According to Autonews, the new Camaro 1LE will premiere at the Chicago Auto Show, which begins on February 11 at McCormick Center. A sixth-generation Camaro debuted in 2015. The 1LE is Chevrolet’s move to add a driver-centered racetrack version to the model range.
Chevy had already announced it would debut their updated Trax, Colorado and Silverado models. The LE will top out the sixth generation Camaro range, but only for now. A ZL1 is on the slate for the next couple of years, and has been seen testing in Europe.
The LE is based on the Camaro SS platform. The sixth-generation Camaro SS is an impressive car with a naturally-aspirated 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine. The 1LE may be tweaked to produce a little more than the SS’s 455 hp, but right now it is unknown whether there will be a noticeable shift in horsepower. With the LE, Camaro is focusing on the performance race car driver, so the suspension system and brakes have been revised to make the car more racetrack ready.
The 2017 Camaro LE has been seen in spy shots and a spy video. It shows different wheels, a stickier rubber on the four corners of the car to make it corner faster, 6-piston front brake calipers, and the revised suspension system. The larger wheels are made from 20-inch forged aluminum wheels that are wrapped in Goodyear Eagle F1 245/40R20 tires at the front and 275/35R20s at the rear.
To keep the car performance ready, the LE also has a track package with oil, differential and transmission coolers, a mechanical limited-slip with a 3.27 ratio, a short-shifter, the fuel system from the SS, plus dual exhausts.
The Camaro 1LE has Recaro seats and a Performance Data Recorder (PDR) video/data recording system that lets you record laps speed and performance data. It comes with a black matte hood that is drawing mixed reviews. The outside also has a three-piece real spoiler, and front mirrors. There’s a front splitter and a rear diffuser. Inside, there’s a suede steering wheel. The entire car comes in under under 3,500 pounds.
If you want a V8, it is manual only, which should please true muscle car enthusiasts. There is an FE4 suspension tuned for the magnetic dampers, an electronic limited-slip differential with a 3.73 ratio, even stickier Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires, six-piston Brembos with two-piece rotors measuring 14.6 inches (370mm).
Chevrolet is already looking at considering a new Z/28 in the future, but until that occurs, the LE will have to satisfy drivers who want speed and performance and value. The LE is expected to only add about $3,500 to the retail package, which provides excellent value to consumers.