Chevrolet Camaro 1LE: the $40,000 Track Car

Chevrolet is preparing to offer a rival for the Mustang Boss302, with the company announcing a 1LE performance package for the 2013 Camaro, in addition to confirming that the LT, SS and ZL1 versions have received the MyLink infotainment system.
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The 1LE is based on the SS with the manual transmission adding tech, exterior and interior extra goodies. The vehicle's 6.2-liter LS3 V8 delivers the same 426 hp and 420 lb-ft (569 Nm), but the six-speed manual has been tweaked for more precise shifts. However, the engine has received a dual-mode exhaust that offers a deep growl.

In addition to that, the power steering has also been upgraded for improved feedback, with a strut tower brace being mounted for the same purpose. The vehicle uses upgraded shock absorbers and stabilizer bars and rides on 20-inch aluminum rims that come with ZL1 bearings. The Camaro ZL1 uses a matte black hood, a front splitter and a rear spoiler, while inside we get a short-throw shifter and a flat-bottom steering wheel,

“The Camaro 1LE combines the best elements of the SS and ZL1 to take road-racing performance to a whole new level," "That the 1LE breaks the three-minute lap at VIR puts it in the upper echelon of performance cars. That it starts under $40,000 makes the Camaro 1LE one of the most affordable, most capable track-day cars offered by any manufacturer," said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer, highlighting the vehicle’s price.
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