The 2018 Camaro ZL1 Scares Me.
There is a short list of things that scare me: Drowning, snakes, and high horsepower muscle cars. You can probably guess what I’m going to talk about
The 2018 Chevy Camaro ZL1 has a 6.2L supercharged v8 and a 10 speed automatic transmission. I’ve driven a ZL1 before, a 2013, and I loved it. The 6.2L is an amazing engine, that packs a punch bigger than The Hulk. That is undeniable, but I want to talk about the ten speed automatic. At first glance, an automatic in a muscle car seems like a no-no. This transmission really changed my opinion on that. You are able to shift the 10 speed with paddle shifters mounted behind the steering wheel, and I have never had so much fun with an automatic. One click and the car instantly downshifts, delivering crackles and pops you’d expect out of a dragon. Click the paddle twice and now you’re really cooking. I praised the 2017 Camaro 1LE for having automatic rev matching, and this feels the same way. You feel so much more in tune with a car when you nail a downshift, so why not nail every single downshift ever?
The interior is a lot plusher than its 2013 ancestor, but still lacks the feel of its European counterparts. I do really like the air vents, they are Chevy’s new design that makes the entire vent the knob for adjusting the temperature of the air. I love this concept, since it gets rid of unnecessary buttons. Visibility and the back seat are the two weak points of the ZL1’s interior, but if you buy a Camaro expecting good visibility and the ability to carry 4 people, I have some bad news for you.
Overall I feared the ZL1 for two reasons. The power and the price. If I put it into a ditch, I can kiss my career as well as any shred of money goodbye. The power isn’t unmanageable, it is just more than I feel comfortable with on public roads, especially in the winter during busy driving times like how I drove this Camaro. The ZL1 to me is like horror films. To my friends, I will tell them I can handle it no problem, to push forward a more macho idea of myself. But on the inside, I don’t want the stress and anxiety that comes with either of them.
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