2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE Not Available With 2SS Trim Level19
The sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro 1LE differs in three distinct ways from the fifth-gen model:
- It is applied to the all-new, sixth-generation car.
- It will be available on a Camaro powered by a six-cylinder engine.
- It will not be available on the high-end 2SS trim level.
We’re here to focus on that last item.
As we outlined previously, the 2017 Camaro 1LE will be available in one body style — the hard-top coupe — and three trim levels: the V6-powered 1LT and 2LT, as well as the V8-powered 1SS.
|Make & Model||Body Style||Engine||Model||Trim Level||Official Name|
|2017 Chevrolet Camaro||Coupe||6.2L V8 LT1||SS||1SS||Camaro SS 1LE|
|2017 Chevrolet Camaro||Coupe||3.6L V6 LGX||LT||1LT||Camaro LT 1LE|
|2017 Chevrolet Camaro||Coupe||3.6L V6 LGX||LT||2LT||Camaro LT 1LE|
This means that only the more spartan 1SS can be had with the 1LE track pack, leaving the high-end SS trim and all of its ancillary convenience and active safety features out of the picture — a bummer for those who want the amenities of the 2SS trim with the performance and handling benefits of the 1LE package. By contrast, the last (fifth-generation) Camaro offered the 1LE package on both the 1SS and 2SS trims, while foregoing anything with a V6.
So, equipping the 1SS Camaro with the 1LE package and foregoing the 2SS trim means not getting these features and equipment:
- Dual zone automatic climate control
- Frameless auto-dimming inside rearview mirror
- Bose premium audio system
- Illuminated sill plates
- Interior spectrum lighting
- Uplevel interior décor accents
- Heated steering wheel
- Auto-dimming driver-side outside rearview mirror
- Side Blind Zone Alert and Cross Traffic Alert
- Rear Parking Assist
- Wireless charging pad
- Memory driver seat and exterior mirrors
In addition, the following features unique to the 2SS trim are replaced with those specific to the 1LE package, if it were possible to configure the two together:
|Item||2017 Camaro 2SS Feature||Replaced By 1LE Package|
|Seats:||heated/ventilated leather-appointed power 8-way driver and power 6-way front passenger||manual-adjusting Recaro performance front bucket seats|
|Steering Wheel:||heated steering wheel||3-spoke sueded microfiber steering wheel|
|Head-Up Display:||Head-Up Display included in 2SS||Head-Up Display included in 1LE|
|Tires:||245/40ZR20 front and 275/35ZR20 rear blackwall summer-only run-flat||285/30R20 front and 305/30R20 rear blackwall summer-only|
The GM Authority Take
Though the decision to exclude the 1LE package from the 2SS trim might not be of significance to those looking for a V8-powered track car that can double as a sporty, yet barebones daily driver, there are those (like yours truly) who prefer the best of both worlds: the convenience of features furnished in the 2017 Camaro 2SS trim combined with the capability of a weekend track racer brought about by the 1LE package, resulting in one luxurious, livable yet capable grand tourer.
Here’s to hoping that subsequent models years of the gen six Camaro will allow the packaging of the 2SS trim with the 1LE package.
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I agree, the package needs to be available on the 2SS as well. It seems as though there were more available options on the Gen 5 1SS than is on this generation. I guess Chevy doesn’t want the 1LE to go into the mid to high 50 thousands by having all of the 2SS options available with a budget racer.
This boils down to uptake. If you want a 1LE 2SS, you can make it yourself with a seat and a tire swap. My guess is almost nobody with a 5th Gen 2SS opted for 1LE.
While selling those 2SS seats to bolt on to a cheaper Camaro might not pan out, the tires are very desirable, and you can get those tires after purchase.
Frankly the main reason 1LE isn’t offered is that 2SS has most of the content anyways.
Yeah, unfortunately, we don’t know how many opted for the fifth-gen 2SS 1LE. I was this close (this close!) to getting one myself a few years ago. Ended up getting my ATS instead.
