The Chevy guys think the V-6 1LE is so good that there may be a market for a four-cylinder version, previewed by the Turbo AutoX Concept seen at the 2016 SEMA show. We’re not so sure. Having experienced the V-6 1LE on the road as well as on the track, we’re impressed with its insatiable hunger for corners, but while we’d like to say we didn’t miss the V-8’s extra 120 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque, we did. The 3.6 is a lovely engine that serves many General Motors vehicles well enough—including non-1LE V-6 Camaros—but under this car’s matte-black hood, it feels like a placeholder for the real engine.
That V-6 figure is $4500 more than the non-1LE version. The upcharge isn’t a bad deal considering the comprehensiveness of the package. Jumping up to the 2LT trim level costs another $4500, for a total of $37,395. At that point, you’re nipping on the heels of a base Camaro SS, which starts at $37,900, although the base SS gets none of the 1LE’s track equipment nor its suedelike steering wheel and short-throw shifter. The SS would be quicker in a straight line and louder, however, and it’s no slouch in the handling department, either.