For 2012, Chevrolet will roll out 69 COPO Camaros – the first purpose-built Camaro drag-racing specialty car intended to compete with the quickest in NHRA’s Stock Eliminator and Super Stock classes. These are the quickest Camaros that have ever been offered by Chevrolet. The national records for quarter-mile times in these contests are in the nine-second range.
Only 69 units will be built of the 2012 COPO Camaro to match the number of “ZL-1” COPO Camaros produced in 1969. COPO means Central Office Production Order, which was the special-order system used by Chevrolet dealers to make high-performance models in the 1960s.
These new COPO Camaros will be made using factory “body-in-white” body structures made at the Oshawa, Ontario plant that rolls out regular-production Camaros. These are the same body-in-white body shells offered to all racers under Chevrolet Performance part number 19243374.
To get one, customers will have to order and accomplish the transaction for their COPO Camaro at their preferred Chevrolet dealer with delivery at the General Motors Performance Build Center located in Wixom, Mich. The design of the COPO Camaro meets NHRA racing specifications such as a solid axle and a full chrome moly roll cage.
Its interior doesn’t have the standard sound deadening and power accessories so that its weight will be optimized for NHRA racing. It also comes with two racing bucket seats (but no rear seat), a safety harness for the driver, and a competition floor shifter and Chevrolet Performance gauges.
The COPO Camaro program offers three engines that align with the top classes in NHRA’s various Stock Eliminator and Super Stock ranks. These include: an LS7-based naturally aspirated 427 (7.0L) V-8; a supercharged, LSX-based 327 (5.3L) V-8 featuring a 2.9L supercharger; a supercharged, LSX-based 327 (5.3L) V-8 featuring a 4.0L supercharger.