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Old 12-13-2017, 07:51 PM
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fail! they need some 30" the back and 24s in the front for it to be called Hot wheel..... as least that is what the Hot wheel car looks like to me.
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https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/2...-drive-review/

A quick spin in Chevrolet's new 2.0-liter Camaro 1LE provides a reminder that power isn’t everything.

These days, the best Camaros wear 1LE badges. Whether it's fitted to a V6- or V8-powered Camaro, or even a supercharged ZL1, the 1LE kit offers substantial benefits in handling, braking, cooling and traction -- the things that matter most. If you want to get the most out of your Camaro driving experience, 1LE is the obvious way to go.

To that end, Chevy will soon offer the 1LE treatment on the base Camaro 2.0T. The aptly named Turbo 1LE arrives later this year along with the rest of the updated 2019 Camaro range, and Chevy says it'll allow customers to get into a great-handling coupe without having to pony up for a bigger engine.

The Turbo 1LE follows the same formula as its V6 and V8 siblings, meaning the powertrain carries over unchanged. Chevy's 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 puts out 275 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque in the Camaro, and while other Turbo models can be had with an automatic gearbox, the 1LE is offered exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission. Rightfully so.

For the 1LE, Chevy ditches the base car's suspension in favor of the FE3 setup from the Camaro SS, which uses larger stabilizer bars and retuned dampers, as well as stiffer bushings and ball joints at the rear. Beefier Brembo brakes are fitted at all four wheels, with four-piston stoppers up front and single-piston calipers in back. The 1LE kit also adds a mechanical limited-slip differential with a 3.27:1 final drive ratio, launch control and revised Track and Competition driving modes. Finally, the Turbo 1LE gets model-specific 20-inch wheels, wrapped in asymmetric Goodyear Eagle F1 summer tires -- 245/40-series rubber in front and 275/30-series out back.

The 1LE's enhancements become apparent when it's time to put that power to the road -- or, in this case, track. Following a very brief stint behind the wheel of a camouflaged Camaro Turbo 1LE prototype on the infield track of Las Vegas Motor Speedway, I can tell you its whole package works as advertised. The chassis improvements offer meaningful improvements in overall handling and stability.

Engine power is adequate -- enough shove to get the Camaro up and running with a quickness, but not so much that it'll get you in trouble. The Camaro's nicely weighted, direct steering makes it a joy to toss around, with crisp action from the six-speed manual gearbox. The Turbo 1LE stays flat and balanced through both long sweepers and tight corners, and because the chassis can handle way more than what the engine's throwing down, you're able to carry a lot of speed during turns. This, friends, is what's known as a "momentum car" (see also: Subaru BRZ). It's delightful.

Without the ability to drive the Turbo 1LE prototype on any surface other than the aforementioned track, I can't comment on whether or not the stiffer suspension will make this Camaro too harsh for daily-driver consideration. That said, I've driven plenty of Camaro SS models on a wide variety of surfaces, and no standout complaints come to mind. I'll want more time behind the wheel of a production Turbo 1LE before giving it a final stamp of approval, but after this short lapping session in Las Vegas, I'm perfectly optimistic.

The Turbo 1LE comes standard with the RS appearance package available on other Camaro models -- you can see an uncamouflaged 1LE here. I'll let you come to your own conclusions about the 2019 Camaro's design, but even in hot 1LE trim, I can't call it an improvement. Despite the model-specific black hood and 20-inch wheels, that new face just ruins what was previously a very attractive car.

My other issues with the Turbo 1LE aren't specific to the model itself, but rather the Camaro as a whole. The Turbo 1LE's cabin is the same as any other 2019 Camaro, aside from a unique "performance" gauge cluster. Recaro front seats are optional, and they're stellar. Chevy's new Infotainment 3 technology is on hand, too, with better graphics and simplified menus. But none of this changes the fact that there are still a number of questionable materials throughout the Camaro's interior. Hard plastics continue to line the doors and transmission tunnel. And yes, outward visibility remains terrible.

