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Chicago LIVE: 2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE

The optional 1LE package is designed for buyers who want to hit the track.

Chevrolet's heritage-laced 1LE package is returning to the Camaro lineup for the 2017 model year.

Offered on both V8- and V6-powered cars for the first time, the optional 1LE package is designed primarily for buyers who occasionally want to hit the track. V6-powered cars benefit from a sportier ride thanks to a firmer suspension, four-piston Brembo brakes, a mechanical limited-slip differential, and 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped by Goodyear Eagle F1 tires. Chevrolet has also added a dual exhaust system and a fuel system borrowed from the SS.

The list of options includes Recaro bucket seats for the front passengers, and the Performance Data Recorder that's already available on the Chevrolet Corvette and Cadillac's hot-rodded ATS-V and CTS-V models.

When ordered with a V8, the 1LE package also brings Magnetic Ride Control, an electronic limited-slip differential, and six-piston Brembo brakes. V8-powered cars come standard with Recaro buckets, but the Performance Data Recorder remains on the list of extra-cost options.

The package doesn't bring any major mechanical modifications, and it can't be ordered with the 2.0-liter four-banger. The Camaro is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine that makes 335 horsepower, while the Camaro SS ups the ante with a 6.2-liter V8 tuned to generate 455 horsepower. Visually, cars ordered with the 1LE package are distinguishable by a racing-inspired satin black hood that reduces glare, a front splitter, and a specific three-piece spoiler out back.

The 1LE package will be available on all V6- and V8-powered 2017 Camaros fitted with a manual transmission starting this fall. Chevrolet will publish pricing and performance information in the weeks leading up to the package's on-sale date.

Live images by Brian Williams.

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