Video Find: $37,035 2013 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE Laps VIR Just Six Seconds Behind ZL1
The 2013 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE was designed to take the Camaro SS into Mustang Boss 302 territory, but on a budget. Rather than break the budget by taking the Camaro 1LE to the Nurburgring, Chevy brought the Camaro and a camera to Virginia International Raceway where it turned a 2:58.34 lap time, about six seconds slower than the top-dog Camaro ZL1′s 2:52.4. The 2013 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE will start at $37,035 including destination, GM announced.
With its name taken from the super-secret factory road racer Camaro 1LE of the late ’80s, the modern day 1LE’s upgrades are mostly to the suspension. Available only on manual-equipped Camaro SS cars, the 1LE package adds monotube rear suspension, larger front and rear stabilizer bars, and a strut tower brace. The Camaro 1LE also gets ZL1-based wheels and tires, a 3.91 final-drive ratio, and the ZL1′s transmission, among other things, for $3500 over a Camaro 1SS or 2SS.
With the exception of the roll cage and racing seat, the Camaro 1LE seen in the below video is stock. Driven by Camaro engineer Aaron Link, the Camaro 1LE hit speeds above 130 mph and clocked a time under the three-minute mark.
Check out the hot lap for yourself below and don’t miss our 2013 Camaro 1LE First Drive here.