The 2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE Keeps The Old Styling, Adds 10-Speed Automatic Transmission

Will this be Chevy's fastest Camaro yet?

2019 Camaro ZL1 1LE Adds 10-Speed Automatic Transmission
Chevy is adding a 10-speed automatic transmission option to the 2019 Camaro ZL1 1LE. [Photo: Chevrolet]

2019 models will get the 10-speed automatic in late February.

Chevrolet officially pulled the covers off the 2019 Camaro ZL1 1LE. The company claims its the “fastest, most track-capable” Camaro to date, thanks to the addition of an updated 10-speed automatic transmission. Engineers developed the car on the 2.9-mile Milford Road Course, pushing that transmission for a result that’s half a second faster than the standard manual gearbox. On the Nürburgring, the 2019 Camaro ZL1 1LE claims to “shave off several seconds” from previous lap times.

What does the “1LE” represent though? That’s a track performance package for the Camaro, available across the range. From the 2.0-liter turbo to the SS and the ZL1, it offers up some changes over the standard car. In the 2019 Camaro ZL1 1LE, that package starts off with unique calibrations for the transmission. On top of that, you get an electronic limited-slip differential and a performance traction management system. The car’s Multimatic DSSV shocks are tuned to shift weight around faster than the standard suspension setup. A carbon fiber rear wing, lightweight wheels, Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R tires, and Brembo brakes top off the package.

All in, the ZL1 1LE performance package will set you back $7,500 over the standard ZL1. If you want the 10-speed automatic transmission, that will be another $1,595. However, the automatic version won’t be available until late February.

What about the styling?

If you’re doing a double-take of the 2019 Camaro ZL1 right now, we don’t blame you. “It looks like the old one,” you may be saying to yourself. You’re correct: The 2019 Camaro ZL1 carries over the pre-facelift styling of the early sixth-generation Camaro models. While Chevy opted for new styling across the rest of the range, the ZL1 keeps the same front fascia. Under the hood is also the same 650 horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter V8 with 650 lb-ft of torque.

2019 Camaro ZL1 1LE Photo Gallery

Steve Majoros, director of Chevrolet passenger car and crossover marketing, emphasized the addition of the 10-speed to the lineup. “Adding an automatic transmission is another example of the Camaro portfolio delivering what customers want.” Hopefully we’ll have the opportunity to test one out soon.

Stay tuned to for more updates! To see more of what the 1LE package is about, we tested it in the 2.0-liter Turbo model back in August 2018: