If the new Camaro ZL1 isn’t enough car for you, you’re nuts! But Chevrolet nevertheless has something for you — the even more hardcore Camaro ZL1 1LE!
Billed as the ultimate track-day Camaro, at least fort he time being, the ZL1 1LE features a model-specific, race-oriented suspension system made from lightweight components and a number of aero technologies that help it slice through the air more efficiently.
Keep reading for ten amazing facts about the new, 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE…
1. Hardcore Origins
The new Chevy Camaro ZL1 1LE is a hardcore, track-oriented variant of the gen-6 Camaro. To create it, Chevrolet’s engineers took the and the Camaro 1LE (both shown above) and fused them together, taking the best each had to offer to deliver an exciting combination of big horsepower and raw performance.
Rather than just focus on brute speed and achieving epic quarter-mile runs, the ZL1 1LE opts to bend time and space in every way imaginable. That’s to say it’s not a one-trick pony car like the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon — what you get is both high speed and supercar-like handling.
2. Big Engine, Big Power
Packing the same supercharged LT4 V8 as the standard ZL1, as well as the Corvette Z06, the ZL1 1LE should have no problem holding its own at the drag strip. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual with with Active Rev Match and produces 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft. of torque.
What, that’s not enough power for you?
3. Enhanced Aerodynamics
The Camaro ZL1 1LE transcends the regular Camaro ZL1 on twisty tracks thanks in large part to a suite of new aero features that includes a carbon fiber rear wing, specific air deflectors and dive planes on the front fascia.
These modifications allow the car to produce more grip-generating downforce, helping it stick harder and drive faster in turns.
4. Adjustable suspension
Complimenting the enhanced aerodynamics is a retuned, track-focused suspension featuring lightweight Multimatic DSSV dampers at all four corners for superior wheel and vehicle control.
The front dampers can be used to adjust the front-end ride height of the Camaro ZL1 1LE, and, similarly, the rear stabilizer bar offers three-way adjustability.
For optimal performance, all adjustable components of the suspension have been designed for near instantaneous changes on the track.
5. Special Wheels and Tires
The 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE sports roll on new, specially-made lightweight forged aluminum wheels that are an inch wider but an inch smaller in diameter than those on the standard ZL1.
The wheels are shod in new Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R tires that deliver 1.10g of max lateral grip, warm up faster to help maintain more consistent grip and speed, and grow approximately 10 percent over the ZL1.
Despite its superior performance, the Camaro ZL1 1LE’s wheel-and-tire package weighs about 1.5 pounds (3.3 kg) less per corner.
6. Lighter weight
Chevrolet’s engineers went above and beyond to make the Camaro ZL1 1LE not only distinct, but also superior to the regular Camaro ZL1. Reduced thickness rear glass and a fixed-back rear seat, along with the lighter wheels and dampers, contribute to an approximately 60-pound (27 kg) lower curb weight.
I’m no math genius, but doesn’t having the same power as the Camaro ZL1 but a lighter curb weight equal to more speed, both in a straight line and around the corners?
7. Big Brakes, Short Stops
There isn’t a single area of the new Camaro ZL1 1LE that Chevy skimped or neglected. 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft. of torque can prove to be a handful for even the most seasoned race car driver, so what does this pony have in the way of stopping power? How about massive Brembo brakes with 1LE-branded calipers?
They come standard, FYI.
8. Putting it All Together
If by now you’re still not convinced that the Camaro ZL1 1LE is a better performance machine than the standard Camaro ZL1, we have some track numbers for you.
The ZL1 1LE was able to lap General Motors’ 2.9-mile long, 18-turn Milford Road Course test track 3 seconds faster than its lesser sibling.
Also, an automatic-equipped ZL1 set a 7:29.60 lap at the infamous Nurburgring, a whopping 11.67 seconds quicker than its predecessor and eight seconds faster than the fifth-generation Z/28. The ZL1 1LE will certainly deliver a better time when it eventually tackles the track.
9. Is it the Z/28 Replacement?
The fact that the Camaro Z/28 was the ultimate track-focused Camaro of the previous generation has led many to view the ZL1 1LE as its replacement. Is it? Almost, but not quite.
Firstly, Chevy uses the Z/28 name only for naturally aspirated cars, but the ZL1 1LE uses a supercharged engine. Secondly, ZL1 1LE is extreme, but it is no where near as extreme as the Z/28 in the way of weight savings.
The last Camaro Z/28 had its rear seats, sound deadeners, trunk carpeting and even air conditioning system removed all for the sake of reducing weight! You were essentially driving a frame with four wheels and an engine.
10. An Everyday Car
Don’t let its incredible performance fool you — the new Camaro ZL1 1LE can be used as your everyday car.
Its race-orientated suspension can be dialed down for a more comfortable ride on regular roads, and the list of standard features includes a heated steering wheel, heated/ventilated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a Bose premium audio system.
Aren’t you glad it isn’t the Z/28?
What Do You Think?
