You would be forgiven for having forgotten about the new 1LE package for the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS. Announced back in March, this performance upgrade package was quickly overshadowed by the arrival in dealerships of the 580-horsepower Camaro ZL1. While the Camaro lineup's big dog may be all that anyone's been talking about, not everyone can afford to step up to the Shelby-slayer. So, just like Ford found room for the Boss 302 between the Mustang GT and GT500, so too has Chevy made space for the 1LE between the SS and ZL1.

Chevy has finally released official images of the 2013 Camaro SS with the 1LE package, and the good news is that this isn't your average SS. A matte black hood, front splitter and rear spoiler are the most obvious tells that you're not looking at a normal Camaro, though the car's black-finished 10-spoke wheels come straight from the ZL1. The 1LE borrows other things from the ZL1, including some suspension hardware, much of its fuel system, its flat-bottom steering wheel and a short-throw shifter, the latter of which is mated to a 1LE-exclusive Tremec TR6060-MM6 six-speed manual transmission designed for the particular abuses of road racing.

The car also receives larger front and rear stabilizer bars than the standard SS, higher-capacity rear-axle half shafts, mono tube rear dampers and a strut tower brace. Nope, there are no engine upgrades, so you'll have to make do with the same 426-hp 6.2L LS3 V8 in the SS. That makes the 1LE less powerful (and significantly heavier) than the 444-hp Boss 302 against which it will inevitably be compared, but it's also less expensive. Final pricing isn't available, but Chevy says it will land under $40 large (the Boss 302 starts at $42,200).

Also of note is the new seven-inch touchscreen that will be standard equipment atop the center stack of all 2013 Camaros. The new screen will control the car's entire suite of audio options, including MyLink hookups with apps like Pandora and Stitcher. Later in the year, buyers will also be able to pair the screen with the first available GPS navigation system for the Camaro.
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Camaro/Camaro SS - 2013

New for 2013:


1LE performance package
Dual-mode exhaust available on SS
Electric power steering on SS
Chevrolet MyLink and color-touch navigation
Hill start assist now standard on all manual transmissions
ZL1-style shift knob standard on all manual transmissions
Remote vehicle start now included on 1LT and 1SS with automatic transmission
Blue Ray Metallic exterior color
Frameless inside rearview mirror
New 18-inch and 20-inch wheel designs
Mojave leather interior trim

2013 CHEVROLET CAMARO RANGE EXPANDS WITH TRACK-READY 1LE PACKAGE

The road-racing-inspired Camaro 1LE performance package returns for 2013 with unique gearing, suspension tuning and tires that make the model capable of more than 1 g of lateral acceleration and a sub-three minute lap time at Virginia International Raceway's Grand Course. It is offered on Camaro SS coupes with manual transmissions.

All Camaro SS models now feature variable-effort electric power steering and an available dual-mode exhaust system on manual transmission-equipped models. Both features were introduced on the Camaro ZL1.

The 2013 Camaro lineup includes:

The 323-horsepower (241 kW) V-6-powered LS coupe and LT coupe and convertible – including the 2LS with an EPA-rated 30 mpg on the highway
The Camaro SS coupe and convertible, with a 6.2L V-8 delivering up to 426 horsepower (318 kW)
The 580-horsepower (432 kW) supercharged Camaro ZL1 coupe and convertible. (Please see the separate Camaro ZL1 release for complete details.)
In addition to the new performance features offered on the Camaro SS, all 2013 Camaro models offer a wider range of choices and enhancements that will help it remain America's most popular sports car. New and revised content includes:

Chevrolet MyLink and color-touch radio standard on LT, SS, and ZL1 models
Chevrolet MyLink and color-touch radio with GPS map navigation (late availability)
Hill start assist now standard on all manual transmissions
ZL1-style shift knob standard on all manual transmissions
Remote vehicle start now include on 1LT and 1SS with automatic transmission
Blue Ray Metallic exterior color
Frameless inside rearview mirror
New 18-inch and 20-inch wheel designs
Mojave leather interior trim.

1LE details

The 1LE package is offered on 1SS and 2SS coupe models with an exclusive Tremec TR6060-MM6 six-speed manual transmission. Paired with a numerically higher 3.91 final-drive ratio, the close-ratio gearing of the transmission is tuned for road-racing performance. As with the ZL1, the 1LE transmission features a standard air-to-liquid cooling system for track use.

The 1LE also features exclusive, monotube rear dampers instead of the twin-tube dampers on SS models. The new hardware allowed engineers to tune the 1LE suspension to focus on optimal body-motion control while preserving much of the ride quality and wheel-motion control of the Camaro SS.

