Following a sneak preview Chevrolet now unveils the Camaro 1LE in its full glory. Inspired by road racing, the 1LE is a performance package for the 2013 Camaro SS to make it sportier and more fun. This is apparently aimed at those who cannot afford – or just don’t like – the 580-horsepower Camaro ZL1. The 1LE has a 420-hp V8 and a Tremec TR6060-MM6 six-speed manual transmission.
The 1LE gets a much more sophisticated suspension than the SS with larger, 27-mm solid front stabilizer bar, and 28-mm solid rear stabilizer bar for improved body control and strut tower brace for improved steering feel and response. The car also features ZL1-based 20 x 10-inch front and 20 x 10-inch aluminum wheels with Goodyear supercar tires.
The 1LE is distinguished from the SS thanks to a visual treatment consisting of matte black hood, front splitter and rear spoiler – as well as the 10-spoke ZL1-based wheels, which are finished in black. Inside you get the ZL1’s flat-bottom steering wheel, trimmed in sueded-microfiber and designed for easier heel-and-toe driving on the racetrack, and also the ZL’s short-throw shifter.
The 1LE is a nice package for those who are not satisfied by the Camaro SS. But we suggest you work harder, save up some money, and but the full-fat ZL1.