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    2016 Chicago Auto Show: 2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE Now Available With Either V6 or V8 Power


    • Chevrolet Adds More Track Performance For the Camaro V8 and Now V6


    Just when you thought it was safe to go back onto the racetrack, Chevrolet has announced the return of the 1LE package for the Camaro. Debuting tomorrow at the Chicago Auto Show, the 2017 Camaro 1LE will be available for the V8 and for the first time, the V6.

     

    Let us break down what you get with either engine.

     

    LT 1LE

     

    The V6 1LE - available on the LT - gets some equipment from the SS 1LE. This includes a new fuel system and the FE3 suspension package with stabilizer bars. Other items for LT 1LE include a mechanical limited slip differential, upgraded cooling system four-piston Brembo brakes for the front, 20-inch lightweight aluminum wheels, and set of Goodyear Eagle F1 tires. A black satin hood and suede interior accents dress up the 1LE. Optional will be a set of Recaro seats and Performance Data Recorder.

     

    SS 1LE

     

    The SS 1LE comes with the new FE4 suspension package with magnetic ride control, electronic limited slip differential, six-piston Brembo brakes on all four corners, 20-inch wheels, and a Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires specifically developed for this vehicle. Upgraded cooling systems for the V8 engine, transmission, and differential come standard. A set of Recaro bucket seats and a head-up display finish the interior.

     

    “The Camaro 1LE packages follow a recipe any track-day enthusiast will appreciate. Start with a lightweight, stiff structure and then add higher levels of suspension stiffness and damping, more aggressive tires, higher downforce, more powerful brakes and more cooling," said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer.

     

    “The result delivers better performance in all measures. In our development tests, the V-6 Camaro 1LE delivers lap times comparable with the previous-gen V-8 model. The 2016 Camaro SS 1LE sets the new benchmark for the segment, lapping the Big Willow track at Willow Springs three seconds faster than the standard Camaro SS.”

     

    Chevrolet says the 1LE package will be available late this year. Pricing will be announced a later time.

     

    Source: Chevrolet

     

     

    You can follow our coverage of 2016 Chicago Auto Show News here.

     

    Press Release is on Page 2


     

    New 1LE Packages Elevates Camaro Track Capabilities

    • Track package returns with more technology for V8 models, first time offered on V6


    CHICAGO – The Chevrolet Camaro 1LE performance package returns for 2017, poised to set new benchmarks for attainable track performance.

     


    The package builds off the success of the previous-generation 1LE, offering increased handling and track performance. In response to customer demand, Chevrolet will offer two distinct 1LE packages, for both V6 and V8 models, each visually distinguished with a satin black hood, specific wheels and more.

     

    For the first time, the 1LE package will be available on Camaro 1LT or 2LT coupes equipped with the 3.6L V6. Featuring more aggressive suspension tuning, standard Brembo brakes and Goodyear Eagle F1 tires, the LT 1LE delivers an estimated 0.97G in cornering grip. Available Recaro seats will keep you planted through the corners, and an available Performance Data Recorder will allow you to view and share your track experience.

     

    The new 1LE package for Camaro 1SS models includes magnetic ride control, with a new FE4 suspension tuning and a new, segment-exclusive electronic limited slip differential (eLSD). Paired with massive Goodyear Eagle F1 tires, lateral acceleration will exceed 1G. Additional features available on the 1LE package include standard Recaro seats and a Performance Data Recorder (PDR), new to the Camaro lineup.

     

    As a result, the 1LE package elevates the award-winning performance that earned Camaro the 2016 Motor Trend Car of the Year and Car and Driver 10Best awards.

     

    “The Camaro 1LE packages follow a recipe any track-day enthusiast will appreciate,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. “Start with a lightweight, stiff structure and then add higher levels of suspension stiffness and damping, more aggressive tires, higher downforce, more powerful brakes and more cooling.

     

    “The result delivers better performance in all measures,” said Oppenheiser. “In our development tests, the V-6 Camaro 1LE delivers lap times comparable with the previous-gen V-8 model. The 2016 Camaro SS 1LE sets the new benchmark for the segment, lapping the Big Willow track at Willow Springs three seconds faster than the standard Camaro SS.”