Chevy hopes the Turbo 1LE will appeal to more than just existing Camaro fans. The automaker is targeting folks who'd normally end up in a Honda Civic Si or Type R, Ford Focus ST or RS, a Volkswagen GTI or even -- really -- the new Kia Stinger. I can't imagine your typical hot hatch enthusiast suddenly wanting to bro down with the Camaro set, but with Turbo 1LE pricing expected to start around $30,000, there's certainly potential for a lot of cross-shopping.

On the other hand, if you're already in the Camaro headspace, consider this: a Turbo 1LE will likely cost about the same as a non-1LE V6. Sure, the 2.0T is down on power compared to that 3.6-liter engine, but the added handling chops more than makes up for the disparity in output. Power isn't everything, after all.

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https://www.topgear.com/car-news/new...nd-odd-styling

The Camaro now comes with a downsized four-cylinder engine and a 'flowtie'

This is the new Chevrolet Camaro, and we’re not sure whether it’s happy or sad to have been facelifted. Chevy updates the Camaro more times than we can actually keep up with, and this new, 2019 car comes with two big headlines.

First is the new look. While the car’s styling is largely intact from the 2018 model, a new LED light shape has morphed the front of the car to give it a slightly quizzical look. Depending on which model you choose, the Chevy ‘bowtie’ moves about, too. On the SS, it sits lower than the grille, allowing more air into the engine. Chevy calls this the ‘flowtie’. Oh dear.

Second is a new engine, with the Camaro going the way of the Mustang with a four-cylinder turbo unit now on offer. The Turbo 1LE gets a 2.0-litre four-pot producing a hot hatch-like 275bhp and 295lb ft.

It comes only with a six-speed manual gearbox, and gets new suspension settings to help it take advantage of the weight distribution a downsized engine brings (it’s nearly 50/50). If you’re like us, you still want the V8 regardless.

In a further Mustang-like move, higher powered Camaros now get the option of a ten-speed automatic gearbox, complete with launch control functionality. Perhaps that startled new look is the Camaro fretting about exactly how many downchanges to execute as it approaches a roundabout…
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The grille reminds me of their trucks

Now I'm even more likely to pick up a used SS 1LE
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They made it uglier. I hadn't really thought that possible.
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it's settled; Mustang over Camaro. ALL DAY EVERY DAY
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The current ZL1 is absolutely perfect. It looks so good.

This new front they created is terrible. The only thing that looks good on the new one are the taillights.
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ugh just seeing this. looks like 10 people worked on the front end.
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Finally got around to looking at these. Heartbreaking
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SS looks better than the renders in this walkthrough

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Why did they lower the Blazer?
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That front end is awful, especially with the Chevy logo right in the middle of the bumper.
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That front end is awful, especially with the Chevy logo right in the middle of the bumper.
Someone did a rendering (I think on GMAuthority) of a Camaro with the Blazer front end. It looks awesome.

The middle of the bumper bowtie is not great
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https://www.carscoops.com/2018/08/ga...worse-2018mys/

When Chevrolet gave the Camaro a mid-cycle nip and tuck for the 2019 model year, it threw in some content updates as well.

Among them were measures taken to improve fuel economy, including the introduction of a 10-speed automatic transmission on the V8-powered SS trim level and a more streamline front end standard on all grades. Guess what? MotorTrend learned they didn’t quite work.

According to the EPA’s official fuel economy figures, both the 2019 Camaro SS (pictured) and 2019 Camaro V6 automatic see a slight drop in efficiency. The 2019 Camaro SS with the 10-speed auto is rated at 16/27/20 mpg city/highway/combined, while the 2018 Camaro SS with the 8-speed auto returned a better city rating of 17 mpg (highway and combined ratings are the same).

Does the blame lie with the 10-speed automatic? We don’t know for sure, but it’s the main suspect if you ask us.

Perhaps even more curious is the case of the 2019 Camaro V6 automatic, which gets worse fuel economy ratings even though the 3.6-liter V6 engine and the eight-speed transmission have carried over unchanged from the previous model year.

