Let's cut through the rhetoric: The 2017 Camaro SS 1LE, which starts at $44,200, is quite likely the quickest car you can buy for under $50,000. It's not a car for everyone, and that doesn't matter in the slightest, because the list of cars it rightly competes with in terms of its capabilities is a veritable who's who of premium-priced performance cars: the Jaguar F-TYPE SVR, BMW M4, even the Porsche 911.
The 1LE is a halo car that you just need to know about, whether or not you have any intention of buying one. It's a feather in Chevrolet's cap, built more to highlight the company's vast engineering prowess than to appease a general audience driving sedans painted in Ambivalent Beige. On the road, the 1LE is the equivalent of a unique bottle of wine: unknown to the masses, but a sight to behold for the learned few.
Yes, I'm fully cognizant that I'm talking about a Camaro in terms of rare wines, but hey, if the Cubs can win a World Series, Camaros can be compared to wine. 2016 is a strange time, and just to make it even stranger, there's a cheaper and less powerful V6 version of the 1LE that just might be more fun -- but more on that later.