By   February 10, 2016

V8 and V6 Chevy Camaro With 1LE Package

V8 and V6 Chevy Camaro With 1LE Package

Last year Chevrolet let us enjoy a fifth-generation Camaro with the 1LE Package and it made for quite the machine. The car we were given even had the optional Recaro seats (and they are definitely worth the extra cost). The package transformed the already capable SS into a better handling more potent machine ready to take on the track.

This time around all the handling fun is also available for sixth-generation cars with the V6 power plant as well as the V8. The upgraded suspension, brakes and tires really allow you to perform better in the curves. However, it is the cooling improvements that are probably the biggest feature on the track as they help protect your engine when you put it through a grueling day of hard driving.

“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 V6 Camaro 1LE delivers lap times comparable with the previous-gen V8 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 1LE package for the V6 powered Camaro features:

  • 3.6L V-6 rated at 335 horsepower and matched with the six-speed manual transmission
  • 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 upper and lower grille with satin black accents
  • Available Recaro seats and PDR video/data recording system.

The 1LE Package for the V8 powered Camaro SS includes:

  • 6.2L LT1 V-8 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 and construction 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.

With all these go fast goodies on the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro, we can’t wait to get our hands on one of these hot machines. GM if you are reading this, we want an SS with the 1LE package to review when it is available. Until we experience it, we can all dream of driving one of these affordable track day performance machines.