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Camaro 1LE

2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE Package

Chevy is bringing back the track-ready Camaro 1LE performance package for 2017. The big news here, is that it will be offered with the V6 models for the first time.

Chevrolet will offer two distinct 1LE packages, for both 3.6-liter V6 and V8 models, each with a satin black hood, specific wheels to make them stand out from the crowd. They also come with more aggressive suspensions tuning, standard Brembo brakes and Goodyear Eagle F1 tires.

The new 1LE package for Camaro 1SS V8 models includes magnetic ride control, with a new FE4 suspension tuning and a new, segment-exclusive electronic limited slip differential. Paired with massive Goodyear Eagle F1 tires, lateral acceleration will exceed 1G. Chevy says the LT 1LE delivers an estimated 0.97G in cornering grip.

If you’re into sharing your track experience, an available Performance Data Recorder is also new for 2017.

The new 1LE packages are available in late 2016, on 2017 Camaro SS and LT V-6 coupes equipped with manual transmissions. Pricing and performance data is still to come.

600 HP 2017 BMW B7 Alpina

Want fast? Well how about the new 2017 BMW Alpina B7 xDrive. This huge 7-Series based sedan may not have the famous performance M badge, but who cares when it is 600-horsepower supercar fast.

The third-generation of the BMW Alpina badge for the U.S. comes with a new engine. It’s a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 under the hood which is good for 590 pound-feet of torque available from 3,000 rpm. It’s mated to an eight-speed automatic.

What you get in the end is fast. We’re talking 0-60 in just 3.6 seconds, that’s 0.8 seconds faster than its predecessor. The top speed is an estimated 193 miles per hour. There is also a Launch Control mode if you’re feeling really crazy.

2017 Ford Explorer XLT Sport Package

A new XLT Sport Appearance package will be available on the new 2017 Ford Explorer models beginning this summer.

Basically, the XLT Sport package is a way for drivers to get the styling of the more expensive Sport trim model with paying quite as much.

The new XLT Sport Appearance Package features dark-accented exterior, including 20-inch Magnetic Gray wheels, grille, mirror caps and rear appliqué, and Ebony Black body side molding. Inside, you get Dark Earth Gray front seats with leather bolsters by Salerno and Miko suede for inserts and door panels.

Sales of Explorer Sport and Platinum, the two top models, account for approximately 30 percent of Explorer sales in the U.S. market.

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