August 2012 Chevy High Performance Garage

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Electric power steering and dual-mode exhaust bring ZL1 technology to SS models.

All ’13 Camaro SS models, including the 1LE, will benefit from performance technologies that debuted on the 580hp Camaro ZL1.

The improvements began in 2012, when all SS coupes incorporated the ZL1-derived chassis element: Stabilizer bars with drop links repositioned outboard of the control arms. This made the stabilizer bars four times more effective than in previous models, for improved control of body roll and crisper response to steering input.

New for 2013, the electric power steering system developed for the ZL1 will be standard on all ’13 SS models. The variable ratio, variable effort system provides light efforts for easy maneuverability at parking lot speeds, as well as increased resistance at higher speeds. This provides more feedback and a more direct steering feel to the driver.

Also new for 2013 is an available dual-mode exhaust system, available on Camaro SS models with the LS3 V-8 engine and six-speed manual transmissions. Similar to the systems found on the ZL1 and Corvette models, this vacuum-actuated system provides a quieter driving experience at low engine speeds and a more aggressive sound at high engine speeds.

Other changes to optimize the 1LE for track-day use:

Larger, 27mm solid front stabilizer bar, and 28mm solid rear stabilizer bar for improved body control

Higher-capacity rear-axle halfshafts to cope with increased levels of traction

Strut tower brace for improved steering feel and response

ZL1-based 20x10 front and 20x11 aluminum wheels

285/35ZR20 Goodyear Eagle Supercar G:2 tires front and rear (identical to the front tires for ZL1)

ZL1 wheel bearings, toe links, and rear shock mounts for improved on-track performance

ZL1 high-capacity fuel pump and additional fuel pickups for improved fuel delivery during high cornering

Chevy High Performance Nationals

Our inaugural Chevy High Performance Nationals is just around the corner—will you be there? If this is news to you, then head over to, where you can see the detailed list of heads-up drag racing classes. This is also one of the stops for the LSX Challenge Series!

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There’s more: You can also expect to see side-by-side doorslammer action, jet cars, the latest Pro Touring cars duking it out on the autocross, including a giant manufacturers’ midway. There’s something for everyone, so be sure to save the weekend of June 1 and head out to Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Georgia!

MyLink Connects You

Chevrolet’s color touch radio with MyLink infotainment is available on all ’13 Camaro LT, SS, and ZL1 models. The color touch radio, with a 7-inch touch screen, also can be paired with an available in-dash GPS navigation system—a first for the Camaro.

The color touch radio with MyLink gives customers a higher level of in-vehicle wireless connectivity and customized infotainment options, while building on the safety and security of OnStar. It seamlessly integrates online services, such as Pandora Internet radio and Stitcher SmartRadio, using hands-free voice and touch-screen controls via Bluetooth-enabled phones.

MyLink adds stereo audio streaming and wireless control of smartphones, building on the voice-activated Bluetooth hands-free calling capability already offered in most Chevy vehicles. The high-resolution, full-color touch screen display makes media selection easy to navigate.

MyLink also retains all the capabilities of today’s entertainment functions, including AM/FM/Sirius XM tuners, auxiliary, and USB inputs.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4 million cars and trucks per year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at CHP


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