Track performance package takes Camaro to new level

Supercharged ZL1 1LE becomes most competent track-day Camaro ever

Published: May 17, 2017, 5:30 PM
Updated: November 21, 2021, 3:11 PM

2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE

With the ZL1 1LE, Chevrolet is introducing the most competent track-day Camaro ever.

Taking the 1LE package to unprecedented levels, the ZL1 1LE Extreme Track Performance Package adds a racing-based suspension, aero technologies, and Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R performance tires.

“In the long, storied history of Camaro performance, there’s never been another model that matches the capability of the ZL1 1LE,” said Steve Majoros, Chevrolet cars and crossovers marketing director. “With the addition of the new 650-horsepower ZL1 1LE, the Camaro lineup is more diverse and exciting than ever, offering customers the ability to select and personalize their ultimate performance car.”

Those 650 ponies come courtesy of a supercharged LT4 6.2L V-8, harnessed by a 6-speed manual with Active Rev Match. It also helps that the car’s curb weight is 27 kg lower than the standard ZL1 Camaro, thanks to lighter wheels and dampers, thinner rear glass, and a fixed rear seat.

Speaking of wheels, the package-specific forged aluminum wheels are an inch wider but an inch smaller in diameter. Add in the wider performance rubber and you end up with an overall footprint that’s 10% bigger than the standard ZL1, and provides max lateral grip of 1.1 g. And each wheel/tire combo accounts for weight savings of 1.5 kg.

Keeping those tires planted is entrusted to an adjustable suspension with lightweight racing-derived Multimatic DSSV dampers front and rear, which offer superior wheel and vehicle control. Front ride height and caster angles are adjustable, as is the rear stabilizer.

And to finish off the package, aerodynamic body pieces (including a carbon-fibre rear wing, and specific air deflectors and dive plane on the front), Brembo brakes, heated/ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, dual-zone climate control and a Bose premium audio system.

The ZL1 1LE Extreme Track Performance Package will be available on 2018 Camaro ZL1 starting this summer. The package is priced at $7,500 in the US, and although no announcement has been made for Canada, we’d expect it to come in around $8,500, if it is offered.