Other changes to optimize the 1LE for track-day use include:

Larger, 27-mm solid front stabilizer bar, and 28-mm solid rear stabilizer bar for improved body control
Higher-capacity rear-axle half shafts to cope with increased levels of traction
Strut tower brace for improved steering feel and response
ZL1-based 20 x 10-inch front and 20 x 10-inch aluminum wheels
285/35ZR20 Goodyear Eagle Supercar G:2 tires front and rear (identical to the front tires for ZL1)
ZL1 wheel bearings, toe links and rear shock mounts for improved on-track performance
ZL1 high-capacity fuel pump and additional fuel pickups for improved fuel delivery during high-load cornering.
Visually, the 1LE package is distinguished by its matte black hood, front splitter and rear spoiler – as well as the 10-spoke ZL1-based wheels, which are finished in black. The functional front splitter and rear spoiler contribute to the car's on-track performance by helping to reduce aerodynamic lift at high speeds.

Inside, the 1LE package incorporates the ZL1's flat-bottom steering wheel, trimmed in sueded-microfiber and designed for easier heel-and-toe driving on the racetrack. The quick-acting, short-throw shifter from the ZL1 is also trimmed in sueded-microfiber.

In anticipation of consumers entering the 1LE in amateur-racing events, Chevrolet is pursuing SCCA approval of the 1LE package for Touring Class competition.

The Camaro 1LE package was introduced in 1988, inspired by Camaro's involvement in Pro-Am road racing.

MyLink details

Chevrolet's color touch radio with MyLink infotainment is available on 2013 Camaro LS, SS and ZL1 models. The color touch radio, with a seven-inch touch screen, also can be paired with an available in-dash GPS navigation system – a first for the Camaro.

The color touch radio with MyLink gives customers a higher level of in-vehicle wireless connectivity and customized infotainment options, while building on the safety and security of OnStar. It seamlessly integrates online services such as Pandora® internet radio and Stitcher SmartRadio® using hands-free voice and touch-screen controls via Bluetooth-enabled phones.

MyLink adds stereo audio streaming and wireless control of smartphones, building on the voice-activated Bluetooth hands-free calling capability already offered in most Chevy vehicles. The high-resolution, full-color touch screen display makes media selection easy to navigate. MyLink also retains all the capabilities of today's entertainment functions, including AM/FM/Sirius XM tuners, auxiliary and USB inputs.

Camaro design and exterior features

Camaro's heritage-inspired interior and exterior convey sportiness through iconic design cues. A rear spoiler is standard on all models and a variety of stripe packages offers a broad range of personalization features.

LT and SS models are available with the RS package, which adds 20-inch wheel, body-color roof moldings and antenna, as well as high-intensity discharge headlamps. Eighteen-inch wheels are standard on LS and LT model, with 20-inch wheels standard on SS.

The Camaro convertible brings top-down driving fun and style to LT and SS models. And because the architecture for the fifth-generation Camaro was designed to accommodate a convertible model, it gives the cars coupe-like driving dynamics. Four strategic reinforcements enhance the already-stiff body structure to quell the cowl and steering wheel shake common in convertibles. They include:

A tower-to-tower brace under the hood
A transmission support reinforcement brace
Underbody tunnel brace
Front "X" brace and stiffer cradle as well as rear underbody "V" braces.

All convertible models feature a standard rear vision camera system. It is also standard on 2LT and 2SS models and available on 1LT and 1SS.

Exterior colors include Summit White, Black, Crystal Red Tintcoat, Victory Red, Rally Yellow, Inferno Orange Metallic, Ashen Grey Metallic and Blue Ray Metallic. The convertible top color choices include black and beige.

Camaro interior features

Camaro's well-executed balance of heritage and contemporary features provides a fun and comfortable environment for up to four. An ambient lighting package on 2LT and 2SS trims gives the interior a special glow with LED light pipe technology.

Driver and passenger seatsfeature six-way adjustable settings (fore/aft, up/down and tilt), with power recline front seats that are standard on LT and SS models. Heated, leather-trimmed seats are part of the 2LT and 2SS trim packages.

Additional comfort and convenienceinclude a standard driver's foot rest (dead pedal), power windows with express up/down, an auxiliary gauge panel in the center console – standard in 2LT and 2SS – and a new ZL1-inspired shift knob for all manual transmissions. A leather-wrapped, three-spoke steering wheel is standard on LT and SS.

A head-up display, which projects key instrument, Turn-by-Turn navigation and audio system details on the windshield, is part of the 2LT and 2SS trim packages. And complementing the new MyLink infotainment system is a six-speaker sound system on LS, 1LT and 1SS. A 245-watt, Boston Acoustic nine-speaker sounds system is standard on 2LT and 2SS – and available on 1LT and 1SS.

Interior color and trim choices include Black, Beige, Gray, Inferno Orange and Mojave. The Inferno Orange and Mojave combinations include contrast stitching and other details.

Camaro powertrains

Standard in LS and LT models is the LFX-code 3.6L V-6, rated at 323 horsepower (241 kW) and enabling EPA-estimated 30-mpg highway mileage (2LS model). Many lightweight engine features contribute to that, including an integrated cylinder head/exhaust manifold design that saves about 13 pounds per engine, when compared with a conventional, non-integrated design.

Two 6.2L V-8 engines are offered in the Camaro SS, including the L99 on automatic-equipped vehicles and the LS3 on manual-equipped models. Horsepower for the L99 is 400 (298 kW) at 5,900 rpm and torque is 410 lb.-ft. (556 Nm) at 4,300 rpm. The LS3 develops 426 horsepower (318 kW) and 420 lb.-ft. (569 Nm). Output on the L99 is lower than the LS3 because of a slightly lower compression ratio (10.4:1 vs. 10.7:1) and design features of the Active Fuel Management system.

All Camaro models can be equipped with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission with TapShift. Equipment and features include:

The Aisin AY6 six-speed manual is standard with the 3.6L engine, and a Hydra-Matic 6L50 six-speed automatic is optional
A Tremec TR 6060 six-speed manual is standard on the SS, and the Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic is optional
The SS model's Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual is designed to handle the high torque characteristics of the LS3 engine and is matched with a 3.45:1 final drive ratio
A close-ratio version of the Tremec TR6060 is used with the 1LE package and is matched with a 3.91 final drive ratio
Hill start assist is standard on all manual transmissions.
A dual-mode exhaust system is available on Camaro SS models with the six-speed manual transmission. Similar to the systems found on the ZL1 and Corvette models, this vacuum-actuated system provides a quieter driving experience at low engine speeds and a more aggressive sound at when aggressive acceleration is called for.

Camaro chassis and suspension

Camaro features fully independent front and rear suspensions, with the rear suspension featuring a 4.5-link system that includes a unique, L-shaped upper control arm that attaches to the knuckle at one end and incorporates a ride bushing in the rear. A sub-frame at the rear is double-isolated to minimize vehicle body motions and dampen road imperfections. Coil-over shock absorbers are used in the rear with a decoupled, hollow stabilizer bar. The front suspension has a dual-ball strut system, with a direct-acting stabilizer bar.

Four suspension packages are offered: FE2 sport on LS and LT models; FE3 on SS Convertible models, FE4 performance on SS Coupe models and the FE6 with the 1LE Performance Package.

Four-wheel disc brakes are standard on all models – including Brembo four-piston calipers on SS – with hydraulic brake assist. StabiliTrak electronic stability control is standard on all models. Competitive/sport mode on SS models enhances on-track performance and Performance Launch Control on SS models with the manual transmission optimizes hard-acceleration launches for quicker, more consistent performance.

New for 2013, an electric power steering system developed for the ZL1 is standard on all SS. This variable ratio, variable effort system provides light efforts for easy maneuverability at parking-lot speeds as well as increased resistance at higher speeds, providing more feedback and a more direct steering feel.

Camaro safety and crash-avoidance features

The Camaro is designed to help drivers avoid crashes, while protecting occupants in the event a crash occurs. A strong body structure is designed to absorb crash energy and provide a protective "safety cage" around occupants. In fact, the 2012 Camaro was the first passenger car to receive NHTSA's revised quadruple 5-star safety rating.

Additional features include:

Six standard air bags include side curtain air bags, which provide head protection for outboard passengers in the event of a side-impact or rollover crash
Rear Vision Package includes a rearview camera system to complement the rear park assist feature (standard on 2LT and 2SS; available on 1LT and 1SS)
StabiliTrak electronic stability control system helps reduce the risk of rollover crashes by keeping the vehicle in the driver's intended path by applying throttle, braking or a combination of both
Standard four-wheel disc brake system featuring smooth, quiet operation, longer pad life and more resistance to brake pulsation
Pretensioners minimize forward movement during a collision, and are standard on the front safety belts. Load-limiting retractors cinch the belt more tightly
Standard tire pressure monitoring system

Standard remote keyless entry (RKE) system provides a second function for the red panic button. Drivers can use it to locate their cars without sounding the panic alarm.

OnStar details

Six months of OnStar Directions and Connections service is standard on all Camaro models. OnStar is the global leading provider of connected safety, security and mobility solutions and advanced information technology.

OnStar's RemoteLink Mobile App allows smartphone users to control vehicle functions, access vehicle information and send directions directly to the vehicle. A new, opt-in service called FamilyLink allows subscribers to stay connected to loved ones by checking the location of their vehicle online or by signing up for vehicle location alerts.

Camaro also features new OnStar button icons. Drivers will notice an updated look for the Hands-Free Calling button, blue OnStar button and red Emergency button.

More information about OnStar can be found at www.onstar.com.


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      Gearhead SS
      • 2 Years Ago
      Pricing is available on the 1LE now. The package itself is $3500. $37,035 for the base 1SS with 1LE. Add NPP dual mode exhaust and it's $37,930.
      Dark Gnat
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dear GM: Alpha Camaro. Make it So. ASAP. The Zeta coupe can become a Monte Carlo, which would be a better fit for a coupe that large.
      roy
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is ok,but it looks like something anyone can do with the Camaro's that already on the street. The nav looks out of place,but it to is a start.Now for the name (LE1) sounds better than (1LE) my question is whats wrong with Z28 a name that every chevy fan would love to see on there Camaro again,better yet Z08 if you have something plans for the latter?
        K.L.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @roy
        I'm hoping. praying and wishing that they are saving that name for a twin turbo V6 (or the excellent I6 from the trailblazer, I know, wishful thinking) that has better handling and acceleration like the SS or base Vette.
      mrdumass44
      • 2 Years Ago
      I just hate that stupid cover on the hood!
      budwsr25
      • 2 Years Ago
      Im tired of the current camaro already. When will it go away?
      Commentotron
      • 2 Years Ago
      Interior by Fischer Price
      Bill Burke
      • 2 Years Ago
      There is a reason the Dodge Challenger is considered by many as the best all-around new generation muscle car and one close look at the Camaro explains alot. The Camaro just doesn't cut it from an ergonomics perspective and it's styling has aged and become tired quickly. Having test driven a Camaro and a Dodge I was shocked by the differences. The Camaro was cheap and poorly executed on the inside and lacked the comfort, room, amenities, ride and handling qualities of the Challenger. I believe Chevy is struggling to keep the Camaro current against the classic inspiered style of Mustang and Challenger and is pulling every rabbit in it's hat to push a stale product. There are lots of Chevy fans who have sadly based their Camaro purchases on brand loyalty alone, but an objective comparison with the competition clearly makes them realize the Challenger would have clearly been the "smart " choice. Time now to trade up and enjoy MoPar excitement and forget the fluff.
        RodRAEG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bill Burke
        Handling qualities of the Challenger? HAHAHAHAHA!!!
        David Donovan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bill Burke
        I've never heard one person (outside of a MOPAR forum) saying that the Challenger is the best all around muscle car. And LMFAO at the Challenger having better handling qualities. But I like how your "new generation muscle car" is riding on a Mercedes platform that was built in 1996 and last used in 2002. VERY new gen stuff there!
        Gearhead SS
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bill Burke
        Obviously you're wrong. Camaro and Mustang still continue to outsell the Challenger. If any of these cars are dated, it's the Challenger. it's a bloated pig of a muscle car and unless you're getting the SRT, it's an overwhelming underperformer. Looks are subjective, performance and sales numbers are not.
        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bill Burke
        Far from the best all around. Personally I think it's the Mustang because IMO it's the best balance of overall performance and styling(interior is way better than both as well). JUST looking at exterior styling I think the Challenger is the best, but that doesn't make it the best overall.
      Alberto Homs
      • 2 Years Ago
      this performance upgrade package was quickly overshadowed by the arrival in dealerships of the 580-horsepower Camaro ZL1. While the Camaro lineup's big dog may be all that anyone's been talking about, not everyone can afford to step up to the Shelby-slayer. .......SHELBY SLAYER? hahahahahahaahahahah...lol
        LBJ's Love Child
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Alberto Homs
        The ZL1 is a Shelby-slayer... in Chevy's computer simulations, in parking lot gymkhanas, and on go-kart tracks.
          timbrands
          • 2 Years Ago
          @LBJ's Love Child
          Not quite! 0-30 Shelby, 0-60: Shelby, 0-100: Shelby, 1/4 mile: Shelby. 0-200: Shelby. 70-0: Shelby. That's in reality ........not the manufacturer's "computer simulations" LOL. I'll give credit where it's due, the LT1 did beat the Shelby on a track..........but not initially. Good trick suspension and brakes. Low on power (relatively) too much understeer.
