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Camaro 1LE performance version will offer V-6

The 1LE package for the V-6 will feature a stiffer suspension than the base Camaro, standard Brembo brakes and 20-inch aluminum wheels.

DETROIT -- The Chevrolet Camaro 1LE track-ready performance model unveiled last week at the Chicago Auto Show will for the first time be offered with a V-6 engine under the hood.

The 1LE will be available with a 335-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 engine, as well as on the Camaro SS, which has a 6.2-liter engine that produces 455 hp V-8. Both will get matte-black hoods and go on sale late this year as 2017 models.

The 1LE package for the V-6 will be offered on the 1LT and 2LT trim levels. It will feature a stiffer suspension than the base Camaro, standard Brembo brakes and 20-inch aluminum wheels with Goodyear Eagle F1 tires. Recaro race seats and a Performance Data Recorder will be available.

For the SS model, the 1LE package will include standard magnetic ride control, General Motors’ patented performance damping system, and an electronic limited-slip differential. The Recaro seats and data recorder will come standard on that model.

“The Camaro 1LE packages follow a recipe any track-day enthusiast will appreciate,” Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer, said in a statement. “Start with a lightweight, stiff structure and then add higher levels of suspension stiffness and damping, more aggressive tires, higher downforce, more powerful brakes and more cooling. The result delivers better performance in all measures.”

Pricing and performance specifications will be disclosed closer to the launch date.

The sixth-generation Camaro went on sale in the fall. The 1LE is the first of what is likely to be several variants -- GM also made a 1LE, ZL1 and Z/28 for the fifth-gen car.

The 1LE package debuted in 1989 as a way to make the Camaro more competitive in the Showroom Stock road racing series, GM said. It was sold through 1999 and returned on the previous-generation Camaro in 2013.

You can reach Mike Colias at mcolias@crain.com

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