Chevy’s ZL1 is already a total monster on the track, but now the brand is offering a 1LE performance package which could very possibly mean we all need to brace ourselves for the beastliest Camaro to ever hit the streets.
AU Editor’s Note: Yes, I know we don’t get the Camaro in Australia — yet, at least. One day it might come over to replace the V8 Commodore… Either way, this article is something for you to feast your eyes on and imagine roaring around your street corner. — Cam
Chevrolet’s 1LE packages for the Camaro are all about making the car better in the twisties. And since the Camaro ZL1 already seems like a beast on the track, it comes as no surprise that the 1LE track package brings in some heavy-duty hardware.
The most obvious change with the 1LE package is the big one-piece carbon fibre wing and massive integrated front dive planes — additions that likely provide significant downforce benefits for maximum cornering grip. Roadshow reports that the satin black hood, mirrors and wheels are also part of the 1LE package, as is the exposed carbon fibre hood extractor.
The ZL1 1LE’s engine bay houses the same 650 horsepower, 295kg-ft 6.2-litre LT4 V8 (mated to a six-speed manual) as the standard ZL1, but the track package does offer a number of significant mechanical changes, particularly in the suspension department.
For one, the 1LE adds standard Multimatic DSSV dampers with adjustable ride height up front. On top of that there are adjustable camber plates, an adjustable rear sway bar, and enormous Goodyear Eagle F1 tires (305 section up front and 325 out back). That’s a freaking foot wide! Each rear tire!
There’s also some weight savings to the 1LE package, as Roadshow reports that the Zl1 1LE shaves 27kg from the standard car thanks to a lighter rear bench, and especially thanks to the updated suspension bits.
The car tech site reports that the 1LE cuts three seconds off of GM’s 5km Milford road course lap times compared with the regular ZL1, so clearly those aero and suspension improvements are doing their job.
No word on how much the 1LE package will add to the standard ZL1’s $US61,140 ($79,659) base price, but the Camaro SS 1LE’s ZL1 package adds $US6,500 ($8,469) to the base price, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if the ZL1 1LE cost close to 70 grand.