Chevrolet to name buyers of 2013 COPO Camaro starting March 11

Article by Anita Panait, on March 7, 2013

Chevrolet will announce the list of customers who could acquire any of the limited 2013 COPO Camaro factory drag-racing cars starting Monday, March 11, 2013. For 2013, only 69 examples of the COPO Camaro will be built. Racers who want to acquire the limited run cars are required to sign up on the COPO Camaro Mailing List at chevroletperformance.com by March 7, 2013.

The 2012 COPO Camaro received over 3,000 purchase intentions, but only 69 examples were built by Chevrolet. Each of the COPO Camaro has a starting price of $86,000. COPO stands for Central Office Production Order and was originally used by dealers in the 1960s to generate special orders, mostly for fleet vehicles.

Then some racing-aficionado dealers used the COPO system to create higher-performance models that weren’t otherwise available, including the legendary 1969 Camaro ZL1. Only ZL1s were built and have since become valuable collector cars.

COPO Camaro is available in two engine options, both of which are new and are paired with a new manual transmission, making the model eligible for a wider range of NHRA Stock Eliminator classes. The engine range includes three naturally aspirated selections: a 350-cubic-inch engine with 325 hp; 396-cubic-inch engine with 375 hp; and a 427-cubic-inch engine with 425 hp.

All of the LS-family engines are produced at Chevrolet’s Performance Build Center in Wixom, Michigan. A buyer could choose to take part in the engine assembly, similar to Chevrolet’s Corvette Engine Build Experience and the Chevrolet Performance Build Your Own Crate Engine programs.

A buyer could also choose the Engine Collector’s Package, which includes all three COPO racing engines serial-number-matched to the car, with one fitted at the time of delivery. Serialized engines can also be ordered separately but will be still number-matched to the car.

The 2013 COPO Camaro features a “heritage” grille and standard-production (non-HID) headlamps; a new exterior graphics choices with engine-size call-outs; and revised interior package with custom carpet and new switch panel.

2013 COPO Camaro also features dedicated racing wiring harness; revised front springs that enhance performance; and transmission cooler integrated with radiator. The car is available in five exterior colors: Black, Summit White, Victory Red, Silver Ice Metallic and Ashen Gray Metallic.

Just when you thought the Camaro was close to perfection and could not possibly get any better, Chevrolet reintroduces it with some fine, impressive upgrades. One might mistake the Camaro for the Chevrolet Corvette, what with the Camaro's twin cockpits sculpted expertly across the roof. The B-pillar appears so obscure from the outside that it borders on being totally indiscernible. But it is this subtlety that contributes to the Camaro's structural rigidity and seemingly hardtop coupe appearance.

Despite all these, this is truly a Camaro through and through. Typical of Camaros, the latest one has the "gills" that are evident in the front of the rear quarter panel. The designers of the Camaro paid close attention to installing 18-inch to 20-inch wheels in the arch openings. The iconic "V" design is present in the noses of all the Camaro models. This is complemented by the aluminum hood that comes with a 2.5-inch power dome.

Part of the reason for the muscle in the Camaro are the long hood and short deck situated at the far corners of the fender forms that are built powerfully. The Camaro rakes pride in its aerodynamic capability brought about by its 67-degree rake windshield that is aided by a 0.37 coefficient of drag (Cd) on V-6 models and the V-8 model's coefficient drag of 0.35.

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