Chevrolet Debuts Track-ready ZL1 1LE 2018 Camaro


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The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro lineup will go on sale this summer.

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The 2018 Camaro lineup is now headlined by the track-day model, the ZL1 1LE, which includes racing-based suspension, aero technologies, and Goodyear Eagle F1 supercar 3R summer-only tires, making the model the most extreme track-focused Camaro to date.

The ZL1 1LE Extreme Track Performance Package will cost $7,500, bringing the MSRP of the 2018 model to $69,995, which includes a $995 destination freight charge.

“In the long, storied history of Camaro performance, there’s never been another model that matches the capability of the ZL1 1LE,” says Steve Majoros, Chevrolet cars and crossovers marketing director. “With the addition of the new 650-horsepower ZL1 1LE, the Camaro lineup is more diverse and exciting than ever, offering customers the ability to select and personalize their ultimate performance car.”

Additional highlights of the ZL1 1LE include:

§  Downforce-producing aero: Unique features include a carbon fiber rear wing, specific air deflectors and dive planes on the front fascia that produce grip-generating downforce to help the car stick harder and drive faster in turns.

§  Adjustable suspension: Racing-derived, lightweight Multimatic Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve provides drivers with better wheel and vehicle control. The front-end ride height is adjustable, along with the caster geometry. The rear stabilizer bar also offers three-way adjustability.

§  Wheels and tires: Specific lightweight forged aluminum wheels are an inch wider but an inch smaller in diameter, front and rear, than standard ZL1 wheels. The overall footprint grows approximately 10 percent over the ZL1, but the wheel-and-tire package weighs about 3.3 pounds less per corner.

§  Lighter weight: The lighter wheels and dampers, along with thinner rear glass and a fixed-back rear seat, contribute to an approximately 60-pound lower curb weight than a standard ZL1 Coupe. 

§  Supercharged performance: The power behind the ZL1 1LE is the 650-horsepower, supercharged LT4 engine backed by a six-speed manual transmission featuring Active Rev Match. Brembo brakes are also included, along with dual-zone automatic climate control, Bose premium audio system, heated/ventilated front seats and heated steering wheel.

The Camaro lineup is offered in LS, LT, SS, and ZL1 models, which are available in coupe and convertible body styles. The performance-oriented 1LE package is offered on LS, LT, SS and ZL1 coupes, with track-focused content specific to each model. The entire 2018 lineup goes on sale this summer. 

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