     

    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 will be announced at a later date.

     

    Camaro LT 1LE
    The Camaro LT 1LE was developed to be the most track-capable sports coupe in its price class. Highlights include:

    • 3.6L V-6 rated at 335 horsepower and matched with the six-speed manual transmission
    • FE3 suspension components (from the Camaro SS), including dampers, rear cradle mounts, ball-jointed rear toe links and stabilizer bars
    • Lightweight 20-inch forged aluminum wheels with Goodyear Eagle F1 245/40R20 front tires and 275/35R20 rear tires
    • Brembo 4-piston front brake calipers
    • Mechanical Limited-slip differential with 3.27 ratio
    • Standard track-cooling package, with engine oil, differential and transmission coolers
    • Suede steering wheel and shorter-throw shifter
    • Standard dual mode exhaust system
    • Camaro SS fuel system for higher-load cornering capability
    • Satin black hood, front splitter and unique three-piece rear spoiler
    • Unique high flow upper and lower grille with satin black accents
    • Available Recaro seats and PDR video/data recording system.


    “With a curb weight under 3,500 pounds, excellent front-to-rear weight balance and the precision of the FE3 suspension, the Camaro LT 1LE offers unmatched capability in its class,” said Oppenheiser. “As a result, it offers incredible performance for Camaro V-6 customers.”

     


    Camaro SS 1LE
    The 2017 Camaro SS 1LE introduces the new FE4 suspension to the Gen Six Camaro – a performance-oriented chassis system with specific tuning for the Magnetic Ride dampers, springs and stabilizer bars. Additional highlights include:

    • 6.2L LT1 V-8 rated at 455 horsepower, and six-speed manual transmission (automatic transmission not available)
    • Magnetic Ride Control
    • Segment-exclusive electronic limited-slip differential with 3.73 ratio
    • Unique forged aluminum wheels with 285/30ZR20 front tires and 305/30ZR20 rear tires
    • Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires with a compound and construction developed exclusively for the Camaro – offering exceptional grip on the track
    • Brembo brakes with new six-piston monobloc front red calipers – featuring the 1LE logo – and two-piece rotors. Measuring 14.6 inches (370mm) in diameter, the front rotors are 7 percent larger than Camaro SS
    • Track-cooling package, with engine oil, differential and transmission coolers
    • Suede steering wheel with shorter-throw shifter
    • Dual mode exhaust system
    • Recaro front seats with aggressive bolsters optimized for shifting and steering comfort
    • Satin black hood, front mirrors and unique three-piece rear spoiler
    • Satin Graphite front splitter and rear diffuser
    • Available PDR video/data recording system

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    I'm all about matte black and accenting things in black as opposed to chrome or silver but that hood..? To "reduce glare". I'm not a fan of the hood but other than that, it's going to be a fantastic car. 

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    Of course the mechanical upgrades are the bomb, but that green color... WOW!

     

    ^ I even think the green is pretty cool. Just not the ricer-black hood. 

     

    Sadly that green color is just only a pre-production thing as Automobile reported. 

     

    The paint that you literally won’t be able to miss on the Chicago-bound V-6 1LE is called Krypton Green, but Chevrolet says it is at this point just a pre-preproduction color. Build it, we implored them.

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    Fair enough, but not a ricer trend.  More old-skool.  Witness: 

     

     

    attachicon.gifnew%20front%20driverside.jpg

    That's not the same.. That's painted in the middle almost as a thick stripe There's red hood in front, and on both sides of that Mach 1(and all '69 Mach 1's and even less black on later models) and it's pin striped around it..not just dipped in black.. 

     

    Don't get me wrong, I LOVE black accented things and especially in a matte black just not an entire hood. It looks like the neighbors honda with a fart can and R stickers all over it. 

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    I'll do anything to erase all connection in your mind between "Camaro" and "ricer".  Does this help?

     

    attachicon.gif1969-ford-mustang-boss-302-10.jpg

    lol if you can make them paint the hood body color or something like that mustang, or any mach 1 of the past, or ANY kind of striping that GM has done in the past. 

     

    Again, that picture has body color all around the black and a pinstripe around it as well.. Still not the same. 

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    I like the idea of the V6 1LE, but I have a feeling they priced it off most enthusiasts' car shopping lists. The base V6 is already pushing $30k with NO options. Is a track-prepped V6 model really that appealing in the mid-$30k range? The new Camaro pulls over .9g to start with.

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    Yawn, the final days of the old muscle cars. Be interesting to see if they do a 21st century EV Performance package. :P

    You and I are always almost on the same page. And when we are not...its juts a couple of differing footnotes...

     

    I dont know how to respond to this emotion that you just opened up...

     

    On one hand, a Camaro, like a Corvette, should ALWAYS be about crude oil,on the other hand, time to grow up and put away childish things, time to put some real muscle into that power train....and nothing is more powerful than the anger of a God and his thunder bolts...

     

    Dead dinosaurs

     

    or

     

    7489.jpg

     

    I think its time for Camaro to start shoving lightning bolts down the Mustang's ass!!! :D

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    Anyone who comes into a Camaro thread mentioning that awful E word should be dealt with. :hijacked:

    http://www.engineering.com/ElectronicsDesign/ElectronicsDesignArticles/ArticleID/8204/A-Hybrid-Electric-Camaro.aspx

     

    ecocar3.jpg?auto=format&ch=Width%2CDPR&c

     

    Another link.

    http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1083268_55000-kit-to-build-electric-chevrolet-offered-by-gm

     

    Hold on to a chair BLU...maybe even have a seat...

     

    Sponsored by... :gm_logo:

     

     

    yet another link...

    http://www.autoblog.com/2011/08/12/electric-chevy-camaro-tears-down-1-4-mile-in-10-08-seconds/

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    I'll do anything to erase all connection in your mind between "Camaro" and "ricer".  Does this help?

     

    attachicon.gif1969-ford-mustang-boss-302-10.jpg

    lol if you can make them paint the hood body color or something like that mustang, or any mach 1 of the past, or ANY kind of striping that GM has done in the past. 

     

    Again, that picture has body color all around the black and a pinstripe around it as well.. Still not the same. 

     

    8585c74f976321853417ca2ef85eb480.jpg

     

     

    CS6JYdpUcAAKSfb.jpg

     

    I see what you are saying CCAP...but the Hellcat does the same thing here...plus it has all kinds boy racer vents...sure functional, but very ricer...

    So...like I said, I UNDERSTAND what it is you are saying...

     

    The BIG question here is...could one actually say that the ORIGINAL ricer cars be the muscle cars?

     

    Big Wings...

    0_wing-spoiler_low_res.jpg

     

    All show and no go decals...

    1974_HurstOlds_3.jpg

     

    Wings again...

    img-32041442e2.jpg?v=6

     

    Scoops? Muscle cars got plenty of those...

     

     All show and no go scoops in this muscle car...2 of them...

    558c079bd0d6d.jpg

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    "RICER"

     

    I don't believe that word means what you think it means.

     

    "All show and no go" on the Trans Am scoops?  AHEM, you can see they are not fake... they are functional there, Scovy Duck!

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    I'll do anything to erase all connection in your mind between "Camaro" and "ricer".  Does this help?

     

    attachicon.gif1969-ford-mustang-boss-302-10.jpg

    lol if you can make them paint the hood body color or something like that mustang, or any mach 1 of the past, or ANY kind of striping that GM has done in the past. 

     

    Again, that picture has body color all around the black and a pinstripe around it as well.. Still not the same.

    8585c74f976321853417ca2ef85eb480.jpg

     

     

    CS6JYdpUcAAKSfb.jpg

     

    I see what you are saying CCAP...but the Hellcat does the same thing here...plus it has all kinds boy racer vents...sure functional, but very ricer...

    So...like I said, I UNDERSTAND what it is you are saying...

     

    The BIG question here is...could one actually say that the ORIGINAL ricer cars be the muscle cars?

     

    Big Wings...

    0_wing-spoiler_low_res.jpg

     

    All show and no go decals...

    1974_HurstOlds_3.jpg

     

    Wings again...

    img-32041442e2.jpg?v=6

     

    Scoops? Muscle cars got plenty of those...

     

     All show and no go scoops in this muscle car...2 of them...

    558c079bd0d6d.jpg

    At first I was super surprised I never noticed the black hood on the Hellcats then the more I looked into it I don't think that's factory. I think the one you showed me was painted aftermarket. I tried to build a Hellcat and didn't see any black hood option.

    I guess it isn't "ricer" because they said the purpose of it(reduce glare). To me, something that is to simulate performance without any actual gains is rice. Like the ricer crowd originally painted their hoods to fake a carbon fiber hood.

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    94f3e3243128a64b27f71fe8ad8ac5ab.JPG?ito

    Dodge showroom...

     

    Ahem...MOPAR showroom...

     

    Oh and BLU...

    a 1977 Trans Am 6.6 liter 400 motor  was crap..yeah I know...I pictured 1979 model...a 1979 model gained a tad more performance...still crap

    The torque part helped move the car...but...the car did not move fast enough...not enough to warrant all that gold striping and screaming chickens and scoops...

     

    By God dude...it wasnt a 455SD...now was it?

    73pont60765-4.jpg

    1973 Trans Am 455SD

    0-60 about 5 seconds

    1/4 mile about mid 13s @ 105 mph?

     

    Pretty respectable, even by today's insane performance stats...

     

    1977 6.6 liter Trans Am

    0-60 in like 11 seconds

    1/4 mile in like 17 seconds...

     

    1979 6.6 liter with the 220 Hp 320 ft/lbs torque....not too shabby...for 1979...

    0-60 in about 7 seconds

    1/4 mile in 15 seconds...

     

    Not too bad at all actually for the 1979 model...

    In any case though,  concerning a Black and Gold Bandit Trans Am...all show and no go...considering a 1973 model with the same fender scoops and similar hood shakers blew the doors off its later year brethren...

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    And I'm interested in this car again......

    Yeah, it's going to be a crazy performer. I read one of the writeups on it where they figure the starting price for the smallblock one will be about 42 grand and the V6 will be about 32. I'd buy the V8 one for the rims and tires alone.

    It'll be fun to see what it does in comparos. Asymmetrical warfare and all that.

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    V6 1LE... Chevy, what are you trying to do to me? My only complaint echoes what ccap said; I really don't like the hood. It's tacky, mostly due to the fact that the shape isn't great for the contrast. On the old 1LE, the hood's shape helped the contrast seem more... natural, I suppose. Maybe I'm just weird. 

     

    This:

     

    ABTL_2014-Chevrolet-Camaro-Front-Quarter

     

    Looks better than:

     

    camamaramar.jpg

     

    Thanks to the intersection with the a-pillar as shown via my photoshopped arrow. :P

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    V6 1LE... Chevy, what are you trying to do to me? My only complaint echoes what ccap said; I really don't like the hood. It's tacky, mostly due to the fact that the shape isn't great for the contrast. On the old 1LE, the hood's shape helped the contrast seem more... natural, I suppose. Maybe I'm just weird. 

     

    This:

     

    ABTL_2014-Chevrolet-Camaro-Front-Quarter

     

    Looks better than:

     

    camamaramar.jpg

     

    Thanks to the intersection with the a-pillar as shown via my photoshopped arrow. :P

    Completely agree, you nailed it! 

     

    I also think if they had broken the hood up some how with a heat extractor(which I'm surprised they didn't to at least eliminate the under hood lift) I think it would have looked better as well. There's just something about the all black hood that doesn't mesh with the rest of the car to me. 

     

    Gloss black everything else...matte black hood. 

