Chevrolet’s popular and heritage filled 1LE package is making its return for 2017, and promises to bring even more bargain friendly performance than ever before to buyers that crave a bit more fun from their Camaro purchase.
A key change here is that unlike the old package, it will be offered on both the V8 and V6 engines for the first time ever. V6 models benefit from an all new sport tuned suspension that helps sharpen up its handling manners while four piston Brembo brakes, a mechanically limited slip differential, and 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Goodyear Eagle F1 tires help enhance its track oriented feel. Chevrolet engineers also transplanted the dual mode exhaust system and the fuel system from the SS to further improve it it’s performance and the overall soundtrack as well.
As expected, the V8 is the top choice, and it features GM’s familiar Magnetic Ride Control, an electronically operated limited slip differential, and six piston Brembo brakes. Unlike the V6 variant, the V8’s ATS-V inspired Recaro seats are standard equipment, but the Corvette’s Performance Data Recorder remains optional. According to Chevrolet, the package does not bring any major upgrades to its mechanical hardware, which means performance comes from either the carryover 335 horsepower 3.6 liter V6 or the SS variant’s 6.2 liter 455 horsepower. The exterior styling also does not change much, but 1LE grade variants standout thanks to a new front splitter, glare reducing satin black hood, and a specially designed three piece rear spoiler.
Chevrolet is offering the package on all manual transmission equipped V8 and V6 models with the first units arriving on dealer lots this fall. The base model and it’s 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder engine will not be offered with this package, but look for Chevrolet to reveal final performance and pricing details closer to its official launch.