The 2017 Chevy Camaro re-introduces the 1LE track handling package into the Camaro lineup. Like before, its purpose is to make the already-capable sixth-gen Camaro an even more potent sports car. And, as luck may have it, a natural byproduct of that goal is even more aggressive looks.
To save you time, we spent the last four hours combing through the 2017 Camaro order guide line-by-line to find out precisely what the 1LE package brings to the table, and to investigate how it differs on the Camaro SS compared to the Camaro LT. See how much we value your convenience?
Before we go any further, there are four basic items about the new 1LE package that we need to explain first.
1. Two Engines
The 2017 Camaro 1LE performance handling package is offered on two models: the 6.2L LT1 V8-powered Camaro SS and the 3.6L LGX V6-powered Camaro LT. The V6 model represents a departure from tradition, since the fifth-gen Camaro only offered the 1LE package with the V8-powered SS model.
2. Three Trim Levels
The 1LE package is offered across three trims levels of the 2017 Camaro:
Those looking to get the 1LE package with Turbo 2.0L I4 LTG or the 2SS trim level are out of luck… though we’ll keep our fingers crossed that this changes in subsequent model years of the Camaro Six.
3. Coupe Only
The 1LE package is offered exclusively on the hard-top coupe body style. Convertible fans are out of luck here due to all kinds of structural rigidity (or stiffness) properties that are foregone by removing the roof.
4. 6-Speed Stick Only
The final requirement to get the 1LE package is the 6-speed manual transmission, which happens to include Active Rev Matching on the Camaro SS.
So then, what is the difference between the Camaro SS 1LE and the LT 1LE?
Compared to the SS 1LE, the Camaro V6 1LE:
- Has less potent brakes
- Has a less capable limited slip differential, but not the electronic unit found on the SS
- Lacks the Magnetic Ride Control
- Has smaller wheels and tires
- Offers the Recaro performance front bucket seats as an option, while the SS 1LE has them standard
- Offers the head-up display as an option, while the SS 1LE has the feature standard
- Doesn’t offer an auxiliary engine cooler and transmission oil cooler
And, of course, the LT 1LE is also 120 horsepower less potent and has a slightly different front fascia, with the most noticeable difference being its vertical LED accents of the V6 model versus the horizontal units of the V8. All that isn’t to say anything negative about the 2017 Camaro LT 1LE: it’s still an extremely impressive and capable vehicle… just not as impressive or capable as the SS 1LE.
Following is the complete comparison between the two models, for your viewing pleasure.
|Model||2017 Camaro LT||LT RPO||2017 Camaro SS||SS RPO|
|Engine||3.6L V6 DI VVT – 335 hp, 284 lb-ft of torque||LGX||6.2L V8 DI – 455 hp, 455 lb-ft of torque||LT1|
|Transmission||6-speed manual||MN6||6-speed manual with Active Rev Matching||MN6|
|Package||LT 1LE Performance Package||A1X||SS 1LE Performance Package||A1Y|
|Brakes||Brembo 4-piston front performance, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc brakes||J55||Brembo Red 6-piston front monobloc calipers, 4-piston rear calipers, 2-piece performance rotors, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc brakes||J6M|
|LSD||limited slip differential with 3.27 ratio||G80||electronic limited slip differential with 3.73 ratio***||G96|
|Exhaust||dual-mode performance exhaust||NPP||dual-mode performance exhaust||NPP|
|Suspension||performance suspension, including dampers, rear cradle mounts, ball-jointed rear toe links and stabilizer bars||FE3||performance suspension||FE4|
|Adjustable Suspension System||not included and not available||—||Magnetic Ride Control||F55|
|Splitter||satin black front splitter||FTF||satin black front splitter||FTJ|
|Headlamps||high intensity discharge headlamps||T4F||high intensity discharge headlamps*||T4F|
|Hood Decor||satin black hood wrap||DSM||satin black hood wrap||DSM|
|Spoiler||satin black rear blade spoiler||D5S||satin black rear blade spoiler||D5S|
|Tire Brand & Model||Goodyear Eagle F1 summer-only run-flats||R0F||Goodyear Eagle F1 summer-only run-flats||R0G|
|Wheel Type||black forged aluminum wheels||56Z||satin graphite forged aluminum wheels||RSK|
|Front Wheels||20” x 8.5”||56Z||20” x 10”||RSK|
|Rear Wheels||20" x 9.5”||56Z||20" x 11”||RSK|
|Steering Wheel||microfiber suede-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel||N26||microfiber suede-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel||N26|
|Shifter||microfiber suede-wrapped shift knob||KS9||microfiber suede-wrapped shift knob||KS9|
|Seats||standard sport front bucket seats / available Recaro performance front bucket seats||A50 / AQJ||Recaro performance front bucket seats||AQJ|
|HUD||not included in LT 1LE package; available in Convenience and Lighting Package (ZN2)||—||head-up display||UV6|
|Oil Cooler||external engine oil cooler*||KC4||external engine oil cooler**||KC4|
|Cooling System||extra capacity cooling system*||V03||extra capacity cooling system**||V03|
|Rear Diff Cooler||rear differential cooler*||KNR||rear differential cooler**||KNR|
|Aux Engine Coolant||not included and not available||—||auxiliary engine coolant**||V18|
|Transmission Oil Cooler||not included and not available||—||transmission oil cooler**||KD1|
- * This feature may be listed under Heavy-Duty Cooling and Brake Package (Y4Q)
- ** This feature is not specific to the 1LE package, since it is included on all Camaro SS models
- *** This feature replaces the limited slip differential (G80) of SS models not equipped with the 1LE package
Finally, the 1LE package also carries three exclusive options:
- Premium carpeted floor mats with 1LE performance logo (WL2)
- Performance data and video recorder (UQT)
- 1LE hash mark decal (D88); interim availability
All three options are available on the 1LE package with either the V6 LT or the V8 SS engines.