If you still dream of having a COPO Camaro in your garage, now is the time to get excited. For 2013, Chevrolet Performance is making another run of 69 of the strip-shredder, and there are some exciting new features that will appeal to the hard-core racers.
First we’ll get into what we’re sure is your biggest question, the engines. This year will see three engines like last year, but in different configurations. The wildly popular 427 stays and gets the biggest spotlight. Which is good, considering over half of last year’s 69 examples were ordered with the big V-8. This year it stays at 425 horsepower. A new entry-level LS-based 350 rated at 325 horsepower also joins the roster. But what sits in the middle is the real newsmaker. Fans who were around in 1969 to see the release of the original Camaro will wax nostalgic over the final configuration, an LS-based 396-cu.-in. big-block engine, making the same 375 horsepower it did under the hood of the 1969 Camaros. New for 2013 is a standard Holley EFI controller on all configurations, which pays a nice homage to the Holley carburetors every 1969 COPO Camaro came with as standard. All three engines are hand-built and are still LS-based, so tried-and-true tuning will work just the same on the familiar architecture, making it easy to set up your COPO to run down the competition.
The big news is what bolts to the engine’s output, however. While the 2-speed automatic transmission carries over from the 2012 model, there will be an optional manual transmission available for the 2013 cars, allowing you to row the gears yourself.
In all, every configuration is good for a wide variety of NHRA Stock Eliminator classes. With a portfolio of engines as diverse as the COPO, the 427, 396, and 350 allow the car to run in any Stock Eliminator class from E all the way up to AA, needing only curb weight adjustments for each configuration to see itself in any of three classes.
On the outside, we see five colors available that were offered on the 2012 car — Summit White, Victory Red, Ashen Gray Metallic, Silver Ice Metallic, and Black. Several exterior changes will help you distinguish 2013 cars from 2012s, including a revised front-end appearance sporting halogen headlamps and the Chevrolet Accessories body-color Heritage grille, as well as updated optional COPO graphics.
The selection process of the 69 potential buyers is the exact same as last year, with a completely random selection process that ensures each potential buyer gets the same chance to buy one. Each selected candidate then gets a purchase certificate. The certificate will need to be presented to the winner’s preferred Chevrolet dealership to pick up the COPO Camaro.
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