The 2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE has been spotted in the wild without any camouflage whatsoever.
We must be getting pretty close to delivery dates. We’ve already seen the official debut of the Turbo 1LE Camaro, Chevy’s new entry-level version of the 1LE performance package. Being able to slot all those upgrades onto a base-level 1LT trim means that the Camaro can perform with barely a price tag over $30,000, which is something we can all get behind.
But the true home of the 1LE package has always been the top of the line Camaro ZL1. That hasn’t changed for 2019, as we can see from these latest spy photos from Autoblog.
The ZL1 1LE still looks mostly the same as last year, at least in terms of what the package brings: carbon fiber lip spoilers and front canards, side skirts, and of course the big carbon fiber wing at the back. We’re sure that each wheel will get the fancy magnetic adaptive suspension that the 1LE had last year and a set of Brembo brakes. RECARO racing seats and a suede-wrapped steering wheel are probably also on the inside.
From the front, the ZL1 1LE is a bit of a departure for 2019. Instead of getting a unique new fascia like the rest of the Camaro trims, it retains the 2018 look. Which still makes it unique since none of the other Camaro’s kept their 2018 noses.
From the back, things are a little more in line with the other 2019 Camaros. The tail lights are the same, as is the slightly changed lines on the trunk. You can just make out the rear camera on the small fin on the roof--it’s unfortunately too large to fit on the rear spoiler like it would on regular Camaro trims. This will obviously give the driver a weird look at their own rear wing whenever they back up.
We don’t expect any changes to the engine on the ZL1, which means a 6.2-L supercharged V8 producing 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. Those are fine numbers, but Ford is about to come out with the Shelby GT500 Mustang which has reportedly close to 800 hp. Camaro might need to do something there to keep the Mustang from crushing it on the high-end scale as much as its crushing them on the low-end.