Resurrected from the automobile bone-yard just in time for the new Transformers movies to hit the screen, the new generation of the Chevrolet Camaro certainly had the looks, but it also had all the disadvantages of a concept car. It’s interior looked unpolished, and while it was quite fast, it suffered from too much power and not enough… sophistication, let’s say. None of that made it a bad car, but the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE works to address those problems, quite effectively. While it didn’t get the coveted Z/28 designation because it didn’t modify anything on the engine, the 1LE option package ($3,500 on the Camaro SS) includes an improved suspension, a special close-ratio manual transmission (first through fourth gear), lighter wheels and an array of cosmetic yet functional changes, like a smaller, notched steering wheel, a smaller shift knob, and much more.
The 1LE package brings a measure of comfort and refinement to the Camaro SS without sacrificing its essence, quite to the contrary. It reinforces its sports car credentials by helping eliminate annoying quirks, and improving the ride, handling and direction aspects, all the while making it easier to drive and to enjoy, down to a better font for the dials! The 2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE is certainly the best fifth-generation Camaro yet!