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2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE: Chicago Auto Show

author photo by Doug DeMuro February 2016

What Is It?

The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE represents the revival of a track-focused Camaro model, designed to tout improved performance, lower curb weight and more maneuverability compared to a standard Camaro. Although the 1LE trim was a popular choice for car enthusiasts in the outgoing Camaro, it's making a big change in the all-new sixth-generation version: It's now available with V6 power.

That's right, the track-focused Camaro 1LE can now be had with the sports car's 335-horsepower V6. Of course, it's also still offered with the Camaro's brawny V8, which makes an impressive 455 hp. Regardless of which one you choose, you'll get sport suspension, improved brakes and tires, Recaro sport seats and a performance data recorder.

Choose the V8, however, and you'll get even more goodies, such as an electronic limited-slip differential and GM's amazing Magnetic Ride Control system. Both models also offer weight savings over their more traditional street-focused counterparts, along with visual updates including a satin black hood, front splitter and rear diffuser.

According to Chevrolet, the 1LE package will be limited to Camaro coupe models -- and it'll only be offered with the coupe's 6-speed manual transmission.

How Much?

Chevy hasn't said, but we don't expect these updates to come cheap. Figure a few thousand dollars on top of the base price of a Camaro LT (which starts at $26,700) or SS (which starts at $37,300).

When Can You Get It?

Late 2016

Add It to Your Shopping List Because...

The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro is already a fierce competitor -- and it just got even sportier with the addition of the new 1LE model, which touts several performance-focused upgrades over the LT and SS. Although it's easy to modify the Camaro, the 1LE comes modified for high-performance use right out of the box -- and with a full factory warranty.

Other Cars to Consider

2016 Ford Mustang -- Although the Mustang doesn't yet offer a track-focused option package like the Camaro 1LE, it's plenty sporty -- and it feels a little more tossable than the relatively large Camaro.

2016 Nissan 370Z NISMO -- The aging Nissan 370Z now offers a sporty NISMO package that helps bring the model back into consideration for shoppers interested in a factory high-performance package.

Used Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 -- The limited-production Camaro ZL1 was more than just an option package; it offered more power and a wide range of enhancements under the skin. The only downside: Even used models are still pretty expensive.

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