or the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1; both are good, the Shelby GT500 is faster indeed, steers better, Dhs 23,000 more expensive, and weighs less (but still has a live rear axle). The Camaro brakes are better, the manual shifter is better, cruises better, relatively cheap, and confident.
To make it easy for you to choose, if you are looking for a scary menacing extremely fast car; go for the 2013 Mustang GT500 and do a brake upgrade and you are ready to roll around town. If you are looking for a better ride, a good daily driver, better seats, and an always consistent car; then go for the 2013 Camaro ZL1.