Certain things make me laugh; but not all of which make other people laugh. But I think, for any car lover, you can’t really have too much sympathy for this young guy who was probably out doing his best Justin Bieber impression in his new car. (By the way, that is the absolute one and only reference I will ever make about Justin Bieber on this blog, unless he does something even more annoying than his previous brat behaviour and his absolutely HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE music) The following is an article from the newsletter of BoldRide.com, “Modern sports cars are pretty advanced machines. Magnetic ride control, carbon ceramic brakes, electronic limited-slip differentials — all are there to help the driver when he has reached the limits of his skills. But nothing could keep one young driver from ditching a brand-new Camaro ZL1 in a swimming pool. In Northwest Harris County, Texas, someone that is being described as a “younger driver” lost control of his $60,000 (approx. Au$65,000 as at 8.4.14) Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, which spun out, skipped the curb and went flying into the pool. The driver was not hurt, save for his pride, and emergency crews needed a large crane to lift the Chevy coupe out of the pool.” The video that was posted on YouTube is here. The Camaro ZL1 features a de-tuned version of the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 from the ZR1 Corvette. In the ZL1 it makes 580 horsepower (427 kW), sent to the rear wheels through either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. It will get from zero to sixty in just 3.9 seconds on the way to a top speed of 184 mph. For those interested in the 2014 Camaro ZL1 – I have uploaded an e-brochure here and a spec. sheet here. In comparison, the ZR1 Corvette is powered by a handbuilt 6.2-liter LS9 aluminum block V8 equipped with a 4-lobe Eaton® Twin Vortices Series™ supercharger with intercooler, It delivers an SAE-certified 638 horsepower (469kW) at 6500 rpm and 604 lb.-ft. of torque at 3800 rpm. The engine employs lightweight titanium intake valves and connecting rods and contains a high-performance dry-sump oil system, which distributes pressurized oil from an external reservoir to protect vital components under high-g driving conditions.
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