Chevy’s 2019 Camaro gets Turbo 1LE
Las Vegas — The 2019 Camaro debuted here this week, and it will offer the muscle car’s first-ever 2.0-liter Turbo 1LE track package.
The new Turbo 1LE joins the widening ranks of the Camaro 1LE packages, including the V6 1LE, SS 1LE and the ZL1 1LE.
The Camaro 1LE is a track-performance package that began on the third-generation Camaro in the 1980s and ’90s. The introduction of the entry-level Turbo 1LE represents a more attainable track-ready Camaro, book-ending the range-topping ZL1 1LE introduced on the 2018 model.
It’s designed to battle in the growing entry-level track car segment, Camaro chief engineer Al Oppenheiser told the press this week, including the Kia Stinger, the new Hyundai Veloster N, Ford Focus ST/RS, Honda Civic SI/Type-R and Subaru BRZ tS and WRX/STI. Chevrolet has not released pricing information, but the competition it identified ranges from about $25,000 to $35,000.
The Turbo 1LE comes exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission and borrows a chassis package from the V6 1LE to offer more track-capable performance, Chevrolet said. It packs 275 horsepower and 295 pounds-feet of torque. It comes with a Driver Mode Selector with Sport Mode and a new Track Mode. The Competition Mode within Sport and Track modes includes performance instrument readouts, launch control and shift lights.
Aside from the Turbo 1LE, the 2019 Camaro has a few other new offerings. The SS is now offered with a 10L80 10-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission, and all models are equipped with Chevrolet’s newest Infotainment 3 systems. It also features an available rear camera mirror and available forward collision alert.
On the outside, the 2019 Camaro gets a facelift with details in the grille and fascia vents designed to optimize airflow. The new front-end styling is also distinct to each model, with the SS retaining the “flowtie” open bow-tie grille emblem. All models also get new rear fascia, with distinct diffusers on RS and SS when equipped with dual exhaust. The RS and SS also get new 20-inch wheel designs.
“Lauded since its introduction for its balance of driving fun, refinement and value, the restyled 2019 Camaro reaches even higher with more of the design, technology and choices that customers want,” Steve Majoros, Chevrolet marketing director for cars and crossovers, said in a statement. “It’s a performer with few competitors and a pillar of Chevrolet’s energized car lineup.”