4. No More Power, But Still Faster
The SS 1LE uses the same 6.2 liter V8 producing 426 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque as found in the regular SS. However, with the reduced weight and a higher 3.91 final-drive ratio, the 1LE is faster in a straight line. The six-speed manual transmission is reworked to feature close-ratio gearing that is immediately felt when hustling the car along twisting roads.
Like the SS, the heavy duty clutch is still very grabby and takes some getting used to. Heel-toeing this car also takes some practice, but once the nuances of the car are figured out, the Camaro becomes a willing dance partner. To ensure the SS 1LE does not melt itself down on the track, an air-to-liquid transmission cooler and high-capacity fuel pump with additional fuel pickups for improved fuel delivery during high-load cornering are standard.