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New Chevy Camaro SS 1LE fetches $44K

by Justin King

The track-focused package is also available as a $4,500 option for the V6 Camaro.

General Motors has announced pricing details for its 2017 Camaro 1LE packages, available for both the V6 LT and V8 1SS coupes.

Bridging the gap between basic trim levels and the powerful ZL1 edition, the 1LE configurations include a few enhancements that buyers might appreciate on the street or track day.

Fetching $4,500 over the V6 LT base price, the most affordable 1LE boasts four-piston Brembo brakes, a mechanical limited-slip differential, 20-inch wheels and Eagle F1 tires. Its firmer suspension, dual exhaust system and a few fuel-delivery components are borrowed from the SS.

The 1LE is a bit pricier for the V8 1SS, adding $6,500. The extra cash covers Magnetic Ride Control dampers, an electronic limited-slip differential and six-piston Brembo brakes. It is claimed to reach maximum cornering forces of 1.02 g, while braking from 60 mph to a stop in 107 feet.

The upgraded SS steps up GM's rivalry with Ford, taking a shot at the Shelby GT350 Mustang. The Camaro's 6.2-liter V8 is tuned to deliver 455 horsepower, significantly below the the 526 ponies claimed by the GT350's flat-plane-crank V8. Despite the power disparity, GM claims the V8 1LE can reach 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds -- on par with the GT350's 4.3-second benchmark in Car and Driver tests.

The Camaro SS 1LE sells for $44,400, significantly undercutting the GT350 by more than $5,000. GM has not yet announced a specific arrival date for the new packages.

Live images by Brian Williams.