Car and Driver: 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible vs. 2012 BMW M6 Convertible

BMW M6 | October 8th, 2012 by 5
2012-bmw-m6-convertible-and-2013-chevrolet-camaro-zl1-convertible-photo-474859-s-1280x782

Car and Driver delivers a somewhat unusual comparison. While the BMW M6 Convertible is often compared to the Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG or Maserati GranTurismo, this …

Car and Driver delivers a somewhat unusual comparison. While the BMW M6 Convertible is often compared to the Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG or Maserati GranTurismo, this time, the high-end premium cabriolet goes against the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible. Here is the reasoning behind it, as C&D describes it:

“But why these two, here, together? Because aside from their highly divergent sticker prices, these two are like members of a common species whose evolution was separated by an ocean. The M6 and the ZL1 are both sedan-based, rear-drive, four-seat droptops powered by blown V-8s; one a very German take on the concept, the other quintessentially American. Both live to display.

By pairing it with the Camaro ZL1 convertible—base price, $61,745—we aim to see how much of the M6’s strut can be had for less. Much less. As tested, the ZL1 costs $552.50 less than half of the M6’s sticker.”

Car and Driver: 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible vs. 2012 BMW M6 Convertible

Here is an excerpt from the review:

“That the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 so easily shrugs off its burden also makes those pounds easy to forgive. Here we have a Camaro with 580 horsepower competing against a car that waltzes away from it—despite hauling more weight with less horsepower. We didn’t see that coming. The BMW hits 60 mph in four seconds flat—0.4 ahead of the Chevy—and holds that advantage through the quarter-mile, which takes just 12.3 seconds.

The ZL1 handily beat the M6 on the skidpad, 0.97 g versus 0.92, but the BMW took the slalom honors. Credit the suspension tuning enabled by its more rigid structure and consequent body-control advantage. At its limit, the M6 feels vastly lighter than it is and maintains an immediacy and balance superior to the ZL1’s.”

Which one takes the win?

“The ZL1’s greatest joy is its LSA supercharged V-8. Every combustion stroke is a chest thump, and the quad tailpipes bellow a rally cry for redline shifts. The heavy, snappy clutch feels appropriate. In comparison, the BMW’s synthesized warp-drive soundtrack is just weird. Thanks to its boisterous engine and clutch calibration, driving the ZL1 feels like more of an event. The M6 isn’t engaging until you’re flat-out, when its superb balance (for such a big, heavy car) reveals itself. The ZL1 is always engaging, if for no other reason than the exhaust roar drowns out all thoughts except a Jacob Silj–like Now we’re going faster! BMW builds a fine car, but for mere bantam-rooster money, the Camaro is the better peacock.”

Full review can be found here

 

  • Giom

    The bottom line for me, these cars shouldn’t be driven together. Again, you’re looking at two different markets, and I mean different. The one has money, lots of spare cash and nothing to prove with his purchase. The other one is probably spending his last disposable dollar on the ZL1. That is good enough for him. The M6 guy will always know he’s driving the real deal, the one the ZL1 guy can never afford.

  • ///MPOWER

    Here we go again, this was the same statement made by the Journalist that did the comparison with the ///M5 & the CTS-V, and he made a crucial point, quot thus “a car that feel’s fast doesn’t mean that it is fast”, and we all see that the ///M5 Butcher the CTS-V, and here is the same statement again!. I bet if they had put them for a lap time they wouldn’t be so happy!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrdR_0fBx0s

    • The German

      Actually the ZL1 was faster than the M6 in the German TV-magazine “Turbo”. And if a German car loses in a German magazine – that really means something.

  • fredyschiftan@aol.com

    Hey Journalist I wont even read your comments , nobody cares. He is again trying to be interesting and make a sensation ! but he is making a fool of himself.

  • Pingback: Car and Driver: 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible vs. 2012 BMW M6 Convertible - McKennaCars: AutoNetwork

3D Design 125 125 125 125 Endurance Warranty

Find us on Facebook

BMWBLOG

NEWSLETTER