Chevrolet has released some details for its road-racing inspired Camaro 1LE performance package, which offers to provide the driver an exhilarating experience with its distinctive suspension tuning, gearing and tires. Camaro offers 1LE performance package only on Camaro SS coupes with manual gearboxes, allowing the vehicle to be capable of more than 1G of lateral acceleration and a sub-three minute lap time at Virginia International Raceway’s Grand Course.
According to Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer, the Camaro 1LE combines the best elements of the SS and ZL1 to take road-racing performance “to a whole new level.” Oppenheiser revealed that that 1LE’s three-minute lap record at the Virginia International Raceway’s Grand Course places it at the upper echelon of performance cars.
Camaro chief engineer’s said that for a starting price of under $40,000, the Camaro 1LE is one of the most affordable, most capable track-day cars. With consumers entering the 1LE in amateur-racing events, Chevrolet is seeking approval from the Sports Club of America to allow the 1LE package for Touring Class competition.
All of the 2013 Camaro SS models including the 1LE will feature standard variable-effort electric power steering as well as a dual-mode exhaust system. The 2013 Camaro LT, SS and ZL1 models are available with Chevy’s color touch radio with MyLink infotainment system.
According to John Fitzpatrick, Camaro marketing manager, the 2013 model year of Camaro provides a wide range of choices for different drivers: the 323-horsepower 30-mpg 2LS; 580-horsepower supercharged ZL1 convertible; the COPO Camaro for drag-racing; and the new 1LE for amateur track days. Fitzpatrick said that the wide range of choices will help the Camaro retain its spot as America’s most popular sports car. Camaro posted a nearly 20% hike in sales for the first two months of 2012. The 1LE package will be available for sale with the 2013 Camaro line this fall.