The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, which is going to be the supreme track-focused monster in Chevy’s muscle car lineup has made its debut at the Daytona International Speedway. Speaking on the occasion, Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer said, “The track-focused 1LE package offers progressive levels of performance across the Camaro lineup, from the V6 1LE to the SS 1LE. But with the new ZL1 1LE, the progression takes a quantum leap — this is the ultimate track-day Camaro.”
The new Camaro ZL1 1LE is faster and quicker than the standard ZL1 Coupe, as the former turned out to be the better performer in lapping General Motors’ 2.9-mile, 18-turn Milford Road Course test track, with a clear edge of 3 seconds. The manufacturer gives the credit for this improved performance to the 6-speed manual gearbox and the aerodynamics package comprising of a large carbon-fiber rear wing, along with specific air deflectors and dive planes up front. More downforce the better, seems to be the rule at Chevy and it has worked favorably for the rear-wheel-drive 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE which belts out 650bhp of power and 650 lb-ft of torque from its 6.2-liter LT4 V8 engine.
The updates that the suspension set-up has received deserves a mention here. The racing-derived, lightweight Multimatic DSSV dampers on both ends has replaced the standard ZL1’s Magnetic Ride shocks. A three-way adjustable rear stabilizer bar has been added as well. Running on wider 19-inch forged alloys shod with Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R tyres, the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE has a larger footprint compared to the standard ZL1.
Chevrolet has taken considerable effort to reduce the weight of the whole package by employing lighter materials in the construction of the suspension components and wheels. Reduced thickness rear glass and fixed-back rear seat too save weight and the whole approach has shaved almost 27kg off the car, making it lighter than the standard ZL1.