What better place than Daytona Beach and what better time than Daytona 500 weekend to introduce the most hardcore Camaro ever conceived? There is no better place, and there’s no better time.
The ZL1 1LE — good license plate by the way, get on that Rick Hendrick — houses Chevy’s most powerful engine and its best suspension components in one angry package. The ZL1 portion of the Camaro means that it comes equipped with the 650-hp LT4 mated to a six-speed manual with Active Rev Match. Brembo brakes with 1LE-branded calipers slow things down while passengers are treated to dual-zone climate control, premium audio and ventilated and heated seats inside.
The 1LE portion of the ponycar includes the sweet, adjustable spool valve suspension from the last Z/28 along with newly engineered adjustable camber plates. Chevy says all of the components are easily accessible and designed for quick changes at the track.
The newest ‘Ro gets forged aluminum wheels that are an inch wider than the ZL1’s and wear Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R tires that Chevy claims are good to 1.10g. The footprint of the tire is 10 percent bigger than the ZL1 but each corner weighs 1.5 pounds less. Overall, the Camaro lost 60 pounds over the basic ZL1 coupe.
“The track-focused 1LE package offers progressive levels of performance across the Camaro lineup, from the V6 1LE to the SS 1LE,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. “But with the new ZL1 1LE, the progression takes a quantum leap — this is the ultimate track-day Camaro.”
The package is good for an extra 3 seconds per lap at GM’s proving grounds.
The ZL1 1LE goes on sale later this year, pricing will be announced closer to launch.