While both the city/highway ratings stay the same (19/27 mpg), the combined fuel economy is worse on the 2019 model than its predecessor — 22 mpg versus 23 mpg, respectively. We’re totally lost on why that happened, especially since we’re not aware of the EPA changing the formula it uses for the 2019 model year — it did change it for 2017 but not since then.

Interestingly, the V6 model with a six-speed manual gearbox gets the same combined and city ratings as before (20 mpg and 16 mpg, respectively), but the highway mileage drops from 28 to 27 mpg. The automatic ZL1 is actually the only model that offers fuel economy improvements: the combined rating goes from 15 to 16 mpg.
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Looks like we've reached the point of diminishing returns. Fail.

6-speeds are enough for me, but two pedals aren't.

The refreshed front end is still ugly to me, I really doubt seeing them in person will help.
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Power isn't everything. Plenty of enthusiasts prioritize sharp reflexes and balance over sheer straight-line speed, and it's why Chevrolet offers 1LE handling packages for every version of its Camaro coupe. The latest 1LE iteration benefits the base, 2.0-liter turbo-powered model, which arrives alongside a number of other updates for the entire 2019 Camaro range.

You'll spot a 2019 Camaro thanks to its redesigned front and rear fascias, which actually appear to be at their best in Turbo 1LE spec. That's a backhanded compliment, by the way. I actually thought the sixth-generation Camaro looked pretty boss when it debuted in 2015, but this face-lifted version is hardly an improvement. It's especially offensive on the V8-powered Camaro SS.

Other 2019 model year Camaro changes include an optional 10-speed automatic transmission for the SS, and a new super-base 1LS model, which starts at $25,000, not including $995 for destination. But since the Turbo 1LE is the newest of the new as far as 2019 Camaros go, it's the one I'll focus on for this initial test.

The Camaro Turbo's 2.0-liter engine carries over unchanged, with 275 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, and EPA ratings of 20 miles per gallon city and 30 mpg highway. Other turbocharged Camaro models can be had with an eight-speed automatic transmission, but considering the enthusiast-minded nature of the 1LE pack, it can only be spec'd with the Tremec six-speed manual gearbox. Good.

The $4,500 1LE pack adds the FE3 suspension from the Camaro SS, with its larger stabilizer bars and better dampers, not to mention stiffer ball joints and bushings in back. A mechanical limited-slip differential keeps power balanced at the rear axle, with a revised 3.27:1 final drive ratio, and the Turbo 1LE gets a new Track driving mode, as well as launch control. Keeping everything in check are larger Brembo brakes at all four corners, with four-piston calipers up front and single-piston units around back. Those stoppers are housed behind a model-specific set of 20-inch wheels, wrapped in grippy, asymmetric 245/40-series front and 275/35-series rear Goodyear Eagle F1 summer tires.

The Camaro Turbo 1LE is a wonderfully balanced coupe, and it's a real joy to toss around the 2.5-mile road course at Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton, Washington. At 3,354 pounds, this is one of the lightest Camaro models, and its 2.0-liter engine is set as far back behind the front axle as possible for optimal weight distribution. The light, accurate steering offers lots of feedback, and small amounts of understeer and oversteer are easily controlled, even with the traction control switched partially or completely off. Of course, the 1LE's chassis and upgraded tires can handle far more power than the 2.0-liter engine can produce, so you're never really in jeopardy of totally farking it up should you goose the throttle midcorner.

I can keep the Turbo 1LE humming in third and fourth gears -- with maybe a quick downshift to second for the sharp, Corkscrew-like left-hander at Turn 13 -- to make the most of the car's midrange grunt. There's not much happening early on in the rev range, what with peak torque not coming online until 3,000 rpm. But this is a car that loves to sing around 4,000 to 4,500 rpm, even if the engine and exhaust notes aren't so sweet.

Leaving the track, the 1LE behaves like any other Camaro Turbo on the road. The suspension may be stiffer, but it doesn't kill the overall ride quality. On the lovely forest roads south of Seattle, the Camaro doesn't jostle over bumps, and its ride is comfortable enough in Tour mode to soak up long stretches of highway with aplomb. The ride could certainly be quieter, however -- wind noise isn't much of an issue, but the tire roar that permeates the cabin at higher speeds is loud.