Did you find our 10 amazing facts about the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE interesting and useful? Did Chevrolet do enough with its most hardcore Camaro to date?
Share your thoughts in the comments below, and make sure to check out our 10 amazing facts about the Lamborghini Huracan Performante.
New, 2018 Chevrolet Traverse Gets RS Treatment, Turbo Engine
The Chevrolet Traverse lineup has received a sportier touch in the form of the new Traverse RS.
Unveiled at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, the Traverse RS is the first Traverse to get a turbocharged engine, one that makes 257 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission that helps the three-row, seven-passenger crossover deliver an expected EPA fuel economy rating of 20 mpg in city driving and 26 mpg on the highway.
The RS treatment appears to be more of an appearance and comfort package than it is a performance-focused one, adding blacked-out exterior trim and such standard equipment as HID headlamps, active shutters, an eight-inch infotainment system, heated seats, Bose audio, and unique 20-inch dark wheels. It doesn’t come with all-wheel drive, nor does it have it as an option.
The Chevrolet Traverse RS is currently available in the United States with a $43,095 MSRP (including freight).
New, 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 Sets Lap Record At VIR, Crushes Ford GT
The all-new, 2019 Corvette ZR1 coupe, with its ridiculous performance figures, screams “record-beater,” so it comes as no surprise that it set a production-car lap record on the 4.1-mile Grand Course West at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) with a time of 2:37.25.
VIR is a technical and challenging circuit that’s often dubbed the Nürburgring of America. The previous record-holder, the Ford GT (2:40.02), unseated the Dodge Viper ACR (2:38.62) to become king of the track, a title it didn’t hold on to for long.
The only updates to the record-setting Corvette ZR1 were the addition of a harness bar and track seats with five-point harnesses. Everything else, including the eight-speed automatic transmission and the ZTK Performance Package that adds the adjustable carbon-fiber High Wing, a front splitter with carbon-fiber end caps, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, and specific chassis and Magnetic Ride Control tuning, either come standard or are part of the production car’s options list.
Of course, we would be remiss not to mention what powers the 2019 edition of this beast — a supercharged LT5 6.2L V8 that produces 755 horsepower and 715 lb-ft. of torque. Paired with the aforementioned eight-speed, it allows the American supercar to teleport from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in approximately 2.8 seconds before hitting a top speed of over 210 mph (338 km/h)!
Mark Reuss, executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain, stated:
“The Corvette ZR1’s lap record at VIR, arguably America’s most challenging road course, is a testament to its supercar status. On the racetrack, the ZR1 can compete with any supercar — at any price.”
The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 coupe starts at $119,995 in the United States, while the ZR1 convertible kicks off at $123,995.
New, 2019 Chevy Silverado Debuts With Diesel Engine, 450-lbs Lighter
It’s hard to believe Chevrolet has been making trucks for over 100 years. To celebrate the centennial of Chevy Trucks, General Motors made the public unveiling of the all-new, 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 at the 2018 North American International Auto Show.
This is a clean-sheet design for the new Silverado, and GM brought its A-game. Compared to its predecessor, the truck is notably lighter; roomier all around and more comfortable; more practical and versatile; more fuel-efficient; safer; and, to our eyes, more attractive inside and out.
When Ford went mostly all-aluminum for its latest F-150, many expected GM to do the same for its next half-tonne. It didn’t, choosing instead to stick with old-fashioned steel for its fixed panels and frame. Only “Swing” panels — anything on a hinge, such as the doors, hood and tailgate — are all-aluminum.
The new Silverado is slightly bigger than the old model, boasting a longer wheelbase and slightly increased overall length. Some of that extra room went to the bed, which is now a multi-piece configuration that opens up more than six inches of lateral bed space wall-to-wall, giving the Silverado’s short box more raw volume (63 cubic feet) than even the standard-length beds of the F-150 and Ram 1500 — up to 20 percent more, in fact.
Larger cutouts in the class-exclusive CornerStep bumpers provide better accommodation for steel-toed boots, while an available 120-volt power outlet and LED task lighting make the cargo bed even more useful. As a first, there is also an available a power up / down tailgate that can be operated from the key fob, interior button or by hand.
Despite the larger size, the 2019 Silverado manages to be 450 pounds (204 kg) lighter, an impressive weight reduction considering its still mostly made out of steel. Buyers will have the choice of six engine and transmission combinations, including a new 5.3L and 6.2L V8, as well as a new 3.0L six-cylinder turbo-diesel.
The 3.0L diesel and 6.2L V8 are mated to a new 10-speed automatic transmission that GM co-developed with Ford, while the 5.3L V8 and base engine (likely a V6) will make due with the existing six-speed auto.
Inside the cab, the redesigned Silverado offers more interior volume thanks to the increased length, with crew-cab models now having 3 inches more rear-seat legroom than before. Chevrolet promises improved refinement, higher quality materials and, of course, the latest safety and convenience tech, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi connections.
General Motors will release full specs, pricing and sales date at a later date. Until then, what do you think about the all-new, 2019 Chevrolet Silverado?