GM High-Tech Performance Blogs
It's been a busy month of testing at GMHTP
GM has been busy cranking out new models, and we have been all too happy to get some seat time. First on the docket we had the 2013 Camaro 1LE, which I flogged at Gingerman Raceway. Having driven my share of stock and modified 2010-2011 models on our test track, as well as Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch and Sebring International Raceway to name a few, it is clear that the new suspension design is a substantial improvement and the balance of the 1LE is difficult to match. The 1LE provides both the added grip and well-matched sway bars, to remove the plow-happy nature of the SS, that it so desperately needed. Feedback and driveability are taken to new heights, which really makes the 1LE a joy to push to its limits on a road course.
At this point the 2012 Camaro ZL1 is sort of old news, but at least we finally got our weekly loaner. It was a real joy to drive, a great balance between power, athleticism, and refinement. It was a beast when you want it to be, and docile when you don't. And every Camaro should come with that steering wheel.
The second part of our Michigan trip included the 2013 Camaro ZL1 Convertible. Unlike our coupe loaner, most of my time was confined to the automatic version, which I didn't mind. The new 6L90E is easily one of the most enjoyable automatics I have driven yet. Though I am an admitted Corvette lover, I would narrowly give the ZL1 rag-top the edge over the Grand Sport Convertible loaner we had a year or two ago. It is easily one of the most powerful convertibles on the market, and its handling was superb. I can't imagine a better car to cruise to the beach to, which is exactly what we did (life as an automotive journalist can be rough).
For the full story on all three, check out the upcoming issues of Camaro Now (on sale 10/2) and GMHTP (on sale 11/6).