          Matt
          • 2 Years Ago
          @LBJ's Love Child
          Who cares about the drag strip? In the grand scheme of things, it's a glorified pissing contest that a drunk redneck could do. Actually man-handling a car in a direction other than straight, that takes talent. Like most of my friends, I started out drag racing my car and found it it isn't much fun. I'm never going to drive a funny car or top fuel dragster at 300mph and after breaking into the 10s there's not much fulfillment from a drag strip. But at a race track or autox course? That's the thrill I've been missing when drag racing.
          axiomatik
          • 2 Years Ago
          @LBJ's Love Child
          drag racing is boring.
        Mike
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Alberto Homs
        lol.... Thats what i was laughing at also what planet is this writer from.....planet GM?
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
        ryanandrewmartin
        • 2 Years Ago
        Not to mention, an exterior that looks as though it was designed by a 10 yr old.
        v6sonoma
        • 2 Years Ago
        I'd much rather pay for a large nav system than fumble with a crappy phone app (that most charge you a fee each month to use) Roads change but not that often. It's nice having a dash nav. I miss the one I had in my 05 CTS. But that's why it's an option for Nav. So we can both be happy. =)
          David Donovan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @v6sonoma
          My Nokia Drive App was free on my Lumia 900 and you can even download the map for each state individually so you can still use it even if you don't have a GPS signal. Price, $0
          Matt
          • 2 Years Ago
          @v6sonoma
          Funny my Android phone on Verizon and my girlfriend's iPhone on Sprint both have turn by turn navigation and they are free (no charges for the app or data/gps) and preinstalled on the phone and update regularly. I could understand if you have a feature phone and pay 10 bux a month for VZ Navigator or whatever the Sprint or AT&T equivalent is, but that's the cost of having a dumbphone.
          jtav2002
          • 2 Years Ago
          @v6sonoma
          While I'd rather have an in dash system, I still agree phone based are much better. Just using google maps on my Android phone has yielded much better results than most portable and factory installed GPS units I've used. For as little as I use nav, I just stopped using my portable Garmin altogether and go right to my phone. Annoying having to update something that still cant find half the destinations I'm looking for, especially when it's roads that have been around for decades.
      TrueDat
      • 2 Years Ago
      chevy trim level nomenclature is so dumb.. 1LE? what the hell does that mean? why not just give it a flipping name, ie BOSS. or at least just call the package "track pack" or "wheels and nav pack"... anything would be better than 1LE..
        msspamrefuge
        • 2 Years Ago
        @TrueDat
        It is pretty innocuous even as far as alphanumeric designations go. . .or so I think. I'm personally accustomed to 'LE' indicating a lower-end model.
      IOC
      • 2 Years Ago
      All I can think of is why did they not call this the Z28?
        TrueDat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @IOC
        because it's not Z/28 material.. the Z/28 is all about lightweight performance and handling. this thing is still a pig. the Z/28 will have to wait for GM's new small block V8 and smaller, lighter Alpha platform. by yesterday's standards, a modern Z/28 would have a 5.0L small block V8 (which is coming), be less than 3800 lbs, and be even more nimble round a track than the ZL-1. you can't just slap a few parts on a big ass Camaro, and call it Z/28...
          Autoblogist
          • 2 Years Ago
          @TrueDat
          "you can't just slap a few parts on a big ass Camaro, and call it Z/28..." They did just that for a decade.
          TrueDat
          • 2 Years Ago
          @TrueDat
          which is exactly why the Camaro died 10 years ago.. it became an uninsured car that wasn't true to it's heritage.
        EXP Jawa
        • 2 Years Ago
        @IOC
        I tend to agree with TrueDat on this one. I see the 1LE package as more as a competitor to the Mustang GT with the Track Pack (granted, there's a little more to it than that). But in my view, that still leaves room above the 1LE and below the ZL1 for a proper Boss 302 competitor - which would ideally use the Z28 name plate.
      ebn.hahn
      • 2 Years Ago
      Here we go again, GM and Chevy Duplicating Ford again.. Keep playing to the Mustang Camero. BTW, why dont you comeup with something original for a change....
        Jarred
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ebn.hahn
        camAro too......Also l9t8z has yer number der boy!
        l9t8z
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ebn.hahn
        The 1LE has been apart of the Camaro as a handling track option since 1989... Back when the Mustang had no track pak. Further, it is whats its been since 89... All handling upgrades with no power increase. This is just its 1st appearence on the 5th gen. Soooo, they arent copying the Mustang at all.
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