Looks mean, doesn’t it? This is the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, and behind that beast of a face is the most track-capable Camaro ever and a new performance benchmark, Chevy says.

It’s the ZL1, the fastest Camaro ever, beefed up using the track-focused 1LE formula. The resulting Camaro ZL1 1LE incorporates racing-based suspension and aero technologies, as well as exclusive Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R summer-only tyres. No changes to the 650 hp supercharged LT4 V8 engine and six-speed manual gearbox.

“The track-focused 1LE package offers progressive levels of performance across the Camaro lineup, from the V6 1LE to the SS 1LE. But with the new ZL1 1LE, the progression takes a quantum leap – this is the ultimate track-day Camaro,” said Camaro chief engineer Al Oppenheiser.

General Motors says that in preliminary testing, the new Camaro ZL1 1LE was three seconds faster than the standard ZL1 Coupe (there’s also a ZL1 Convertible) around GM’s 4.7 km, 18-turn Milford Road Course test track. The improved track performance is driven by four key elements – aero, adjustable suspension, wheels/tyres and reduced weight.

New aero features including a carbon fibre rear wing, specific air deflectors and dive planes on the front fascia produce grip-generating downforce to help the car stick harder and drive faster in turns.

The ZL1 1LE features racing-derived, lightweight Multimatic DSSV (Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve) dampers. The front ride height is adjustable with the front dampers, which are used with new, adjustable camber plates. The rear stabiliser bar also offers three-way adjustability. All of the components are designed for quick changes at the track and a quick return to street settings when the track day ends.

New, lightweight forged aluminium wheels are an inch wider but an inch smaller in diameter, front and rear, than standard ZL1 rims. They are used with new Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R tyres that deliver max lateral grip of 1.10g and warm up faster. The overall footprint grows by around 10% over the ZL1, but the rim/tyre package weighs about 3.3 kg less per corner.

The lighter wheels and dampers, along with reduced thickness rear glass and a fixed-back rear seat, contribute to an approximately 27 kg lower kerb weight than a standard ZL1 Coupe. Brembo brakes, including red calipers with the 1LE logo, are also included. Other standard features include dual-zone climate control, Bose audio and heated/ventilated front seats and steering wheel.

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