In 2014, Chevy dropped the latest Z/28. It was so insane, that it only had one legally mandated speaker — to work as a seat belt chime. And late last year, we saw another track-ready Camaro, the ZL1, which was even more crushing. But the General just can’t leave well enough alone, and now there’s the Camaro ZL1 1LE. Track rats rejoice!
In case you’re not familiar with the alphabet soup-like designations of the General’s baddest machines, we’ll cut right to the chase: The Camaro ZL1 1LE is a blistering version of a vehicle that already eats exotics from storied marques like Lamborghini, Koenigsegg, and McLaren for breakfast on the track.
The engine is unchanged from the current ZL1, meaning power comes from a supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 pumping out a burly 650-horsepower and an equally nuts 650 pound-feet of torque. But in pursuit of lower lap times, the wizards inside Chevrolet’s performance division have added some more go-fast goodies to the ZL1’s already-potent platform.
Up front, the Camaro ZL1 1LE gets a set of Multimatic DSSV dampers, which utilize technology that was first found in Formula 1 cars, and has trickled down into every major racing series on the planet. As you’d expect, there are also some choice aerodynamic bits to keep it glued to the tarmac, including a big carbon fiber wing out back, and a redesigned front clip which integrates a suite of downforce-inducing dive planes. To help all the power get to the ground, the ZL1 1LE also rides on fat — front 305, rear 325 — Goodyear Eagle F1 rubber.
Of course, while the Camaro ZL1 1LE is an almost unparalleled performance bargain, it’s not going to be cheap. The standard Camaro ZL1 already commands nearly 62k, and the 1LE package will add at least another $6500 to the sticker.
That said? The recent surge of red-hot Camaro variants makes use think that the long-rumored mid-engine Corvette might actually be on the way. Because the Camaro is already intruding on the Corvette’s price point and performance levels, it makes sense the General might need to mount the engine of America’s Sports Car amidships in order for it to maintain its position as the brand’s performance halo.
Allocation is sure to be slim on the Camaro ZL1 1LE, so if you’re interested, we’d say a visit to your AutoNation Chevrolet dealer is in order. Pronto.