Chevy chops 1LE Track packages from four- and six-cylinder Camaros
When the 2022 Chevrolet Camaro goes into production later this summer, Chevy’s delightful 1LE track package will be absent from the build sheets of four- and six-cylinder Camaros, according to a new report by GM Authority.
The 1LE package was your ticket for bolstering the Camaro’s already-impressive track prowess straight from the factory. Tick the box, and you scored a raft of mechanical upgrades: extra coolers for your engine oil, differential, and transmission; an upgraded fuel system from the Camaro SS; a mechanical limited-slip differential with a 3.27:1 ratio; and the higher-tech FE3 suspension system from the Camaro SS. It was a stellar package that turned the Camaro from athletic pony car to genuine corner-killer. We thought the 3.6-liter V-6 in particular sounded fantastic with that package’s dual-mode exhaust.
Alas, it appears that the take rate on the package didn’t satisfy Camaro product planners. Just 7089 Camaros—of any and all configurations—found new homes last quarter, and we’d bet that very few of those were six- or four-cylinders with the 1LE package. Thankfully, the 1LE pack will still be offered on the V-8-powered Camaro SS and on the supercharged, V-8-powered ZL1.
The reduced availability of the 1LE package is yet another bit of unfortunate news for GM’s pony car; as of January 1, the 2021 Camaro SS and ZL1 were no longer eligible for sale in the states of California and Washington due to the percentage of copper in their Brembo brake pads. 2022 models, however, will be fair game in all 50 states when they hit dealer lots.
If you were one of the few people who specced a six- or four-cylinder Camaro with the 1LE package, congratulations—you now own a low-volume rarity.