Competition: 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE

2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE

Taking their Shelby GT350 killer one step further, Chevrolet has announced their next big track toy in the 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE – what they’re calling the most track-capable Camaro ever.

The 1LE package has always been the go-to box of goodies for the track guys, but now they’ve added it to the fire-breathing Camaro ZL1 for 2018. A car that just recently tested at over 202 mph in Germany, it’s almost surreal they felt it needed more, but here it is.

Saying it though, ZL1 1LE is almost a tongue twister. It’s not quite the same backwards and forwards but in a crowded bar nobody could know the difference. In the case of this car however, the purist enthusiast will.

This ZL1 bill of materials is of course a bit different than the ones you’ll find with the SS or the V6 Camaro. It starts with what you see here including a huge carbon fiber rear wing. The front fascia also gets an aggressive set of air deflectors and dive planes – all to keep downforce at those 200 mph velocities.

It also has the Multimatic Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve (DSSV) dampers front and rear, pretty much exotic hardware. The front ride height is adjustable and the front dampers also come with adjustable camber plates. At the rear suspension you can adjust the anti-roll bar.

Rolling stock is also heavily upgraded with a new set of ultra-lightweight forged aluminum wheel, one inch wider than the ZL1’s stockers. They’re also one inch smaller in diameter both front and rear to make them a bit more realistic for hard core track duty.

They come mounted with specially developed Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R tires that warm up quicker and have a total package weight along with the wheels some 1.5 pounds less per. Chevrolet says that along with the suspension mods, the ZL1 1LE achieves 1.10g of cornering grip.

It’s also lighter by about 60 pounds by way of the aforementioned wheels, but also lighter dampers, a rear glass panel with less thickness and a fixed rear seat instead of a fold down unit. Other notable goodies include red calipers for its Brembo brakes, climate control, heated and ventilated seats, and a heated steering wheel – for those cold track days.

The ZL1 1LE with its grippier and lighter chassis along with its 650-horsepower, supercharged LT4 engine and six-speed manual transmission is able to lap the General Motors Milford Proving grounds track a full 3 seconds faster than the standard ZL1 Coupe.

The 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE goes on sale later this year. Pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date.

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