2015 Chevy Camaro SS 1LE
The folks over at General Motors gave us a 2015 Chevrolet Camaro SS with the 1LE package (a.k.a track pack) to experience for a week. In driving the car we got a good idea of how it handled and put down the power.
We had already experienced the 2015 Mustang GT and Dodge Challenger lineup, so the Chevy was the American muscle car missing from our list. The last Camaro I rode in was a late ’80s car and it didn’t blow me away. I wanted to see just how far the Chevy had come and how it compared to the rest of the modern muscle cars from the rest of the big three.
The SS 1LE is not quite as aggressive or as powerful as the Z/28, but that doesn’t mean it can’t offer a lot of track fun. But unlike some track focused machines it behaves itself pretty well on the street.
Click past the jump to read more information about the Camaro SS with the 1LE package, including our video review and driving impressions of the car.
The Camaro SS with the 1LE package is more aggressive looking than the standard SS. The first thing you notice is the flat black hood with air outlets that hint of the high performance. The front facia also looks more aggressive highlighted by the front splitter.
The lines on the rest of the car are pretty standard to the SS, with its bold sculpted lines. The rear end looks purposeful with the large black spoiler and the rear diffuser shows off the quad exhaust tips.
The interior presents very well. Although, if you start tapping around the dash and various pieces of trim, you’ll find out that there is a lot of plastic. However, if you just look at it with out tapping on it, you wouldn’t think it was plastic.
There are some very nice accents with micro-fiber suede on the flat-bottom steering wheel and inserts on the Recaro seats with leather side trim. The seats are very supportive and they hold you in tightly when you take a corner hard.
The gauges are easy to read and you can display the speed in digital form in the middle with an analog speedometer and tachometer on either side. The 1LE package also adds the ability to record you lap times, something useful when trying to get a bit faster on your favorite circuit.
What really makes the Camaro SS fun is the 6.2-liter V8 engine. The large engine puts out 426 horsepower which is very usable on the road. You do have to watch yourself when you take off as if you step on the gas too hard it will easily break traction.
With the 1LE package you get a special 6-speed transmission that is very good. The only thing that may take some getting used to is the shifting pattern as reverse is located all the way to the right and up.
Couple the engine and transmission together and you can rocket from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds and it can hit a speed of 155 mph. With those kinds of specs, you can keep up with much more expensive high performance sports cars.
Beyond the raw power the 1LE package adds improved suspension components. This makes it a very firm ride which comes in handy on the track (although it can be rough and a very bumpy road). When we took it on some curvy back roads it handled like a dream with very little body roll.
Now all this good handling, doesn’t mean that you can’t do a power slide. If you push it a bit in the corners the back end will slide out easily and providing you know how to handle it, you can get a good slide going.
The car we drove cost just over $41,000 with the 1LE package and backup camera.
As we said we took it on some great back roads. This video shows us giving our thoughts on how it drove while we experienced it. This is also the last year of the fifth-generation car and we talk a bit about the sixth-generation 2016 Camaro that will debut in May.
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The 2015 Chevy Camaro SS with the 1LE package is a very fun machine. For the price it is hard to have that much fun in a car.
The question is should you buy it over the Mustang GT or a Dodge Challenger with the Scat Pack? If you are looking for a track toy that can also be driven each day on the road, then the SS 1LE is the better choice. It gets plenty of looks and will leave you with a huge smile. Oh, and did we mention the exhaust note?
The 2015 Chevrolet Camaro is very good and GM has their work cut out for them in building the 2016 car. Now we will look forward to getting our hands on that to see just how good it is.
Deaktop wallpaper of the 2015 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE