Muscle Madness – The New Chevy Camaro ZL1 1LE Coupe
The Chevy Camaro ZL1 was already the auto equivalent of that dude who works out four hours a day so it’s only natural that Chevy might pump their legendary muscle car up with proverbial steroids. Introducing the 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE, Chevy’s living proof that there’s always room for more agility and a tighter body. This track-focused two-door meathead of a coupe is being touted by the company as the “most Camaro thing we’ve ever done”, which let’s be honest is exactly how a jacked-up meathead would describe it.
Among the many noted improvements offered by the 1LE is supremely advanced aerodynamics. The employment of features like a carbon fibre wing, a three-piece mounted blade-style spoiler, a large front splitter and air deflectors combine to boost the downforce and achieve insanely efficient handling on those corners and turns. Allowing for even greater control is some next-level suspension bolstered by Chevy’s trademarked Magnetic Ride Control, which adjusts the dampers and rear stabilizer bar to handle virtually any extreme no matter how quickly that extreme might arrive. Things like forged aluminium wheels and decreased thickness on the rear glass amount to a healthy 60-pound drop from the regular ZL1. Inside the car are RECARO seats with optimised bolsters, a suede-wrapped, flat-bottomed steering wheel, and performance data recording so you might one day show your kids exactly what it was like to defy death (or at least give them something to watch at your funeral).
Of course no true muscle car is worthy of its name if it’s not packing some serious power under the skin. Giving the Camaro its soul is a supercharged 6.2 litre LT4 V8 that delivers 650 hp and pairs with 6-speed manual transmission and a dual mode exhaust system. As of yet, Chevy is remaining tacit on exact speeds but it did say that in recent track tests the 1LE bested the standard ZL1 by three seconds. Needles to say, the ZL1 1LE is a lean, mean driving machine. Like that diligent dude at the gym, this menacing beast is all muscle.