You’re serious about drag racing. The COPO is just as serious as you are. The COPO was never for everyday road, so there’s little sound deadening, no underbody sealant, and no back seat. Because in a sport where shaving time is everything, there’s nothing better than a head start.
COPO is a true racing machine, specifically offered for competitive NHRA use only. It cannot be registered, titled, licensed, or driven on public roads. The COPO Camaro is designed to NHRA racing specifications, including a solid axle and a full chrome-moly roll cage. Inside, most of the standard sound-deadening and power accessories have been deleted in order to optimize weight for racing. Also included: a pair of racing bucket seats, a safety harness for the driver, a competition floor shifter, and Chevrolet Performance gauges.
When the COPO concept was first shown at the 2011 SEMA Show, the overwhelming response inspired the decision for a limited, special-edition production run. Engines were assembled in Wixom, Michigan, at the Performance Build Center, where the buyer could opt to participate in the engine assembly. The program has been so successful that it has been continued every year since. This year, 69 more COPO Camaros will be heading to the drag strip to carry on the tradition.
A 69-car production was selected to commemorate the original number of ZL-1 COPO Camaros made in 1969. COPO - which stands for Central Office Production Order - was Chevrolet’s special-order system, notoriously used by dealers in the 1960s to build high-performance models that couldn’t be found anywhere else. The second-coming of the COPO name is an extension of the legacy started in 1969, when the first purpose-built Camaro drag-racing specialty car was designed to compete with the quickest in NHRA’s Stock Eliminator and Super Stock classes. National records for quarter-mile times are in the 9-second range.
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