There are two sorts of suspension out there on the ZL1: commonplace magnetic dampers or fancy DSSV (dynamic suspensions spool valve) dampers from motorsport agency (and Ford GT producer) Multimatic. Gary’s automotive has the magnetic dampers, that are mentioned to be extra chilled than the DSSV ones, so heaven is aware of how tightly managed the ZL1 feels with these, as a result of it’s already fairly strong and responsive even with these. It’s a hardcore automotive.
Likewise by way of straight-line pace. With its computerized gearbox and an influence output that begins with a mere seven, you would possibly count on it to really feel positively wimpish in contrast with the Mustang. Not a little bit of it: they’re each sensationally, gigglingly, brilliantly quick, comparable in thrills and tempo however completely different in character.
They arrive to the identical finish from completely different beginning factors, and each are undeniably muscle. By doing issues his personal manner, Gary has managed to save cash in contrast with the extra company route. He reckons that, all instructed, you possibly can simply take the greenback value for the automotive and elements and, by the point they’re right here, name it kilos. He has spent about £75,000 on his ZL1, in contrast with a “from £115,000” for the CS850.
I’m not searching for a winner on this take a look at. We don’t all have the time or power that Gary does, however the technique does attraction to me. It’s clear he has lavished a whole lot of time and love on his Camaro, getting it to look the way in which it does and really feel the way in which it does. The CS850 feels much less particular person, which is a peculiar factor to say a couple of Mustang, provided that they’re uncommon and particular within the UK within the first occasion, even earlier than they get bespoke modifications and 850bhp. And it’s a really full, very competent, well-rounded package deal: a correct product.
If it have been my selection, I might extra simply think about my automotive’s bonnet open, outdoors an enormous storage on a heat summer time’s night, with a bunch of my very own instruments resting on the wing with the golden-hour solar warming my face, glad if envious of hotter winters and wider open areas.
Gary Handa’s modified Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
Worth £75,000 (estimated) Engine V8, 6162cc, supercharged, petrol Energy 770bhp Torque 737lb ft Gearbox 10-speed computerized Kerb Weight 1760kg Zero-62mph three.5sec (estimated) High pace 180mph (estimated) Financial system 20mpg (estimated)