Updated with Action GIFs – 2017 Chevrolet CAMARO 1LE Track Pack Slides Into Chitown!



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Wondering what all the excitement about the 1LE Camaro is about?  Just check out the upgrade list for the manual-only performance special!  For the first time, the 1LE pack will also enhance the V6 Camaro too….

Overall, these are the core elements that make any Camaro seriously focused on a racetrack, and able to keep a 10/10ths pace for hours and hours of thrills.   The SS 1LE is a full three seconds quicker around Willow Springs than the standard SS — which is a huge improvement in controlled speed.  And one that you will certainly appreciate on the roads, too.

The new 1LE Camaros are set for a late Fall 2016 arrival, with the 1LE cars marked out by their satin black hood, splitter and three-piece rear spoiler.  We especially like how the satin black hood finish brings out the elegant, chiseled design lines of the new car.  Deep scoops in the central roof are also especially evident in these preview photos.

Still trying to find out the name of this gorgeous new 1LE green, too!1le animation

2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE performance package

2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE performance package

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  • 6.2L LT1 V8 rated at 455 horsepower, and six-speed manual transmission (automatic transmission not available)
  • Magnetic Ride Control
  • Segment-exclusive electronic limited-slip differential with 3.73 ratio
  • Unique forged aluminum wheels with 285/30ZR20 front tires and 305/30ZR20 rear tires
  • Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires with a compound developed exclusively for the Camaro – offering exceptional grip on the track 
  • Brembo brakes with new six-piston monobloc front red calipers – featuring the 1LE logo – and two-piece rotors. Measuring 14.6 inches (370mm) in diameter, the front rotors are 7 percent larger than Camaro SS
  • Track-cooling package, with engine oil, differential and transmission coolers
  • Suede steering wheel with shorter-throw shifter
  • Dual mode exhaust system
  • Recaro front seats with aggressive bolsters optimized for shifting and steering comfort
  • Satin black hood, front mirrors and unique three-piece rear spoiler
  • Satin Graphite front splitter and rear diffuser
  • Available PDR video/data recording system.

2017 Chevrolet CAMARO 1LE

New 1LE Packages Elevate 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.

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 lap times comparable with the previous-generation Camaro SS 1LE.

The new 2017 Camaro SS 1LE includes magnetic ride control with a new FE4 suspension tuning and a new, segment-exclusive electronic limited slip differential (eLSD). These changes help the new Camaro SS 1LE lap the Big Willow circuit at Willow Springs three seconds faster than the Camaro SS.

Additional features available on the Camaro SS 1LE package include Recaro seats and a Performance Data Recorder (PDR), both 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.

“Both 1LE packages reflect direct feedback from customers,” Oppenheiser continued. “The Camaro SS 1LE is designed for those customers who asked for an even more focused, more capable track car with a minimum of options. The Camaro V6 1LE is designed for those customers who asked for increased handling and track capability, married with the lighter, more nimble handling of the Camaro V6.”

The new 1LE packages are available in late 2016, on 2017 Camaro SS and LT V6 coupes equipped with manual transmissions. Both models are visually distinguished with a satin black hood, specific wheels and more. Pricing and performance data will be announced at a later date.

 

Camaro LT 1LE

The Camaro LT 1LE was developed to be the most track-capable sports coupe in its price class. Highlights include:

  • 3.6L V6 rated at 335 horsepower and matched with the six-speed manual transmission (automatic transmission not available)
  • FE3 suspension components (from the Camaro SS), including dampers, rear cradle mounts, ball-jointed rear toe links and stabilizer bars
  • Lightweight 20-inch forged aluminum wheels with Goodyear Eagle F1 245/40R20 front tires and 275/35R20 rear tires
  • Brembo 4-piston front brake calipers
  • Mechanical Limited-slip differential with 3.27 ratio
  • Standard track-cooling package, with engine oil, differential and transmission coolers
  • Suede steering wheel and shorter-throw shifter
  • Standard dual mode exhaust system
  • Camaro SS fuel system for higher-load cornering capability
  • Satin black hood, front splitter and unique three-piece rear spoiler
  • Unique high flow mesh upper and lower grille with satin black accents
  • Available Recaro seats and PDR video/data recording system.

 

“With a curb weight under 3,500 pounds, excellent front-to-rear weight balance and the precision of the FE3 suspension, the Camaro LT 1LE offers unmatched capability in its class,” said Oppenheiser. “As a result, it offers incredible performance for Camaro V6 customers.”

 

Camaro SS 1LE

The 2017 Camaro SS 1LE introduces the new FE4 suspension to the Gen Six Camaro – a performance-oriented chassis system with specific tuning for the Magnetic Ride dampers, springs and stabilizer bars. Additional highlights include:

  • 6.2L LT1 V8 rated at 455 horsepower, and six-speed manual transmission (automatic transmission not available)
  • Magnetic Ride Control
  • Segment-exclusive electronic limited-slip differential with 3.73 ratio
  • Unique forged aluminum wheels with 285/30ZR20 front tires and 305/30ZR20 rear tires
  • Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires with a compound developed exclusively for the Camaro – offering exceptional grip on the track
  • Brembo brakes with new six-piston monobloc front red calipers – featuring the 1LE logo – and two-piece rotors. Measuring 14.6 inches (370mm) in diameter, the front rotors are 7 percent larger than Camaro SS
  • Track-cooling package, with engine oil, differential and transmission coolers
  • Suede steering wheel with shorter-throw shifter
  • Dual mode exhaust system
  • Recaro front seats with aggressive bolsters optimized for shifting and steering comfort
  • Satin black hood, front mirrors and unique three-piece rear spoiler
  • Satin Graphite front splitter and rear diffuser
  • Available PDR video/data recording system.

FAST FACT: The 1LE package was developed in 1988 to make the Camaro more competitive in Showroom Stock road racing series and officially debuted in 1989. Four examples were reportedly built in 1988; with 111 built in 1989.

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