Say goodbye to one of the best sub-$40,000 track cars on the market.
When the Chevrolet Camaro was reborn, it arrived as a legitimate sports coupe. Of course, the meatheads will always look down on non-V8 optioned models, but the Camaro in four-cylinder and V6 form is still a great car. Modern V6 and turbocharged four-cylinders rarely disappoint anymore, and a Camaro packaged with either makes for a fun sports coupe with real handling chops. Chevy gets this, and that's why it offers the 1LE package for those that want to take their car to the track, whether they have the V8 engine or not. In fact, the 2.0-liter turbo-powered Camaro with the 1LE package is one of the best bang-for-your-buck track cars you can get for under $40,000. However, we have learned that the 1LE package will no longer be available on LT models.
The 1LE package first showed up on 2016 model year cars for the sixth-generation Camaro, then for V6 LT models in the 2017 model year, and four-cylinder turbo models in 2019. It bulks up the Camaro for track duty with, amongst other things, extra cooling for the drivetrain, a limited-slip differential, Brembo brakes, a dual-mode exhaust system, a short-throw shifter, and upgraded suspension from the Camaro SS model. It also adds cool aesthetic additions like more aerodynamic body parts, a satin black hood wrap, and forged aluminum wheels wrapped with Goodyear Eagle summer tires. According to the report, the 1LE package will only be available for the V8-powered SS and ZL1 models now.
No reason for dropping the 1LE package has been given yet, but we do know the Camaro's future is hanging in the balance. It's the slowest selling of the Detroit-three's muscle cars and rumor has it that the sixth generation's lifespan is to be stretched beyond 2024, likely until 2026. There will not be a three-cylinder model but, given GM's commitment to going all-electric by 2035, it appears that if there is a seventh-generation model, it will be battery-powered.