The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is not your standard Camaro, it’s the cream of the crop Camaro. The ZL1 has been fitted with its more athletic brother’s powerplant, the Corvette Z06’s 6.2 liter V-8 supercharged engine, which makes a tire killing 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. We can verify this as we sat thru its launch control and brake tests in New Jersey Motorsports Park. The ZL1 is a wonderful sports car and we thought it couldn’t get any better.
Until the 1LE version comes out. The ZL1 1LE improves on the ZL1 by giving it a 60 pound weight loss diet and adding delicious track bits like better aero, a bigger wing with more downforce, and more suspension adjustabilities. There are no engine performance upgrades to the already meaty 6.2 liter V-8 as this is already more car than most people can handle.
The adjustable suspension will be something that you’d want to play with as the 1LE edition comes with shocks that’s directly bolted to the chassis, sans bushings. This means that you’ll have supreme road feel in exchange for ride comfort. If you’re the type to tweak and perfect your driving setup, you’ll find a happy home here. Sound like a full blown race car yet?
The 1LE also comes with Multimatic’s Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve (DSSV), a shock absorber system that’s found in the Ford GT and has been battle tested in Red Bull cars in the 24 Hours Of Le Mans. What makes the trick DSSV system so cool is that it allows for variable compression and rebound damping profiles. This ensures the tires will maintain proper contact to the road whether you’re going 50 or 150 mph.
As for the looks department, just to make sure your 1LE stands apart from your “standard” ZL1, Chevy has given it the gigantic wing, a blacked out carbon fiber hood, and a pair of industrial dustpan sized front canards complemented by an ankle severing front lip. It’s because of these massive frontal aero upgrades that the 1LE won’t be sold in Europe: it won’t pass pedestrian regulations. Even if it did, you wouldn’t want to drive this car on regular roads anyway, you may just disintegrate your spine.
We think we’re in love. Your move, Ford!
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