A few of you have taken to our contact page to ask about the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, and whether or not the drive mode selector changes the suspension for the sports car, so we decided to clear a few things up about this interesting and important distinction.
The short answer is no – the drive mode selector does not alter the suspension properties of the Camaro ZL1 with the 1LE Track Performance Package package. However, the drive mode selector does change the suspension properties of the Camaro ZL1 without the 1LE package.
That’s because the Camaro ZL1 1LE gets Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve dampers (DSSV) from MultiMatic. It’s one of the primary features that make it such a supremely capable sports car capable of a 7:16.04 Nürburgring lap time. Meanwhile, Camaro ZL1 units without the 1LE package make use of Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) suspension. The end result is that DSSV provides no way for the driver to adjust the suspension’s characteristics, as its dampers are always in the purpose-built high-performance sport/track mode… while MRC lets the driver go from Tour to Sport to Track, although its track setting is not as extreme as that of DSSV.
To note, the purpose of both the DSSV dampers and of Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) is the same – to alter the damping properties of the suspension… but DSSV accomplishes the task through mechanical means, while MRC is electric.
We’ve already taken a deep dive into what’s going on inside Multimatic DSSV dampers as well as within the Magnetic Ride Control suspension, so what we’ll do this time around is share the differences between what the drive mode selector accomplishes for the Camaro ZL1 1LE (the one with DSSV dampers) and a “regular” ZL1 (the one with MRC suspension).
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We should also note that that the Camaro ZL1, with and without the 1LE package, can also configure steering, exhaust, and suspension options individually. This means that one can couple the less touchy throttle mapping of Tour mode with the louder exhaust note of Sport mode.
With all that in mind, as well as knowing full well that only a few have had the pleasure to sample the sixth-generation Camaro ZL1 with the 1LE package and its DSSV dampers, which suspension setup – DSSV or MRC -would you prefer in the Camaro ZL1 if you were buying one? Talk to us in the comments.
About Chevrolet Camaro
The Chevrolet Camaro is a family of sports cars that includes a two-door coupe and two-door soft-top convertible as well as various performance variants such as SS, 1LE, ZL1 and ZL1 1LE. The legendary nameplate was first introduced in 1966 and went out of production in 2002, when the model was in its fourth generation. The Camaro was re-introduced in 2009 as an all-new fifth-generation model based on the GM Zeta platform.
The Camaro is currently Chevrolet's most affordable sports car, slotting below the Chevrolet Corvette. The current model was introduced for the 2016 model year and represents the sixth generation of the Camaro nameplate. The model rides on the GM Alpha platform shared with the Cadillac ATS and Cadillac CTS, though the majority of the architecture underpinning the Camaro are unique to it.
The 2018 Chevy Camaro represents the third model year of the sixth-gen Camaro that deleted the Camaro 50th Anniversary Edition and the Krypton Green exterior color, while adding the ZL1 1LE Extreme Track Performance Package. There's also an expanded availability of the SS 1LE Track Performance Package, which is now available on the 2SS Coupe, as well as the addition of a washer fluid level sensor.
A midcycle refresh arrives for the 2019 model year that introduces new, model-specific front and rear styling, a new trim level structure for LT models that adds a new 3LT trim, and a new 1LE track performance package for the 2.0L Turbo LTG engine. The 2019 Camaro also brings the new GM 10-speed automatic transmission for SS models, the Rear Camera Mirror, third-generation infotainment systems, and various other enhancements.
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