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2019 Camaro SS world debut at Dayton Cars and Coffee

Just days after the official press release, Chevrolet appeared with the first worldwide public debut of the 2019 Camaro SS.

It’s no joke when we say the first event each year brings out the masses. In, 2017’s first meet was so large in fact, we had to permanently change venues to accommodate. The size of the crowd was of no surprise, but it’s cars where shocking.

As someone once said to us, ‘It’s like automotive mating season, and [Dayton Cars and Coffee] is first indicator of spring’. Clearly, there was truth to this, and the Camaro team at Chevrolet felt the same. They decided the world should see the car for the first time at Dayton Cars and Coffee. Consider us honored.

Photo: Scott Schwartz Photography    Badge, headlight, and grill detail

Photo: Scott Schwartz Photography

Badge, headlight, and grill detail

Though in some ways unassuming, the ‘flow-tie’ front end was a clear draw for those who knew exactly what they were looking at for the first time.

This is not the first time the team from Detroit have graced our meets. In June of 2017, a Camaro ZL1 1LE, shortly after their whipping, fast record run at the ‘Ring’, showed up in the aisles of our meet. It was the very definition of low-key cool.

Photo: Scott Schwartz Photography    Our late 2017 surprise… a Camaro ZL1 1LE fresh off the track brought to us by the team in Detroit

Photo: Scott Schwartz Photography

Our late 2017 surprise… a Camaro ZL1 1LE fresh off the track brought to us by the team in Detroit

Fast forward 10 months from the ZL1 1LE…

Surprise, it’s a 2019 Camaro SS

Camaro team is back again with the fresh release of the 2019 Camaro SS. This mid-generation update includes some styling and minor adjustments across the line, but the most significant differences are rendered in the SS model styling.

THE HOOD

From the photo you can see the hood louvers have been modified. Ditched are from the two ‘port style’ openings on either side as seen on the 2018 model, instead they’ve made use of center-mounted venting, which draws styling cues from the from the very aggressive, new Corvette ZR1.

Photo: Scott Schwartz Photography

Photo: Scott Schwartz Photography

Photo: Scott Schwartz Photography

Photo: Scott Schwartz Photography

THE REAR

The taillights have changed and so have the lines of the car, ever so slightly, but the big changes on the visual characteristics are apparent with the ‘flow-tie’ located in the middle of a spanning, black bumper across the front end of the car. This seems to be the most polarizing element of the design. I have a feeling, this will may get the bowtie moved and potentially get a body color treatment in the future. I’m sure the SEMA market is already preparing. 

photo: Scott Schwartz Photography

photo: Scott Schwartz Photography

THE GUTS

Aside from aesthetics, the mechanical upgrades are evidently getting the 10-speed automatic transmission from the ZL1 and a line-lock making it easier to ‘warm the tires’ as easily as a Ford Mustang GT. In the manual configuration, you can expect to see another gear up top, giving it 7 speed to work with on track and street.We are honored to be the lucky audience granted a chance to see this American muscle car before the world. This facelifted version of the gen-six Camaro was a welcome addition to the wildly diverse crowd we have grown accustomed, but this was something special.

photo: Scott Schwatrz Photography

photo: Scott Schwatrz Photography

The Chevrolet Camaro team could have done a FIRST public debut with this car anywhere in the world.

They chose Dayton Cars and Coffee, and for that, we are truly honored.

Thank you again to the team that made this possible.

2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE - Test Car

“The ZL1 1LE’s time is quick enough to place it 13.56 seconds ahead of the Camaro ZL1 with 10-speed automatic that Chevrolet tested last year”, according to the release from Chevrolet.

We were luck enough to get a glimpse of one right after their announcement and video hit the news wire. Just days later… THIS!

Photo: Scott Schwatrz Photograhy

2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE

Its stunning and aggressive good looks don’t really provide it justice for it’s brutal performance. Watch below.

Compared to its predecessors, the 1LE package boasts many upgrades and refinements for the sake of speed and handling. To make the leaps in shaving seconds off the clock, the team had to go a few steps beyond the norm to bring a ‘track weapon’ to the market. They did not disappoint.

photo: Scott Schwartz Photography  Also in attendance was this ZL1 Hot Wheels Edition.

photo: Scott Schwartz Photography

Also in attendance was this ZL1 Hot Wheels Edition.

According to the release from Chevrolet (6/22/2018):

“The Camaro ZL1 1LE takes Chevrolet’s track-focused 1LE legacy to an even higher level, with racing-based adjustable suspension components — including Multimatic DSSV® (Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve) front and rear dampers — special front dive planes and carbon-fiber rear wing, and exclusive Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R summer-only tires,* in an extreme track performance package powered by the 650-horsepower LT4 supercharged V-8 engine. 

The Nürburgring lap time was achieved with the ZL1 1LE test car’s suspension adjusted for optimal track performance and running the production Goodyear tires.

“The harder you push the Camaro ZL1 1LE, the more it rewards you on the track,” said Bill Wise, Camaro ride and handling engineer and the driver of the hot lap. “It offers total control, with the confidence that it will deliver lap after lap.”

The 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE (order code A1Z) carries an MSRP of $69,995, which includes a $995 destination charge (excludes tax, title, license, dealer fees extra). It goes on sale this summer.”

A huge thank you to the team at Chevrolet in the Camaro department for gracing us with this amazing car. Look forward to seeing you again soon.

- Dayton Cars and Coffee