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      He states that to borrow Barkley's line, "Tesla is in trouble." You have one of the world's biggest auto companies that is known for killing the electric auto stepping off the sidelines and actually committing considerable resources to building a long range EV where it can afford to lose money on it long term till the market changes. Tesla has 400,000 plus pre-orders, but is burning through cash by the billions and while the launch of the Tesla 3 is near and Tesla still has Sexy much like Apple to an iPhone. Tesla does not have the depth of customer auto experience to pull from and as the author points out, Tesla balance sheet is precarious as it is based on raising funds on a growth story. The author goes onto say that no one will cross shop a Tesla S or X with the Chevy BOLT. They will due to limited options cross shop the Tesla 3 to the Bolt.
      To pull some interesting statements from the story, the author had the following to say:
      "I found it more fun to drive than both the Tesla Model S and the Model X, but not the original Roadster, a much smaller vehicle."
      "The Bolt is plenty fast for most people."
      "GM isn't going to overwhelm Tesla with Bolt sales. I actually think the Model 3 will greatly outsell the Bolt once Tesla's car arrives. However, it's also possible that if the Model 3 is delayed or is slow to ramp up, Chevy will be preparing a mid-cycle refresh of the Bolt before Model 3 sales start to achieve some major momentum. In other words, GM will always be ahead, and the company — barring another massive financial meltdown — will never stop putting the Bolt up against the Model 3."
      BI covered the BOLT in follow stories with the next one being more of an official review that starts off with covering the auto with the following statement: "A platform, not business as usual!" 
      From ride-hailing to ride-sharing, self driving Chevy has delivered an auto for the future that gives GM options on how they build and expand their EV lineup. BI took delivery of their white Premier BOLT just before the blizzard that hit NY. Clearly a compact-crossover-hatchback look, design is what the magazine employees felt it was and is. Surprising the BI reviewers was the amount of cargo the auto can hold and how well it handled 4 people and grocery getting. BI states that GM has told them the next addition to the BOLT lineup will be a larger auto that can accommodate 5 or more people. An exceptionally well executed minimalist design that comes with an interior that feels more premium in comparison to auto's this size in the past from GM that felt clearly parts bin cheap. The review goes on to talk about how setting the front seat for a 6'4" tall driver and getting in the back with room ahead of the knees for the same size person is a nice welcome addition to such a compact auto. Heated steering wheel was welcomed by all. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto kept everyone happily connected to their phone while driving.
      The final statement to quote from the review is as follows:
      "We were impressed with the Bolt, as a car, as an electric car, and as a mobility concept. In many ways, it is GM's post-bankruptcy masterpiece, a real feather in the cap of CEO Mary Barra and her executive team, who took what the company had achieved with its ill-fated EV-1 back in the 1990s and turned it up to 11. 
      I also flat-out loved driving it. I blasted in and out of New York City twice, rocketed around the streets of Gotham, darting through traffic, and cruised along the highways of New Jersey. I also enjoyed just driving it around the quiet streets of the suburb where I live.
      The steering is quick and responsive, and the handling is sharp enough to provide the confidence you need when surfing that sweet EV torque.
      The single-pedal mode is also very cool — I dug not using the brakes at all for extended excursions in my town. After a bit of practice, you get into a kind of Zen state with it. 
      Not a single person asked me about the car, and that can be chalked up to the ho-hum design. But I didn't care. I was lovin' it. Plain and simple, the Bolt is fun."
      Here is where we have overlap between story #2 and Story #3 which covers the 7 Killer Features:
      Dual Screens- 10.2" touch screen infotainment center & an 8" drivers console display which are totally customizable. Auto's wireless charging console. BOLT App allowing you to be connected to your auto at all times. Five cameras: front, rear, side mirrors and their 360 camera. 9hr full charge time from a 240 volt charger. 25 miles per hour, faster with Level 3 DC charging. Lane Keep assist feature. Modern Seat design allowing for maximum space inside. Over all these writeups show that GM has delivered a superior auto to the Prius, Leaf, 500e, etc. The future will be bright for the BOLT as GM move the platform forward.

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