The Camaro ZL1 was a beast and we loved roasting its fat tyres any chance we got - but now, the 1LE is here and it makes that one look like a mundane family saloon in comparison.
Revealed at the Daytona International Speedway ahead the Daytona 500, you can think of it as a combination between the current ZL1 and the last-gen Z/28, and that means, yep, it’ll tear up the track. In fact, it is a full three seconds quicker around the GM’s Milford Proving Grounds than the ZL1. Using the same 650 horse supercharged 6.2-litre LT4 V8 but suitably poked and prodded, and riding on DSSV spool-valve dampers (they debuted on the Z/28 and feature an adjustable ride height, adjustable camber plates, and an adjustable rear anti-roll bar) and packing a massive carbon fibre wing, the ZL1 1LE – only available with a six-speed manual – means business. It has a set of new, lightweight forged aluminium wheels which are an inch wider but an inch smaller in diameter than the ZL1’s front and rear, wrapped in sticky Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R tyres which deliver a maximum lateral grip of 1.10g.
We like the black bonnet wrap, clear carbon scoop, black taillights, and satin black mirrors and although this one makes the same output as the ZL1 we just know it’d be so much more outrageous to drive. After all, this is the most track-capable Camaro ever.
“The track-focused 1LE package offers progressive levels of performance across the Camaro lineup, from the V6 1LE to the SS 1LE,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. “But with the new ZL1 1LE, the progression takes a quantum leap — this is the ultimate track-day Camaro.”