But even if you got the 2SS, you would not get the following 1LE equipment (from the factory build):
1. Upgraded 6-piston front brakes
3. Performance suspension (FE4)
4. Body kit, including the satin black front splitter, hood wrap and blade spoiler. These, however, you can get as add-ons later.
5. The “fat” Goodyear Eagle F1 summer-only run-flats (as you mentioned)
6. Equally “fat” satin graphite forged aluminum wheels
7. 3-spoke sueded microfiber steering wheel
8. Sueded microfiber shift knob
These SS 1LE features are optional on the 2SS:
1. Dual-mode exhaust
2. Magnetic Ride Control
3. Recaro front buckets
And these features are unique to the 2SS that the 1LE replaces:
1. Heated steering wheel
– That’s it
Luckily, the additional powertrain/drivetrain cooling equipment is already part of the 2SS. But still, I’d like to see a gen six 2SS 1LE. Opening that up will allow GM to sell more units of the 1LE and the 2SS, though those opting for the 2SS 1LE might not be many. Either way, the extra sales that might be had from these will help pay for the R&D of the 1LE package and/or contribute to some hefty margins.
Alex, I totally agree with you….I too want the “best of both worlds”. Another fine comparison.
PS: a typo in the ” Replaced By 1LE Package” column [regarding tires] reads: 85/30R20 front and 305/30R20 rear blackwall I believe a “2” was omitted and should read 285/….
Again, keep those comparisons coming…THANKS
Good catch. Thanks for noticing; just fixed it.
More comparisons coming soon 🙂
Alex, another idea for a comparison would be 2017 Camaro ZL1 verses 2017 Corvette Grand Sport.
Just incase you haven’t thought of it. Yes, please keep the comparisons coming!!
I think they are just trying to keep the price down and trying to keep a little of the original intent of the 1LE package in place.
If we look back the 1LE was a limited option package that really was intended for racing. If I recall it used to not even include AC.
Only 6 1988 and 11 1989 cars were built. You had to know someone to get one and you generally had to be a Chevy SCCA show room stock racer. Most came with roll cages from the factory.
I remember them driving from Detroit to Nelson Ledges Raceway to run the 24 hours of Nelson. This was a no holds bared race where GM, Porsche and others would bring prototype production cars that were factory prepped to the race. This is where we saw the 1LE first and the 944 Turbo etc. Even earlier the Corvette was raced till it was banned since it won all the time.
Another thing is most of the 1LE parts are available to order and you can buy them for any Camaro.
It would make sense profit wise to offer it but I am sure GM has a good reason for marketing or pricing to not offer it.
It may also prove they have a future model that may make use of these parts or more that will take the place of a 2SS model. I think we should just watch to see what develops. They may make something of the 2SS that we do not see today.
Bad idea. I was waiting for the 1le now I might just buy a 2ss. I want all the creature comforts
And next year , the 2.0 turbo with the 1LE …………..
There are Chevrolet Performance parts, including the 1LE that you put for those who own a 2016/2017 2SS. I hope that it’s available or unveiled officially at the 2016 SEMA show.
True, one can make a 1LE from Chevy Performance Parts. Not sure how big of a market that is, and it still leaves a lot of people out of the factory 2SS 1LE game.
Seems no one is griping about the 1LE’s lack of the Bose Radio and Dual-Zone climate control. I have been crawling the web for months trying to find out more information about the new 2017 1LE as my next track and summer car, and this is the first I’ve seen. Frankly, if it’s a track-only car, then you’ll get yourself something used that’s stripped down with a roll cage and weighs basically <2700 pounds and you have to tow it to the track. But for the 95% of us who enjoy track days (including myself), we also enjoy daily driving them in the summer when the whether is nice. And when it's 90+ degrees outside, you want good air-con, and when you're cruising, you want some good sounding music. The other stuff like automatic adjusting seats, heated cooled steering wheel, adjustable mood lighting, etc., that's easy to live without, but the air-con and stereo are things you use all the time, and should be considered standard with the option to delete and save $500. A lack of a good stereo and air-con might likely be the deal breaker for me. 🙁 Bummer, I was sold on the car outside of that.
