The track-focused Camaro ZL1 1LE was introduced for the 2018 model year with a six-speed manual serving as the sole transmission option. This made sense, seeing as the ZL1 1LE is an enthusiast package that appeals to those with a penchant for a third pedal, but the addition of the 10-speed should widen the trim’s appeal a bit.
“This transmission is optimized for speed,” Camaro Chief Engineer Mark Dickens said in a statement. “With unique Track Mode calibrations and 10 gears, you are always in the perfect gear when rolling on or off the throttle. You may not be a professional race car driver, but now you can shift like one.”
Additionally, GM has done some recalibrating with the Camaro ZL1 1LE’s electronic limited slip differential and performance traction management system for 2019. The automaker says the Multimatic spool valve dampers have been retuned as well, while the vehicle also gets a new transmission oil pan and an additional cooling duct for the steering gear.
The Camaro ZL1 1LE package otherwise remains unchanged from the 2018 model year, returning with the same aero kit and the same lightweight wheels shod in extra sticky Goodyear tires. The ZL1 1LE is also 50 lbs lighter than the standard car thanks to the lighter wheels, thinner window glass and a fixed back seat.
In 2017, Chevrolet lapped the 12.9-mile Nurburgring circuit in Germany in the Camaro ZL1 1LE in just 7 minutes and 16 seconds – the fastest ever lap of the track by any Camaro.
The 10-speed automatic transmission will add $1,595 to the MSRP of the Camaro ZL1 1LE. The 1LE package is also a $7,500 option for the $62,000 Camaro ZL1. Customers can order the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE with the 10-speed automatic transmission starting in late February.