The current Chevrolet Camaro already has a strong hold on the modern-day muscle-car segment, and come this fall, it will have an equally tight grip on the pavement: That’s because Chevy is unleashing a new 1LE performance package that draws its inspiration from the Camaro’s past involvement in Pro-Am road racing—and will enable more than 1 g of lateral acceleration.
“The Camaro 1LE combines the best elements of the SS and ZL1 to take road-racing performance to a whole new level,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. “That the 1LE breaks the three-minute lap at VIR [Virginia International Raceway] puts it in the upper echelon of performance cars. That it starts under $40,000 makes the Camaro 1LE one of the most affordable, most capable track-day cars offered by any manufacturer.”
According to Michigan Chevrolet Dealers, to help the car live up to Oppenheiser’s high praise, Chevy engineers equipped the Camaro 1LE with a wide range of goodies, including:
- A 6.2-liter V8 engine that delivers 426 hp and 420 lb.-ft. of torque
- Exclusive monotube rear dampers to optimize body control and ride quality
- Larger front (28-mm) and rear (27-mm) stabilizer bars for improved control
- Higher-capacity rear-axle half shafts that were designed specifically to manage the LE1’s improved levels of traction
- A strut tower brace that heightens steering feel and response
- The same wheel bearings, toe links, rear shock mounts, and high-capacity fuel pump found in the Camaro ZL1
- Goodyear Eagle Supercar G:2 tires (the same ones used on the front of the ZL1)
- An exclusive Tremec six-speed manual transmission with a higher final-drive ratio than on the Camaro SS and a standard air-to-liquid cooling system
According to Chevrolet Dealers Los Angeles, the Camaro 1LE also gains a dynamic and expressive appearance upgrade as well, with a matte black hood, front splitter and rear spoiler, along with black-finished 10-spoke 20-inch wheels. In the cabin, the ZL1 contributes its flat-bottomed racing-style steering wheel and short-throw shifter, too.
“With the 2013 model year, Camaro offers something for almost every driver, including: the 323-horsepower, 30-mpg 2LS; the all-new, 580-horsepower supercharged ZL1 convertible; the COPO Camaro for drag-racing; and the new 1LE for amateur track days,” said John Fitzpatrick, Camaro marketing manager. “We expect the range of choices, and enhancements for 2013, will help Camaro remain America’s most-popular sports car.”
Check out the Chevrolet Camaro at Chevrolet Dealer Milwaukee or your local Chevrolet dealer.