The Camaro's interior is no different than before, meaning it still looks cool at first glance, but is hard to love after extended time behind the wheel. Visibility is terrible; no other car makes me feel like I'm sunk in a dark bathtub quite like the Camaro. And while there are a number of nice details like the metal rings around the vents and the stubby, suede gear shifter, so much of the coupe's interior is made up of seriously cheap plastics.

The Recaro front seats offer lots of comfort for long journeys, as well as ample thigh and love-handle support for track days, though they're a $1,595 add-on. Fold them forward and you'll find two seats for rear passengers, but good luck getting any adult back there without a series of expletives in their wake. The low roofline makes ingress and egress downright impossible, to say nothing of the nonexistent headroom once you're actually back there.

A bright spot in the dark Camaro cabin is Chevy's new Infotainment 3 interface, housed on an 8-inch touchscreen in the dash. The infotainment software found within is quickly becoming one of my favorite systems on the market today, never mind the fact that the screen has to awkwardly angle outward from the top to avoid glare. Crisp graphics, bright colors, instant response to inputs and standard AppleCarPlay and Android Auto make Infotainment 3 easy and enjoyable to use.

"We're trying to expose ourself to the weekend racer, lower-displacement crowd," says Camaro chief engineer Al Oppenheiser. And indeed, in addition to targeting the entry-level Mustang and Challengerset, Chevy is hoping the Camaro Turbo 1LE will attract folks who'd otherwise end up in something like a Ford Focus ST, Honda Civic Si, Subaru BRZ or Volkswagen Golf GTI.

With Turbo 1LE pricing coming in right around $31,000, the Camaro is more expensive than many of those rivals, though still plenty competitive. Unfortunately, every one of those cars -- except maybe the BRZ -- bests the Camaro in terms of comfort and daily livability. The reason people buy hot hatches is because they're great on the track and extremely useful. I can fit an entire set of race tires in the back of a GTI just by folding the seats. I can't do that in a Camaro -- hell, despite having 9.1 cubic feet of cargo space, I can barely fit a carry-on suitcase through the impossibly small trunk opening.

Instead, I really only see the Turbo 1LE appealing to buyers already in the Camaro headspace, and there, it makes a lot of sense. It's the same price as a V6 model, but offers far superior handling. It might be down on power, but the 1LE gives you more of what matters most.
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Why didn't they center the logo in the front grille?
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Camaro quickly went from aesthetically my favorite out of the 3 pony cars to the worst looking by far.
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The Camaro & Mustang were both great, IMO, except for the 4G Cockroach Camaro and the Mustang II. The 5G was Camaro ok, but had pretty poor visibility by comparison. The facelifted 5G Mustang to current would be my pony-car pick over the Camaro & Challenger.
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The Camaro & Mustang were both great, IMO, except for the 4G Cockroach Camaro and the Mustang II. The 5G was Camaro ok, but had pretty poor visibility by comparison. The facelifted 5G Mustang to current would be my pony-car pick over the Camaro & Challenger.
I hate the visibility in the Camaro. The visibility is so bad, you almost have to get the 2SS package just so you can get the blind spot warning.
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I worked for a Chevrolet dealer in college when the 5G came out (no BSM). Had to get the mirrors kicked way out to cut down on the blind spot.
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The Camaro & Mustang were both great, IMO, except for the 4G Cockroach Camaro and the Mustang II. The 5G was Camaro ok, but had pretty poor visibility by comparison. The facelifted 5G Mustang to current would be my pony-car pick over the Camaro & Challenger.
I had a 4th gen F-body Camaro. I prefer the catfish nickname

I've only driven a new Mustang in convertible form, not sure if that counts. 5G Camaro visibility is pretty bad.

2016-18 ​​​​SS ​​​1LE would still be my pick in terms of value and performance
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https://www.netcarshow.com/chevrolet...ecopo_concept/

Fifty years after the original COPO Camaro special order performance models were introduced, Chevrolet's eCOPO Camaro Concept demonstrates an electrified vision for drag racing.

