2011 SEMA Show: Chevrolet Camaro 1LE Concept is a mix between two muscle cars

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 1, 2011

The Camaro 1LE Concept, which was unveiled today at the 2011 SEMA Show, is the kind of muscle car we like because it borrows production components from both the Camaro SS and forthcoming Camaro ZL1 in order to deliver a competition-ready package. This means that the legendary 1LE option code designation returns to the Camaro as a concept (for now, but we are sure that GM has a surprise for us in the future) in order to carve up road courses.

Some of the highlights of the Camaro 1LE are the Victory Red exterior color with graphics on the front fender, a satin black splitter, rocker panels, rear spoiler and outside mirrors, electric power steering, sport suspension featuring the Magnetic Ride Control as well as a six-speed manual close-ration transmission.

Moreover we find lightweight 20-inch wheels in satin black wrapped in Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar G asymmetrical tires taken from the Camaro ZL1, new Brembo six-piston front calipers with two-piece front rotors, and four-piston rear calipers (Chevrolet Official Licensed Product), a new dual exhaust outlets with ZL1-style active exhaust and diffuser and shock tower brace, a red engine cover produced by Chevrolet Accessories.

The interior shows some black leather with Light Stone stitching, Graphite Silver door and instrument panel inserts, a ZL1 shifter with Light Stone stitching, a ZL1 flat-bottom steering wheel and a new pedal kit manufactured by Chevrolet Accessories.

“The Camaro 1LE concept is all about the track,” said Al Oppenheiser, chief engineer for the Camaro. “It’s an all-out race car package that pays tribute to that special option from the past.”

Chevrolet certainly knows how to pay tribute to its heritage. The first generation Camaro that came out (between 1967 up to 1969) has a close resemblance to the latest 2010 Chevrolet Camaro model.

The sports coupé arrives with the same signature proportions just like the classic. Measuring 2,852mm on the wheelbase, it seems as if the legendary two-door sports car has completely reincarnated.

The 2010 Camaro’s overall dimension falls between 4,836mm long, 1,918mm wide and 1,376mm tall. The coupé’s aerodynamic features are enhanced by its 67-degree rake windscreen, extensive hood and wide deck down to the edge of the bumper.

Chevrolet Camaro’s V8-powered SS model and V6 engine variant boast of 0.35 Cd and 0.37 respectively. The redesigned wheel arches houses the standard 18-inch wheels as well as the 19-inch and 20-inch optional wheel sizes. Meanwhile, the distances between the fenders and the tyres on any of the variants available are exactly the same.

The aluminium hood evokes the same “high-performance” vibe found on the classic Camaro model. Every Camaro also comes with the iconic V nose design with its 63.5mm power domes. The only difference between the SS and theV6 model is that the more powerful engine has bigger lower intakes while the SS V8’s simulated air intakes are placed near the front fascia’s upper portion. As if nothing ever changed, the peculiar “shark gills” (or side vents) can be found at its usual place.

When viewing atop, we can see that Chevrolet has employed the Corvette’s twin cockpit design on the new Camaro model. Any other way, the obscure B-pillars only add to the coupé’s hardtop appearance. This design is intended to give the Camaro a more rigid stance.

Chevrolet designers also made sure that the new Camaro is manufactured in high quality standards. In this case, they applied a “one-piece body stamping” technique so that there will be no residue anywhere along the sides.

Whatever suits your mood, the new Chevy Camaro will be offered in ten colourful varieties. These shades are the Imperial Blue (Metallic), White, Cyber Grey (Metallic) Silver Ice (Metallic) and Black. There are also more vibrant shades to choose from which includes the Red Jewel, Inferno Orange (Metallic), Rally Yellow, Aqua Blue (Metallic) and Victory Red.

Press Release

Camaro 1LE Concept

Born in the Camaro's third generation and refined further in the fourth generation as a road-racing performance package, the legendary 1LE option code designation returns to the Camaro as a concept intended to carve up road courses. While only a concept, it borrows production components from both the Camaro SS and forthcoming Camaro ZL1 to deliver a competition-ready package. Hash mark graphics on the front fender are pure Chevrolet racing cues, too.

Vehicle highlights:

  • Victory Red exterior color, with flat black hood and hash mark extensions
  • Satin black splitter, rocker panels, rear spoiler and outside mirrors
  • Sport suspension featuring Magnetic Ride Control
  • Electric power steering
  • Six-speed manual close-ratio transmission
  • Lightweight 20x10-inch (front) and 20x11-inch (rear) racing wheels (satin black)
  • Goodyear® Eagle F1 Supercar G asymmetrical tires (from the ZL1)
  • Brembo® six-piston front calipers, with two-piece front rotors, and four-piston rear calipers (Chevrolet Official Licensed Product)
  • Dual exhaust outlets with ZL1-style active exhaust and diffuser
  • Shock tower brace
  • Chevrolet Accessories red engine cover
  • Black leather interior with Light Stone stitching
  • Graphite Silver door and instrument panel inserts
  • ZL1 shifter with Light Stone stitching
  • ZL1 flat-bottom steering wheel
  • Chevrolet Accessories pedal kit

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