Welcome back to My Wheels, Fares. The last time we saw you (issue 551), you had a fabulous black Camaro with Lamborghini-style doors. Still got it?
Thanks for having me back. The Black Shadow, as I like to call it, is now in storage in Lebanon. I sent it back there in May.
You must look forward to heading back each time to drive it...
I really do. It’s great driving it there because of the winding mountainous roads and being able to use the full potential of the car on open roads.
Being a manual transmission makes it a lot more interesting to drive on such roads as you are totally immersed and involved in actually driving the car and not just pointing it in the right direction!
I had done a lot of work to it and had made a few more modifications since you last saw it to improve performance. I’d changed the air filter and added headers and also did a dyno-tune to ensure that the extra horses actually went to the wheels.
The performance output is now over 540bhp and I also made some aesthetic changes, mainly to the engine bay, new wheels and LED lighting.
You must miss it, but you’ve got something else to keep you occupied — a Z06! When did it turn up and have you given it a suitable name?
Yep, I have — The Dominator! It arrived last month and has the Z07 package, which is the top of the range.
It features lots of carbon fibre parts to make it even lighter and carbon ceramic brake discs for extra stopping power.
I had looked into some other options such as the Nissan GT-R, Maserati Gran Turismo, Jaguar F-Type R and the Audi R8 but the Corvette grabbed my attention the moment I laid eyes on it.
You are very loyal to the Chevy brand but what was it about the Corvette that did it for you?
For me, the connection with one’s car is an emotional attachment, and that is certainly true for the Z06 — plus its performance is better than the others, except for the Nissan. It accelerates from 0-100kph in 3.0 seconds and has a top speed of over 300kph.
GM really made a lot of changes to the C7 over the last generation. The most striking thing is the modern shape and flowing lines; it is a beautiful piece of artistic design. There is also a lot of new technology, an improved Head-up Display, a Drive Mode selector and the touchscreen infotainment system has so many more features.
The interior quality is so much improved and Chevrolet has really paid attention to detail when it comes to this car.
And, best of all, like the Camaro, it’s a manual, which adds to the overall fun factor...
Real drivers use three pedals! It is the most amazing experience to have a short-shift seven-speed gearbox and be able to respond to the car’s needs just by listening to the sound of the engine.
It has 650 horsepower — but you have plans to increase this, right?
You know me very well by now! Yes, it is 650bhp but I will be tampering with the engine very soon. Just a few tweaks here and there to hit the magic number (for me) of 800bhp!
You must let us know how you get on. Does it get a lot of attention like the Camaro?
I would say more because even without modifications, this car is a true supercar and many people know that and appreciate a good thing when they see it. I am doing my part to promote Dubai with tourists who gather to take pics whenever I park it at sites such as Jumeirah Beach Road or JBR Walk.
We know you love them both but if you had to choose between them, which one would it be and why?
That is difficult because they are completely different cars. The Z06 is a true supercar that was born on the track and the Camaro is a pure muscle car but if I had to choose, it would be the Z06.
Finally, are you any closer to getting your dream car — a Lamborghini Aventador?
It is still a dream — but if you work hard towards achieving your dreams, they do come true!