2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE First Drive: Best of both worlds

What do you do when you’ve got access to one of the deepest performance parts bins in the industry? If you’re Chevrolet, you find yet another way to build a Camaro that can take it straight to the throat of rivals from Ford (the Mustang) and Dodge (the Challenger), and then present it to rabid buyers in the form of the surprisingly affordable 2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE.

Even casual muscle car fans are likely familiar with those three characters appended to the Camaro’s name, as the 1LE badge was revived for the fifth-generation version of the coupe that preceded the 2017 model after lying dormant for close to a decade. Originally inspired by a desire to dominate stock-class professional road racing in the 1980s, the 1LE promised a street-legal handling package that added substantial handling chops to a platform that was typically lauded more for its straight-line speed than its ability to go ’round a bend.


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