Seriously track-oriented doesn’t begin to cut the new 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE equipped with the new $7,500 Extreme Performance Track Package.
With racing-based suspension and aero technologies, as well as Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R summer-only tires, Chevy says the ZL1 1LE represents the most extreme track-focused Camaro to date.
Here are five reasons it’s a package to get excited about it.
1. Downforce-producing Aerodynamics
Chevy equips the Camaro with a carbon fiber rear wing, specific air deflectors and dive planes on the front fascia. They produce grip-generating downforce to help the car stick harder and drive faster in turns.
2. Adjustable Suspension
Racing-derived, lightweight Multimatic DSSV® (Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve) dampers front and rear offer exceptional wheel and vehicle control. The front-end ride height is adjustable, along with the caster geometry. The rear stabilizer bar also offers three-way adjustability.
3. Wheels and Tires
New lightweight forged aluminum wheels are an inch wider but an inch smaller in diameter, front and rear, than standard ZL1 wheels and are used with new Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R tires that deliver max lateral grip of 1.10g. Chevy says the overall footprint grows approximately 10 percent over the ZL1, but the wheel-and-tire package weighs about 3.3 pounds (1.5 kg) less per corner.
4. Weight Reduction
The track-enhanced ZL1 1LE drops 60 pounds from its curb weight over the standard ZL1 Coupe. That’s thanks to the aforementioned lighter wheels and dampers. Add to that thinner rear glass and a fixed-back rear seat.
5. Supercharged Performance and more
The 1LE package gets the ZL1’s supercharged LT4 engine, a 6.2-liter V-8, mated to a 6-speed manual. The engine makes 650-horsepower and matching 650 pound-feet of torque. Brembo brakes are also included. Cabin goodies include dual-zone automatic climate control, Bose premium audio system, heated/ventilated front seats and heated steering wheel.
The $7,500 ZL1 1LE Track Package brings the cost to $69,995, including destination charges. Look for the 2018 Camaro lineup in dealers this summer.