A few months ago, we showed you the very first pictures of the updated 2019 Camaro ZL1, which is nearly indistinguishable from 2017 and 2018 models save for a new rear bumper treatment and new taillamps. Today, our spy shooter caught up to a 2019 Camaro ZL1 1LE coated in the luminous Red Hot hue as the model was undergoing final validation testing in Metro Detroit.
Unlike its lesser LS, LT and SS counterparts, the 2019 ZL1 does not get the new (somewhat controversial) front fascias introduced by the mid-cycle enhancement of the Gen Six Camaro (aka the 2019 Camaro facelift). Instead, it continues with the same beautifully-aggressive muzzle introduced by the sixth-generation Camaro ZL1, which debuted for the 2017 model year.
Similarly, the 2019 Camaro refresh brings nothing new in terms of the side profile. However, those paying particular attention will notice a new pair of taillamps when looking from the side.
The biggest and most noticeable update to the 2019 Camaro ZL1 is the introduction of a redesigned rear fascia, which consists of a new bumper cover and new dual-element taillamps.
The rear bumper cover has been completely reworked, while a new pair of taillamps are installed into the fascia to set the updated model apart from the prior two model years.
Notably, the neutral-density taillamps are dark-tinted, which means that they are clear and also slightly darkened after the fact.
Also, check out the camera integrated into the roof-mounted fin: that lens drives the new rear camera mirror, which is a new feature on the 2019 Camaro.
Non-1LE ZL1 models see the camera lens placed in the rear spoiler, rather than on the roof. But since the spoiler stem on the carbon fiber ZL1 1LE is too narrow and the material is way too expensive to ruin by integrating a camera, the camera gets placed on the roof-mounted fin instead.
The 2019 Camaro ZL1 and ZL1 1LE remain powered by the supercharged 6.2L V-8 LT4 engine mated exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission. Output is rated at 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet torque.
Outside of the near rear bumper cover, new taillamps and a roof-mounted fin with an integrated camera lens, the rest of the changes to the 2019 Camaro ZL1 1LE are inside.
The biggest upgrade is the introduction of the new Chevrolet Infotainment 3 systems with 8-inch color touchscreen. The 2019 Camaro ZL1 1LE also offers the same system with integrated navigation. Compared to the MyLink system in the 2017-2018 Camaro ZL1, the new system offers greater personalization and a more intuitive user interface while also leveraging cloud connectivity to enhance personalization, navigation, voice recognition, apps and more.
Other new features include a full-display Rear Camera Mirror with high-definition view quality. The Camaro is the only vehicle to offer this feature in its segment. And though it is standard on 2019 ZL1 models, the latest order guide states that the system is deleted when the ZL1 1LE Track Performance Package is ordered. This circumstance, in turn, begs the question: what is the fin-integrated camera doing on this particular prototype?
The 2019 Camaro ZL1 1LE also receives the following three interior enhancements:
- Revised ambient lighting with new blended color choices
- Improved wireless charging feature
- Enhancement to the Performance Data Recorder
Lastly, the sports car sees the deletion of the Universal Home Remote on all models.
About 2019 Camaro ZL1 1LE
The 1LE Extreme Track Performance Package for the 2019 Camaro ZL1 includes the following features and equipment:
- Performance Suspension with DSSV dampers
- Red brake calipers
- Satin Black hood wrap (which appears to be missing from this prototype)
- Visible Carbon Fiber weave hood insert
- Visible weave carbon fiber rear spoiler
- Low-gloss Black outside rearview mirrors
- Dark tail lamps
- Front dive planes
- Unique front splitter with lower DRL deleted
- 305/30R19 front and 325/30R19 rear blackwall summer-only tires
- 19″ x 11″ front and 19″ x 12″ rear low gloss Black-painted forged aluminum wheels
- rear fixed seat
The track-focused ZL1 1LE model is available exclusively as a two-door coupe, and is not offered in the convertible body style.