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2013 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE Laps VIR in 2:58:34 & Priced from $37,035 30
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2013 Chevy Camaro 1LE, Automotive, Camaro, Chevrolet, News, video on 07 30th, 2012

The new 2013 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE is turning some heads as it is now priced starting at just $37,035, which gets you a vehicle capable of lapping Virginia International Raceway in 2:58:34. If you are keeping tally, that is 4.46 seconds faster than what the Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca ran VIR. Not to mention, the Camaro 1LE does it for almost $13,000 less than the Boss 302 Laguna Seca.

The new 2013 Chevy Camaro 1LE has naturally been pitted against the Boss 302 in the minds of enthusiasts and so far has exceeded expectations not only in the styling department, but in price and its added performance capabilities.

The new 2013 Camaro 1LE invokes styling from the 580-hp Camaro ZL1 but keeps the Camaro SS V8’s power at 426 horsepower. The 1LE package is essentially a $3,500 add-on for the 2013 Camaro SS with manual transmission in either 1SS or 2SS trims.

The 1LE package has its own unique gearing, sport suspension setup with monotube rear dampers, thicker stabilizer bars and ZL1-spec wheel bearings, toe links, rear shock mounts, 20-inch wheels and sticky 285/35ZR20 Goodyear Eagle Supercar G:2 tires.

Hit up the video of the new 2013 Camaro 1LE performing its VIR run. Enjoy!

Chevy Shows Off The 2013 Camaro 1LE 19
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2013 Chevy Camaro 1LE, Automotive, Chevrolet, Kurt on 07 19th, 2012

2013 Chevy Camaro 1LE – image: GM Corp.

A few months ago, Chevrolet announced that it was bringing back a Camaro performance package first introduced on the third generation cars. Intended for those who road-raced their Camaros in SCCA competition, the 1LE package included things like an aluminum driveshaft, enhanced cooling and bigger brakes.

2013 Chevy Camaro 1LE – image: GM Corp.

For 2013, Chevy has positioned the Camaro 1LE as an affordable track day car that’s still usable as a daily driver. We’ve yet to sample one, but we expect it to be along the same lines of Ford’s Boss 302, which blends handing and ride comfort in a remarkably civil package.

Buyers will need to start with a six-speed manual Camaro SS, which then allows you to select the 1LE package. Check that option box, and you’ll get the same wheels as tires as the Camaro ZL1; a 3.91 final-drive ratio; a Tremec TR6060-MM6 transmission; a transmission cooler; larger front and rear sway bars; stronger rear-axle half shafts; ZL1 wheel bearings, toe links and shock mounts; a high capacity fuel pump with additional pickups and monotube rear dampers.

The 1LE is also distinguished by its matte black hood, which we’d probably opt to spray in body color for added stealth. Inside, there’s a short-throw shifter and a flat-bottomed steering wheel for easier heel-toe driving on the racetrack.

Pricing for the 1LE hasn’t officially been set, but GM’s Al Oppnheimer assures us it will start at under $40,000.