Developed by General Motors and built in partnership with the pioneering electric drag racing team Hancock and Lane Racing, the concept race car - based on the 2019 COPO Camaro - is entirely electric powered, driven by an electric motor providing the equivalent of more than 700 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque.

Chevrolet estimates quarter-mile times in the 9-second range. Testing is ongoing.

"The eCOPO Concept is all about where we go in the future with electrification in the high performance space," said Russ O'Blenes, director, Performance Variants, Parts and Motorsports at General Motors. "The original COPO Camaro program was all about pushing the envelope, and this concept is an exploration with the very same spirit."

Chevrolet partnered with Hancock and Lane Racing not only because of the team's success in NHRA drag racing, but also its involvement with Patrick McCue, the driving force behind the record-holding "Shock and Awe" electric drag racing car, and his Seattle-area Bothell High School automotive technology program. With the racing team's assistance, more than a dozen students participated in the development and assembly of the electrified drag car.

"This project exemplifies Chevrolet and General Motors' commitment to engaging young minds in STEM education," said O'Blenes. "It also represents our goal of a world with zero emissions, with the next generation of engineers and scientists who will help us get there."

Just as the original 1969 COPO Camaro models relied on creative engineering to make them successful in Stock Eliminator drag racing, the eCOPO breaks new ground with its unique motor and GM's first 800-volt battery back.

The electric motor is based on a pair of BorgWarner HVH 250-150 motor assemblies, each generating 300 lb-ft of torque, and replaces the gas engine. It is connected to a conventional racing-prepared "Turbo 400" automatic transmission that channels the motor's torque to the same solid rear axle used in the production COPO Camaro race cars.

The all-new 800-volt battery pack enables a more efficient power transfer to the electric motor and supports faster recharging, which is important for the limited time between elimination rounds in drag racing.

"Eight hundred volts is more than twice the voltage of the battery packs in the production Chevrolet Volt and Bolt EV, so the eCOPO pushes into new technological territory," says O'Blenes. "As GM advances its electrification leadership, a big step might just come from the drag strip."

The battery pack is composed of four 200-volt modules, each weighing approximately 175 pounds, mounted strategically in the car for optimal weight distribution. Two are located in the rear seat area and the other two are in the trunk: one in the spare tire well and the other in the area over the rear axle.

A full Battery Management System monitors all critical voltages and temperatures within the pack. It ties into a comprehensive safety system that continuously evaluates all vehicle electrical components for proper function and safe operation. The batteries in the rear compartment are sealed off from the interior and an integrated driveshaft tunnel has been added between the modules for increased protection. Additionally, the roll cage in the trunk area has been expanded to provide additional protection for the rear-mounted modules.

With the modules' strategic positions, the eCOPO Camaro has greater than a 56 percent rear-weight bias, which helps launch the car more efficiently.

The eCOPO Camaro Concept expands Chevrolet and General Motors' electrification development and supports future product development. It also suggests a potential new avenue for Chevrolet's crate engine and performance parts portfolio.

The eCOPO Camaro's electric motor has the same bell house mounting pattern and crankshaft flange as the popular LS-family engines in Chevrolet's crate engine portfolio. That allows it to bolt up to just about any General Motors transmission. In fact, the transmission, driveshaft and other drivetrain components remain in the same locations as in a gasoline-powered COPO Camaro race car, meaning the electric motor simply bolts into the engine compartment in place of the gas engine.

"The possibilities are intriguing and suggest a whole new world for racers," said O'Blenes. "Chevrolet pioneered the concept of the high-performance crate engine right around the time the original COPO Camaro models were created, and the eCOPO project points to a future that could include electric crate motors for racing, or even your street rod. We're not there yet, but it's something we're exploring."

In the meantime, Chevrolet and Hancock and Lane Racing will continue to develop the eCOPO Camaro and test it on the drag strip, seeking quicker elapsed times with all-new technology.


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