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      07-31-2012, 02:59 PM   #1
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The performance bargain continues: Camaro 1LE


It seems to be a mid-point between the regular Camaro and the ZL1 a la Grand Sport vs the Z06...

When it comes to muscle cars, the showdown takes place at Virginia International Raceway.

At the top of the VIR leader board sits the Corvette ZR1 with a 2:45 lap time, the Viper ACR just a few ticks behind it 2:48. Now Chevrolet is touting its Camaro 1LE, which recorded a lap at 2:58.Wait a second, that's thirteen seconds off the lap record. What's remarkable about that? Well, we'll tell you.

The 1LE costs just $37k - markedly less than the $100k ZR1 and ACR. Its time places it on par with the Shelby GT500 and the base Corvette (which cost a good thirteen grand more), and more to the point, over 4 seconds faster than the five-grand-dearer Mustang Boss 302. Based on the Camaro SS (with its 6.2L 426hp V8), the 1LE upgrades with enlarged stabilizers, strut tower brace, 20" wheels and more.Of course lap times aren't infallible, with factors like climactic and driver skill altering the outcome significantly. Still, the fact that an "affordable" Camaro can dice it with the elite is impressive all on its own.
I'd be curious to see how it compares to the Boss in a smaller curved track.

Thoughts on the car??