Chevrolet has long been known to set new standards in terms of performance every time it releases a new model. The brand has once again shown this to be true with the track-capable Camaro model, the 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE.
Already recognized to be tuned for the tracks, the 1LE blueprint was not simply utilized by Chevrolet for this new model. In fact, prepare to be amazed with its new levels of performance and sophistication.
Aside from having been given aerodynamic technologies, it has been fitted with a suspension that is clearly based on racing. Those who want to take to an even higher level can opt to have the extreme track performance package which includes, among others, the exclusive Supercar 3R Eagle F1 summer-only tires from Goodyear.
During the preliminary tests that were conducted, it was revealed that when compared to the standard ZL1 Coupe, the ZL1 1LE was faster by 3 seconds. Said test was done on the Milford Road Course test track of General Motors which spans 2.9 miles and consists of 18 turns.
Under the hood of the ZL1 1LE is the LT4 supercharged engine which is capable of 650 hp and paired to a manual six-speed transmission which has Active Rev Match.
To improve aerodynamics, several revisions were made, one of which involves the rear wing, which is made of carbon fiber. The use of dive planes and air deflectors placed on the front fascia helped as well.
Another component is the adjustable suspension, specifically the Multimatic lightweight Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve (DSSV) dampers. Through the dampers, it makes it possible to adjust the ride height on the front. Meanwhile the stabilizer bar in the rear allows for three-way adjustability.
Having a lighter weight is clearly important and this is the third important factor. The use of lighter dampers and wheels combined with the rear glass (which is now thinner) helped lower the weight of the new ZL1 1LE by as much as 60 pounds (27 kg).
Assisting with the performance as well are the wheels and tires, with the former made in forged aluminum. The wheels were made wider by an inch though the diameter was lowered by that same figure.
Other features include the Brembo brakes having red calipers and sporting the 1LE logo. There is also the heated steering wheel, heated/ventilated front seats, and the automatic dual-zone climate control. Those who want entertainment will be able to enjoy it through the Bose premium audio system.
Chevrolet disclosed that sales of the 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE are scheduled to begin in the latter part of this year. Pricing will be revealed close to its sales date.
Camaro chief engineer Al Oppenheiser said that the 1LE package has always been about offering increasing performance on the Camaro range starting with the V6 1lE and all the way to the SS 1LE. However, with the ZL1 1LE, the same progression increased at a faster rate, making it the best track-capable Camaro.