Chevrolet likes to play alphabet soup with the Camaro to get more performance. So when it comes time to get extra race day fun out of the Camaro SS, Chevrolet wants customers to ask for the “1LE”.
Available only with a six-speed manual transmission, the 1LE is a Camaro SS with a lot of extra handling goodies. In fact much is borrowed from the ultra-hot Camaro ZL1. In fact, although the 426 hp 1LE is at a 154 hp disadvantage to the ZL1, it was only about six seconds slower around Virginia International Raceway:
Six seconds may seem like much, but considering the ZL1 has 36% more power, it is not too bad at all (you probably still believe you could be an NBA star if you were one-third taller!) The reason this is so good is that Chevrolet borrowed so much from the ZL1′s parts bin, it is nearly copied in all way but the engine. ZL1 parts include, 20 x 10-inch front and 20 x 11-inch aluminum wheels on 285/35ZR20 Goodyear Eagle Supercar G:2 tires, liquid-to-liquid cooling system transmission, and high-capacity fuel pump and additional fuel pickups. The 1LE also has the ZL1′s wheel bearings, toe links and rear shock mounts for improved on-track performance.
Individual to the 1LE are larger, 27-mm/28-mm solid front/rear stabilizer bar and strut tower brace for improved steering feel and response. It also has a matte black hood, which pays homage to the Trans-Am racers who often found this essential to reduce glare.
Pricing for the 1LE package starts at $37,035. This adds about $3,500 to the price tag of the Camaro SS, but it undercuts the Camaro ZL1 by $17k. So it is time to ask yourself, are those six seconds worth $2,800 a tick?