New Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE now available with 10-speed auto
Here it is, the new Camaro ZL1 1LE. The new track-focused weapon from Chevrolet. As you may notice, is that the car looks very familiar. Chevrolet have used the pre-facelift front fascia as its more aerodynamic and looks miles better than the 2019 facelift.
For the first time in Camaro history, it will be available with a 10-speed automatic gearbox which will allow for quicker shifts. This new updated transmission is set to launch late February. With this minor upgrade, this Camaro will be the fastest one yet, especially round the Nurburgring.
With the new gearbox, Chevrolet claim it will shave several seconds off of the Nurburgring lap time. This is due to the old 6 speed manual gearbox just not quite cutting it as well as it being slower.
If you’re a V8 meathead however, there is no need to worry. You can still get this with a manual gearbox, it just won’t be as quick round a track…
Camaro chief engineer, Mark Dickens says: "This transmission is optimized for speed…” "With unique Track Mode calibrations and 10 gears, you are always in the perfect gear when rolling on or off the throttle. You may not be a professional race car driver, but now you can shift like one.”
In addition to the gearbox, Chevvy have also tuned the transmission, electronic LSD and the performance traction management system. They have also recalibrated the front and rear suspension to accommodate the quicker shifts.
"Adding an automatic transmission is another example of the Camaro portfolio delivering what customers want. This ultimate 1LE is another appealing option that is true to its racing heritage,” said director of Chevrolet passenger car and crossover marketing, Steve Majoros.
Nothing has changed as far as the engine goes. Owners will still get a 6.2L V8 with produces 650 bhp and 650 lb-ft of torque. A real monster.
As far as differences go between the stock Camaro and the ZL1 1LE, this one has a carbon fibre rear spoiler, various scoops on the front, lightweight aluminum wheels, a wider stance, thinner rear glass for weight saving and fixed rear seats. This weight saving sheds over 20kg from the standard ZL1.
So, if you want this, the 1LE pack will set you back $7,500 and the 10-speed gearbox alone is $1,595.
Would you go for the 6-speed manual or 10-speed auto?