Camaro ZL1 1LE Is TOO DANGEROUS FOR EUROPE('s Pedestrian Safety Requirements)

Those awesome, aggressive front bumper aero features have a thirst for human shins, so the hottest trackday Camaro is banned from European markets.

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The Camaro ZL1 1LE means business. Starting with the already outrageous, 650-horsepower ZL1, the 1LE package adds Multimatic spool-valve dampers and a hyper-aggressive aerodynamics kit designed to dominate the race track. Chevy ran the ZL1 1LE around the Nurburgring at a blistering 7:16.04 lap time this summer.

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Unfortunately, if you live at the Nurburgring, or anywhere in Europe, you won't be able to get your hands on the 1LE.

This tidbit was , and recently brought to our attention by . Essentially, the front-end aerodynamic devices—especially the bumper dive planes, those pointy black aero extensions midway up either side of the bumper that steer air around the nose of the car and add downforce on the front axle—don't comply with Europe's pedestrian safety laws. You can see why: In our first drive of the 1LE, our man Richard Pinto called the car's front splitter "ankle-smashing," and those jutting dive planes would bite you right in the shin.

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So, to our friends and colleagues across the pond: Sorry. You can't have the ZL1 in its most ass-kickingest 1LE form. Guess you'll just have to settle for the "regular" ZL1. It's 13 seconds slower around the Nurburgring with a pro at the wheel, but we have a feeling that if 'Ring times are your thing, you'll find a way to get your hands on some dive planes smuggled in from the USA.

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