Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2016-09-21
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


VEHICLE REVIEW 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1: Addictive and outrageously fun
by Nick Kurczewski, Gaywheels, com

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

I knew it. I just knew someone, somewhere, would complain about the cabin plastics in a review of the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. [The guilty party shall remain nameless, for now.] Let me put this to rest: if you're worried about the grain of the plastic on the door panels, the center console—or anywhere else for that matter—then you've completely missed the point of this car. With its 580-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter V-8, this is officially the most powerful production Camaro to ever hit the streets. Coupled to that snarling and snorting engine is a six-speed manual transmission, or optional ($1,135) six-speed automatic.

There is nothing subtle about the Camaro, much less the ZL1. Even the base models have that sinister front end, kicked up rear fenders, and lowered greenhouse that makes almost every other car look painfully lame by comparison. The shallow glass also makes parallel parking an absolute nightmare but, hey, if you can afford the ZL1's base price of $55,250 (including destination), you can afford to park in a lot. Other than the mega engine, the ZL1 package adds a raised aluminum hood, a unique front fascia with curb-scraping front splitter, magnetic ride control suspension, high performance Brembo brakes, 20-inch alloy wheels, a heads-up instrument display, and a rear-view camera.

The ZL1 is basically loaded with everything you can throw onto a muscle car. Added to my test car was an eye-watering Rally Yellow paintjob with black racing stripes, carbon-fiber hood inserts, and micro-fiber suede on the dashboard. Maybe it's the latter option that allowed me to overlook the G.I. Joe quality of some plastics in the Camaro's cabin. My guess, however, is that all it took was the first jab of the gas pedal and the instant roar of the V-8 as the car lunged forward, pushing me hard into the driver's eat. This car makes you want to drive fast. All. The. Time.

What's even better is that the ZL1 isn't a one-trick pony, only capable of going fast in a straight line. Unlike its closest competitor, the even-more-powerful Ford Shelby Mustang GT500, the Camaro has an independent rear suspension. The Ford might dust the ZL1 in a drag race but, if corners are involved, I'd take the Camaro every time. On bumpy New York City streets or on the Turnpike headed to the Jersey shore, the ZL1's suspension impressed me for being firm and sporty, but not overly punishing. The handling is heavy, as are the throws of the six-speed manual and the calf-strengthening clutch pedal.

But the hairy-knuckled driving manners are consistent and, once you're used to them, it's hard to imagine driving a car that doesn't seem to be itching for a brawl. So long as no one in your posse plays center for the Knicks, there's room in the back for two adults—though visibility back there is on par with peeking out of a tank turret. The trunk is shallow but still capable of holding 11.3 cubic feet of cargo, which helps to make the ZL1 more than just a weekend plaything. Fuel mileage is pretty god-awful, as you'd expect. The ZL1's 19-gallon fuel tank runs dry fast when you're dealing with an EPA certified 14/19 mpg in city and highway driving. Did I forget to mention a $1,300 gas-guzzler tax also comes standard?

But like those cabin plastics, complaining about miles per gallon isn't the point of the Camaro ZL1—or any muscle car, for that matter. You're paying for the performance, the engine and transmission, look-at-me styling and the history attached to the nameplate. The ZL1 is addictive and outrageously fun. Case closed.

Auto news

—Legal wins: Porsche SE won a dismissal of the first two investor suits in Germany over charges the company lied about its failed Volkswagen AG (VOW) takeover plan four years ago, according to Business Week. The Braunschweig Regional Court said two press releases from Porsche didn't constitute "vicious behavior" that would have misled investors.

—Avis denied: In California, Lynn Evenchik sued an Avis car-rental place in San Diego because she did not receive a discount, even though Avis gave price discounts to members of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association and the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. She argued, among other things, that California's Unruh Civil Rights Act prohibits a business from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation. The U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, rejected Avis' motion to dismiss.

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


VEHICLE REVIEW 2016 Nissan Titan XD: All-new truck for an all-inclusive world 2016-08-23
Auto news 2016-08-23
AUTOS: VEHICLE REVIEW The 2016 Chrysler 300 hauls class 2016-07-26
AUTO REVIEW: 2016 Infiniti QX50, A few inches can make a big difference 2016-06-21
Auto news: HB2, Danica Patrick 2016-05-24
AUTOS: VEHICLE REVIEW 2016 Nissan Maxima Platinum: A four-door sporty car 2016-05-24
Auto news: lawsuits, recalls and more 2016-04-26
VEHICLE REVIEW 2016 Chevy Volt: Nice ... if there's a garage to charge 2016-04-26
AUTOS: VEHICLE REVIEW The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: The fast and the fabulous 2016-03-23
AUTO REVIEW 2016 Honda Odyssey minivan sturdy, if not the prettiest, minivan 2016-02-23
Auto show reveals 'Best of Show' results; other auto news 2016-02-23
Chicago Auto Show runs through Feb. 21 2016-02-17
Chicago Auto Show Feb. 13-21 2016-02-09
Auto show has new website, app 2016-01-26
VEHICLE REVIEW: 2016 Dodge Charger Rallye, rallying as much fun as racing 2016-01-26
Upcoming: Burning Bowl; Sam Kirk show; Travel show; 'Cabaret'; APIs group; Dancemakers; Autos 2016-01-06
Upcoming: March for Life; Auto show; New Year's lakefront 5K; Oscar night 2015-12-29
Elton John new CD; Auto show; Big Freedia; GLAAD Awards 2015-12-23
VEHICLE REVIEW 2016 Lexus RX: Eye-catching, very safe and very gay 2015-12-22
Auto news: recalls, gas prices, future thinking 2015-12-22
AUTOS: VEHICLE REVIEW 2015 Toyota Prius: A handsome, economical dullard 2015-11-25
VEHICLE REVIEW 2016 Hyundai Tucson: Bigger, buffer and sexier 2015-10-26
Maserati dealership opening in Winnetka, more auto news 2015-10-26
VEHICLE REVIEW 2015 Lexus GX 460: Got the money, honey? Get the RX 2015-09-30
VEHICLE REVIEW 2015 Toyota Camry hybrid still young and restless 2015-08-26
Auto news: Parking-spot shaming; Speed racer; Texas sticker harrasses 2015-07-28
VEHICLE REVIEW BMW 335i GT xDrive improves the quintessential sports sedan 2015-07-28
VEHICLE REVIEW 2015 BMW M4 convertible makes you feel naughty 2015-06-24
VIEWS Did court hurt or help with specialty license plate ruling? 2015-06-24
VEHICLE REVIEW That's so gay: 2015 Chrysler 300 big and butch as you are 2015-05-27
DeBoer, Rowse, Bonauto release statements on today's arguments in marriage cases 2015-04-28
National news shorts: Wedding in Texas; Autopsy, report differ; Gay priest dies 2015-03-03
Notes: Pantry to move; New Pastoral; Jim Brickman; Auto show's figures 2015-03-03
Signs of change abundant at Chicago Auto Show 2015-02-16
Internat'l motorcycle show Feb. 13-15 2015-02-11
Chicago Auto Show set for Feb. 14-22; Uber apologizes 2015-01-28
2015 Detroit Auto Show recap: Five best cars, three trends 2015-01-28
VEHICLE REVIEW 2015 Toyota RAV4: Better than your memory 2014-12-30
Auto companies at top of equality index-but why Hyundai ? 2014-11-26
Everyone loves the 2015 Mazda6 2014-10-22

Copyright © 2016 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.








About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.
[email protected]  •  [email protected]  •  [email protected]

Website Powered by