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2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE revealed, available with V6

February 11, 2016

The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE performance model has been revealed, and it will be available with a V6 engine for the first time. It makes its debut at the Chicago auto show this week.

2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE V6-V8

For those who know their performance Camaros, the 1LE is a special package that introduces a range of enhanced, track-ready components for the muscle car. And it’s no different for the new 1LE, based on the sixth-gen Camaro.

In the lower-spec V6 form, customers get standard Brembo brakes, 20-inch alloy wheels with Goodyear Eagle F1 tyres, and stiffer sports suspension compared with the regular model. Under the bonnet is a 250kW 3.6-litre V6 engine (335hp).

Stepping up to the SS-based 1LE, it adds magnetic ride control sports suspension as standard, along with an electronic limited-slip differential, with Recaro seats and a performance data recorder included inside. The Recaro seats and data recorder will be optional on V6 models. Powering the SS is a 6.2-litre V8 churning out 339kW (455hp).

The Camaro 1LE has a long history spanning back to 1989, although, it did go on hiatus from 1999 until the 2013 Camaro was launched. Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer, spoke about the package in a statement, saying:

“Start with a lightweight, stiff structure and then add higher levels of suspension stiffness and damping, more aggressive tires, higher downforce, more powerful brakes and more cooling. The result delivers better performance in all measures.”

Chevrolet will give the 2017 Camaro 1LE a proper public unveiling this week at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, starting today.

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.