Behind the Wheel: 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

By Trevor Dorchies | July 03, 2013
The rivalry between Ford and Chevrolet goes back over a century now. The Blue Oval Boys have competed against the Golden Bowtie in every segment from sedans to pickup trucks to sports cars. Those last two segments, pickup trucks and sports cars, have always been hotly contested by both Ford and Chevy. Both Detroit-based automakers control the light-duty pickup truck segment in North America but Ford has had the upper hand in that battle for over 35 years. The sports car segment is also close as each tries to out-do one another with the next Mustang or Camaro. We recently got our hands on the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and all 580 of its horsepower. This top-flight Camaro competes against the likes of the Dodge Challenger SRT and even more closely with the Ford Mustang GT500. Like the Shelby variant Ford offers, the Camaro ZL1 has robust power, a manual transmission that uses short throws, and has a exhaust system that gurgles and burbles at every downshift. This massive power and rowdy exhaust system makes for a fun ride while ripping up the back roads that surround your town, but how is it as a daily driver? We spent the week with a 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 to find out for ourselves firsthand. Check out our 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Quick Drive to see our verdict.