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2013 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE track-ready package announced

March 28, 2012

For buyers of the manual Camaro SS, Chevrolet has announced plans to offer a 2013 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE package. It comes with aggressive styling enhancements and various components suitable for track work.

From the outside, the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE looks a few steps more aggressive than the normal Camaro SS. It features a bulging bonnet, a lower front spoiler, and a deck spoiler at the back. There’s also a set of matt grey 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Goodyear Eagle Supercar G:2 tyres.

Under the bonnet, the same 6.2-litre V8 that’s in the SS is nestled under the hood. It produces 318kW of power and 569Nm of torque. The package is only available with a bespoke six-speed Tremec TR6060-MM6 manual transmission, which feeds power into a 3.9:1-geared differential.

Chevrolet is calling the 1LE a combination of both the SS character, and the full-cream ZL1. Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer, recently said,

“That the 1LE breaks the three-minute lap at VIR [Virginia International Raceway] 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.”

Inside, the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE comes with a special flat-bottomed steering wheel, which Chevrolet says is great for heel-and-toe track driving, as well as a sueded-microsoft interior trim.

Other unique highlights include:

  • Larger, 27mm solid front stabilizer bar, and 28-mm solid rear stabiliser bar for improved body control
  • Higher-capacity rear-axle half shafts to cope with increased levels of traction
  • Strut tower brace for improved steering feel and response
  • ZL1-based 20 x 10-inch front and 20 x 11-inch aluminum wheels
  • 285/35ZR20 Goodyear Eagle Supercar G:2 tires front and rear (identical to the front tires for ZL1)
  • ZL1 wheel bearings, toe links and rear shock mounts for improved on-track performance
  • ZL1 high-capacity fuel pump and additional fuel pickups for improved fuel delivery during high-cornering

The package will be available in the US during the third quarter of this year. Prices will start at $40,000.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.