It comes with a/c, it just lacks dual zone control. When I was selling audio equipment, 7 yrs ago, Bose was absolute garbage. A company made on marketing, the worst in the industry. You’d be better off getting an amp and a good set of Polks. Aside from the auto dimming mirror, the rest is useless. The Recaro’s are preferable, note it’s optional equipment on the 2SS. You guys really upset you don’t have the opportunity to plop down 5gs for that junk?
In the 6th Gen. Camaro I see a relatively affordable world class luxury GT and sports car. A car for all seasons and purposes, this whole notion of spending 45K on a track toy is really absurd, and how few are going to actually do that. Most of the time back seats are for kids, they love climbing back there, and would love the in the cave effect. TNow the 2SS is a well appointed and commodious package, fit for diverse purposes; the coloured lighting is in my view too cool to be excluded from the Camaro. A 2SS 1LE available with the new 10 speed automatic, tuned and multi-moded specifically for it, plus the e-diff, and MR shocks would make for a supremely appealing and versatile car one could keep for a lifetime. It would be as the Grand Sport Camaro. If GM has put so much effort into the development of this high performance transmission they should make it available in the 1LE as well as the ZL1 because the reality remains that manuals limit the car’s versatility and desirability to many people and to families. Not everyone who might really enjoy owning a high performance GT car wants or needs a more expensive gas guzzling supercharged monster, the LT1 is suitably ferocious and happily quite efficient. Again this “Track Car” notion does not comport with the real world, if Chevy wants to sell this car they should stop prescribing the customer’s choices.
I’m not sure I agree with the notion of a 2SS 1LE or making the 1LE with an automatic. If your looking for a GT 1st car and the track isn’t something you care about, they have a car for you, it’s called the 2SS. If you look at the parts of the 1LE package its namely all suspension and brakes, things not necessary for a GT car but are for the track. This car is for the demographic that is track 1st, GT 2nd, even if GT driving is 95% of what it’s used for. I was originally thinking like you, but I thought about it for a while and last week placed my order for the new 1LE and I’m ecstatic.
If you justify a sports car for its practicality, then one is missing the point. Sports cars are inherently compromised. If you want a practical and sporty car then get an Audi S4 or BMW 340xi.
I get out to 5-7 track weekends a year. I want a car I can track, but not a stripped out car that isn’t street legal because I also want to enjoy it as a summer. But for me, it’s track toy first, summer car second, even though I spend 95% of the time not on the race track. Why? Because I’m a track enthusiast and wanted a super car killer for the track that I can enjoy in the summer for a price that didn’t break the bank. I live in the city of Chicago and do t have the parking space for a trailer, truck, and race car. Nor do I have a racing budget. This is a car built for enthusiasts who want to drive to the track, blow 911’s and M3’s away, and drive home. I’m exactly the demographic they targeted. I’m willing to live with the manual transmission even in the city because I’m an a regular Joe whose a track enthusiast on a middle class income. For practicality, I’m keeping my 9 year old Audi with 130k miles with an automatic for its split folding seats, AWD, and ability to fit car seats. But for all those other days I’ll keep my 1LE and everything I’ve got to compromise and still be wearing an ear to ear grin.
The 1le has traditionally been a bare bones track capable car with performance in mind and luxury not. All the options the 2ss includes would bring extra weight to the 1le, which would hamper it’s track time which is why Chevy didn’t include them. If you’re looking for a luxurious track car, go with cadillac or the zl1. That’s GMs mindset and one I agree with.
Well i was really interested in this car but if i can’t get leather seats and the bose sound system forget it!
I wonder what the diff is in lap times between a 1LE 3.6V6 and a 1LE turbo 2.0 ?
I personally like that the 1le is only on the 1ss. I like all those luxurious options sure but I’m not buying a luxurious car I want a track focused car I can take to the track on weekends and I don’t want the extra weight those options add. Also I’m glad I don’t have to pay for a bunch of stuff I don’t care if the car has just to get those performance options I really want. Not to mention to many people buy these cars for attention not because they are true enthusiasts and the manual transmission and lack of all those fancy features will keep most of those people from buying the 1le. So the people that do buy the it are more likely to be less douch bags and more enthusiasts which is awesome.