2017 Camaro SS 1LE Package Review

2017 Camaro SS 1LE Package Review
2017 Camaro SS 1LE Package Review
2017 Camaro SS 1LE Package
The battle between the 2017 Chevy Camaro and 2017 Ford Mustang rages with every model, whether it's the base V-6 or V-8, or the most powerful trims available. Last year, Ford released a track-inspired model called the Boss 302 that I fell in love with and called the best Mustang I'd ever driven.

For 2017, Chevy is going a similar route, bringing back a track package called the 1LE, which was available on late-1980s Camaros. It can be added to any manual transmission V-8 SS, in the 1SS or 2SS trim level. Meaning you could have a 2SS 1LE Camaro. Sounds about as sexy as a Boss 302, right?

The 1LE doesn't get a manually adjustable suspension or a radically loud exhaust system, as does the 2017 Boss 302. It does, however, get some suspension revisions borrowed from the ZL1, though not the ZL1's magnetic suspension.

You will, however, get the 2017 ZL1's lightweight wheels and its front tires at all four corners. (The ZL1 has wider rear tires.) I think it's these super-sticky Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires, at nearly $400 apiece, that helped me keep the 1LE firmly planted on the twisty track at Gingerman Raceway in Michigan.

Where Road America has you speeding and then braking quickly between tight turns, Gingerman is a series of apexes that keeps you on your toes. It's very easy to lose your line or go too fast when connecting these turns, and that's when a 420-hp, rear-wheel-drive car can get away from you.

But here, too, the 1LE felt secure. On the Road America track, the Boss' back end swung around quite easily, but I still felt in control. The 2017 Camaro's back end did a better job of staying put, coming loose only at the very extremes of cornering ... basically, when I made a mistake.

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to drive the 1LE on the streets to see how much the firmer suspension and larger wheels affect everyday drivability. The 2017 Boss 302 has a manually adjustable suspension with five settings to allow both for more comfortable daily driving and for extreme track use.

The 1LE comes with a black lip spoiler on the trunk lid, a black front splitter and a black matte wrap over the hood to differentiate it from the regular 2017 Camaro SS. Personally, I could do without the matte hood. It didn't look like a natural fit for the car's design. You can add the $3,500 1LE package to any SS exterior color. The 1SS 2017 Camaro starts at $37,035. The 2017 Boss starts at $42,995.