2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE adds 10-speed auto option

Chevrolet has made some revisions to its flagship Camaro for the 2019 model, making it more accessible to a wider market audience. Yep, the Camaro ZL1 1LE will soon be available with an auto transmission.

Coinciding with the model year 2019 update, the new Camaro ZL1 1LE will be offered with a 10-speed automatic transmission for the first time, late in February. Despite being a hardcore, track-focused variant, the auto transmission should open up the orders to more buyers.

The transmission is set to help reduce lap times on long circuits, such as the Nurburgring, and drivers can rapid-fire through the gears thanks to the paddle shifters. In fact, Chevrolet says users can expect to shave “several seconds” from their lap times on long circuits compared with the standard six-speed manual. Camaro chief Engineer Mark Dickens said:

“This transmission is optimised for speed. With unique Track Mode calibrations and 10 gears, you are always in the perfect gear when rolling on or off the throttle. You may not be a professional race car driver, but now you can shift like one.”

Chevrolet says the new transmission option also sees some revisions to the rest of the driveline to ensure it is all optimised to suit. For example, the electric limited-slip differential has been recalibrated, as well as the performance traction management system. The Multimatic DSSV dampers have also been tuned to accommodate the quicker gear shifts and different weight transfers they bring.

The rest of the ZL1 1LE package remains as before. It includes proper downforce-producing aero components, adjustable suspension, bespoke aluminium lightweight wheels and Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R tyres, and the 485kW/650hp LT4 supercharged V8. Brembo brakes and a Bose sound system are also part of the mix.

Chevrolet says the new package will be available from US$7500, on top of the cost of the relevant Camaro, while the auto transmission requires a further US$1595.

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.