Alongside the reveal of the 2019 Camaro, Chevrolet also dropped details on a new member of the pony car’s family: the Camaro Turbo 1LE.
As the name implies, the 2019 Camaro Turbo 1LE adds 1LE performance to the pony car’s entry-level powertrain. Chevrolet previewed a similar model with the Camaro AutoX concept in 2016.
To start, the 2019 Camaro Turbo 1LE gets a weight advantage, thanks to the tiny 2.0-liter LTG turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Weight distribution is nearly 50/50, according to the brand. Perhaps to some disappointment, the car comes without any power increases, which means we’re still looking at 275 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.
On the handling and suspension side of things, the Camaro Turbo 1LE receives an FE3 suspension with larger diameter front and rear stabilizer bars, specifically tuned dampers, stiffer rear cradle bushings and cross-axis ball joints in the rear tow links. Chevy engineers derived the setup from the Camaro V6 1LE’s suspension.
Additionally, the Turbo 1LE gains a Brembo brake package, a Driver Mode Selector with performance instrument readouts, launch control, and shift lights, and a sueded flat-bottom steering wheel and shift knob are standard. Recaro seats are optional.
Of the refreshed 2019 Camaros, we happen to believe the Camaro Turbo 1LE also wears the new looks best without the blacked-out grille piece found on the 2019 Camaro SS. The Turbo 1LE’s hood also mimics the V6 1LE and SS 1LE, which still looks quite good.
No word on when we’ll see the 2019 Camaro Turbo 1LE, but expect a late 2018 launch alongside Chevrolet’s refreshed portfolio of cars.