Chevrolet claims the 2019 ZL1 1LE will lap the Nurburgring several seconds faster with the new automatic transmission fitted.
The covers have come off the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, and the first thing you’ll notice about the new track-focused Camaro is its familiar face. Chevrolet has adopted the pre-facelift model’s front fascia for the 2019 ZL1 1LE, which is probably a wise move after the backlash the company received over the 2019 Camaro facelift.
For the first time, the 2019 Camaro ZL1 1LE will also be available with a quick-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission beginning late February, making it "the fastest, most track-capable Camaro ever." When fitted with the 10-speed auto, Chevrolet claims drivers can "shave off several seconds from their previous lap times” on longer tracks like the Nurburgring than the six-speed manual ZL1 1LE thanks to the 1LE’s unique calibration.
Purists needn't worry though, as the 2019 ZL1 1LE will still be available with a manual shifter. "This transmission is optimized for speed,” said Camaro Chief Engineer Mark Dickens. "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.”
For the 2019 Camaro ZL1 1LE, Chevrolet has tuned the transmission, electronic limited slip differential, and performance traction management system. The front and rear Multimatic DSSV (Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve) dampers have also been recalibrated to accommodate the quicker shifts in weight transfer. New hardware includes a new transmission oil pan and an additional cooling duct for the steering gear.
"Adding an automatic transmission is another example of the Camaro portfolio delivering what customers want. This ultimate 1LE is another appealing option that is true to its racing heritage,” said Steve Majoros, director of Chevrolet passenger car and crossover marketing.
Under the hood, you’ll still find a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine that produces a hefty 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. Additional ZL1 1LE features include a carbon fiber rear wing, specific air deflectors and dive planes on the front fascia, lightweight forged aluminum wheels that are an inch wider but an inch smaller in diameter than the standard ZL1 wheels, thinner rear glass, and a fixed-back rear seat. These modifications help reduce the car’s weight by more than 50 pounds compared to the standard ZL1 Coupe.
Chevrolet is charging $7,500 for the ZL1 1LE Track Performance Package, while the available 10-speed automatic transmission carries an MSRP of $1,595.