New 1LE Packages Elevates Camaro Track Capabilities
Track package returns with more technology for V8 models, first time offered on V6
CHICAGO – The Chevrolet Camaro 1LE performance package returns for 2017,
poised to set new benchmarks for attainable track performance.
The package builds off the success of the previous-generation 1LE, offering
increased handling and track performance. In response to customer demand,
Chevrolet will offer two distinct 1LE packages, for both V6 and V8 models, each
visually distinguished with a satin black hood, specific wheels and more.
For the first time, the 1LE package will be available on Camaro 1LT or 2LT coupes
equipped with the 3.6L V6. Featuring more aggressive suspension tuning, standard
Brembo brakes and Goodyear Eagle F1 tires, the LT 1LE delivers an estimated
0.97G in cornering grip. Available Recaro seats will keep you planted through the
corners, and an available Performance Data Recorder will allow you to view and
share your track experience.
The new 1LE package for Camaro 1SS models includes magnetic ride control, with a
new FE4 suspension tuning and a new, segment-exclusive electronic limited slip
differential (eLSD). Paired with massive Goodyear Eagle F1 tires, lateral
acceleration will exceed 1G. Additional features available on the 1LE package
include standard Recaro seats and a Performance Data Recorder (PDR), new to the Camaro lineup.
As a result, the 1LE package elevates the award-winning performance that earned
Camaro the 2016 Motor Trend Car of the Year and Car and Driver 10Best awards.
“The Camaro 1LE packages follow a recipe any track-day enthusiast will appreciate,”
said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. “Start with a lightweight, stiff structure
and then add higher levels of suspension stiffness and damping, more aggressive
tires, higher downforce, more powerful brakes and more cooling.
“The result delivers better performance in all measures,” said Oppenheiser. “In our
development tests, the V-6 Camaro 1LE delivers lap times comparable with the
previous-gen V-8 model. The 2016 Camaro SS 1LE sets the new benchmark for the
segment, lapping the Big Willow track at Willow Springs three seconds faster than
the standard Camaro SS.”
The new 1LE packages are available in late 2016, on 2017 Camaro SS and LT V-6
coupes equipped with manual transmissions. Pricing and performance data will be
announced at a later date.
Camaro LT 1LEThe Camaro LT 1LE was developed to be the most track-capable sports coupe in itsprice class. Highlights include:3.6L V-6 rated at 335 horsepower and matched with the six-speed manualtransmissionFE3 suspension components (from the Camaro SS), including dampers, rearcradle mounts, ball-jointed rear toe links and stabilizer barsLightweight 20-inch forged aluminum wheels with Goodyear Eagle F1245/40R20 front tires and 275/35R20 rear tiresBrembo 4-piston front brake calipersMechanical Limited-slip differential with 3.27 ratioStandard track-cooling package, with engine oil, differential and transmissioncoolersSuede steering wheel and shorter-throw shifterStandard dual mode exhaust systemCamaro SS fuel system for higher-load cornering capabilitySatin black hood, front splitter and unique three-piece rear spoilerUnique high flow upper and lower grille with satin black accentsAvailable Recaro seats and PDR video/data recording system.“With a curb weight under 3,500 pounds, excellent front-to-rear weight balance andthe precision of the FE3 suspension, the Camaro LT 1LE offers unmatched capabilityin its class,” said Oppenheiser. “As a result, it offers incredible performance forCamaro V-6 customers.”Camaro SS 1LEThe 2017 Camaro SS 1LE introduces the new FE4 suspension to the Gen SixCamaro – a performance-oriented chassis system with specific tuning for theMagnetic Ride dampers, springs and stabilizer bars. Additional highlights include:6.2L LT1 V-8 rated at 455 horsepower, and six-speed manual transmission(automatic transmission not available)Magnetic Ride ControlSegment-exclusive electronic limited-slip differential with 3.73 ratioUnique forged aluminum wheels with 285/30ZR20 front tires and305/30ZR20 rear tiresGoodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires with a compound and constructiondeveloped exclusively for the Camaro – offering exceptional grip on the trackBrembo brakes with new six-piston monobloc front red calipers – featuringthe 1LE logo – and two-piece rotors. Measuring 14.6 inches (370mm) indiameter, the front rotors are 7 percent larger than Camaro SSTrack-cooling package, with engine oil, differential and transmission coolersSuede steering wheel with shorter-throw shifterDual mode exhaust systemRecaro front seats with aggressive bolsters optimized for shifting andsteering comfortSatin black hood, front mirrors and unique three-piece rear spoilerSatin Graphite front splitter and rear diffuserAvailable PDR video/data recording systemFAST FACT: The 1LE package was developed in 1988 to make the Camaromore competitive in Showroom Stock road racing series and officiallydebuted in 1989. Four examples were reportedly built in 1988; with 111built in 1989. The 1LE package was also featured on fourth-gen vehiclesthrough the 1999 model year, returning to the fifth-gen Camaro in 2013.Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doingbusiness in more than 115 countries and selling around 4.8 million cars and trucks a year.Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engagingperformance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features andeasy–to–use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be foundat www.chevrolet.com.Author: Camaro News