There Is No Doubt: The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 LE Is Totally Mental


So mental it can't even be sold in Europe.

In case you weren’t so sure, there are differences between the so-called "standard" Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and the Camaro ZL1 LE. It’s insane versus completely and unpoetically insane. The new Camaro ZL1 LE still sports the same supercharged 6.2-liter V8 with 650 hp found in the ZL1, but then Chevy engineers went to work on the car’s aero. Thanks to added aerodynamic bits, the ZL1 LE, as Motor Trend’s Jonny Lieberman excitedly points out, creates 300 pounds of downforce at 150 mph.

And yes, owners will be taking this car to 150 mph easily. They’re track rats, and this is the type of stuff they live for. Aside from the added aero (which makes the car illegal to sell in Europe), the shocks, tires, suspension and weight are the main differences that separate the ZL1 and ZL1 LE.

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For example, the ZL1 LE weighs about 60 pounds less than the ZL1. And those things matter. Big time. Partially thanks to its six-speed manual gearbox, the Camaro ZL1 LE is very much an analog machine, or about as analog as you can get these days. Chevrolet has upped the ante, so to speak, regarding track-focused muscle cars. It’s waiting for Ford’s official Mustang response, which we believe is coming soon. In the meantime, check out Motor Trend’s latest episode of Ignition, where the Camaro ZL1 LE is put to the test on both the open road and track.