Back in February, the 2017 Camaro 1LE was announced to enthusiasts from all over the world. It was rolled out by Chevy to counter Ford’s recently launched GT-350, as a track-ready, street-friendly pony car! Available in both V-6 and V-8 formats, this is a track package for the 6th-gens that we can’t wait to test drive. So, how do you tell the 1LE from the stock, bare bones Camaro? There’s a few ways.
The first indicator is the hood; the flat black/satin wrapped hood and side mirrors. This is a feature (kind of) carried over from the 4th gen 1LE Camaros, those had a black roof instead, and the 5th-gen had a black hood. The Krypton Green exterior paint is an exclusive option for the 1LEs only.
A special front splitter and rear lip spoiler are standard with the package. SS models get the Recaro bucket seats, which are optional with the V-6, and is covered with grippy cloth and microsuede inserts. Both models also get the Performance Data Recorder, which is a dash cam with analysis software — you’ve probably seen people using in it in the Corvettes.
V6s are getting the 1LE package for the first time. The V6 1LE Camaros are getting the SS suspension, as well as the SS fuel system that allows for higher-load cornering capacities. A dual mode exhaust system allows you to open up the V6 and make it growl at idle, while being able to enjoy quieter sound characteristics while traveling, so you’re neighbors are going to love you.
The V-6 is also getting enhanced cooling for the engine/transmission/differential, and Brembo front calipers. Grippy Goodyear Eagle F1 245/40R/20 front tires and 275/35R/20 rear tires plant it all. What it lacks in power, the V6 makes up for in handling. Thanks to the lightweight body and technology, the V-6 6th-generation 1LE is as fast the 5th-generation V-8.
The LT1 V-8 brings in a new FE4 suspension to the Camaro family. It’s also getting ‘specific tuning’ for the dampers, springs, and anti-roll bars. Aggressive Goodyear Eagle F1 rubbers in 285/30/20s are up front, with 305/30/20s in the back. Up front, larger aluminum rotors and six-piston mono block Brembo calipers do most of the slowing, while the rear is equipped with an electronically controlled limited-slip differential like the ones used in the Corvette. Chevy will offer the 1LE Camaros later this year as 2017 year models.
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