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Old 03-08-2012, 06:31 AM   #1
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Exclamation Chevrolet COPO Camaro Goes From Concept to Production


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Chevrolet COPO Camaro Goes From Concept to Production

Stock Eliminator drag racer the quickest Camaro ever offered by Chevrolet


DETROIT – Chevrolet will build 69 COPO Camaros for 2012, the brand’s first purpose-built Camaro drag-racing specialty car designed to compete with the quickest in NHRA’s Stock Eliminator and Super Stock classes. National records for quarter-mile times in these contests are in the nine-second range.

As such, the COPO Camaros are expected to be the quickest Camaro ever offered by Chevrolet.

“The COPO Camaro is going to shake up the sportsman drag racing ranks this summer and give Chevy fans a great new reason to cheer on the Bowtie,” said Jim Campbell, GM U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles & Motorsports. “COPO builds off the strengths that have made the Camaro the best-selling sports car in America. And while it was developed strictly for the drag strip, the COPO Camaro is infused with the same performance pedigree that every Camaro shares.”

The 69-car production for the 2012 COPO Camaro matches the number of “ZL-1” COPO Camaros made in 1969. COPO stands for Central Office Production Order and was Chevrolet’s special-order system in used by dealers to build high-performance models in the 1960s.

The new COPO Camaros will be built using factory “body-in-white” body structures produced at the Oshawa, Ontario plant that manufactures regular-production Camaros. They are the same body-in-white body shells available to all racers under Chevrolet Performance part number 19243374.

Customers will order and complete the transaction for their COPO Camaro at their preferred Chevrolet dealer with delivery at the General Motors Performance Build Center in Wixom, Mich.

Deliveries will begin early this summer.

Highlights of the new COPO Camaro program include:
  • A sequenced build number matched to the engine but sold without a Vehicle Identification Number and cannot be registered for highway use
  • Three racing-class engine are available, including a naturally aspirated 427 (7.0L) and two supercharged 327 (5.3L) V-8 engines
  • Engine assembly at GM’s Performance Build Center, where the buyer can opt to participate in the engine assembly similar to Chevrolet’s Corvette Engine Build Experience and the Chevrolet Performance Build Your Own Crate Engine programs
  • Engines pairing with a Powerglide automatic transmission designed for drag racing
  • Five colors: Flat Black, Summit White, Victory Red, Silver Ice Metallic and Ashen Gray Metallic
  • A COPO graphics package similar to the one introduced on the concept vehicle available in Metallic White, Semi-Gloss Black, Inferno Orange Metallic and Chevy Racing Blue
  • Pricing starting at $89,000
  • A special collector’s package offering the purchase of all three engines with the COPO Camaro – including one installed in the car at delivery – with each engine serial number matched to the car

Selection process

The COPO Camaro concept was first shown at the 2011 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas, where the overwhelming response by more than 2,000 racing enthusiasts shaped the decision to produce a limited number of COPO Camaros.

To ensure fair access to the limited number of COPO Camaros, an independent third party was used to identify the first individuals who would be offered the opportunity to buy one of the new COPO Camaros. Those selected will receive a confirmation letter with instructions on how to fulfill the purchase contract, choose the engine option for their intended racing class, and take delivery.

Designed to win

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 NHRA racing. Also included is a pair of racing bucket seats (no rear seat), a safety harness for the driver, a competition floor shifter and Chevrolet Performance gauges.

The three engines offered in the COPO Camaro program were developed to align with the top classes in NHRA’s various Stock Eliminator and Super Stock ranks. They are:
  • 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

The 2012 COPO Camaro is being offered as a performance part, with a specific part number (P/N 20129562). It cannot be registered, titled, licensed, or driven on public roads or highways. COPO is specifically offered for off-highway, competitive NHRA use only.

Racing enthusiasts interested in more information can go to www.gmperformanceparts.com to sign up for COPO Camaro updates through the Fuel online newsletter. Production updates will also be posted on Chevrolet Performance’s Facebook page.

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Old 03-08-2012, 07:33 AM   #2
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Old 03-08-2012, 07:36 AM   #3
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Old 03-08-2012, 07:39 AM   #4
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If you have to ask.....!!!
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Old 03-08-2012, 07:42 AM   #5
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Old 03-08-2012, 07:54 AM   #6
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The sad part about this,they are only building 69,and of the 69 how many guys are going to buy them just to resell them and make money :(
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Old 03-08-2012, 08:00 AM   #7
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It would be nice to see some Division 1 racers to buy one. There are already a good number of new mustangs in Stock and Super Stock. It would be nice to throw a camaro into the mix.
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Old 03-08-2012, 08:08 AM   #8
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I have a client interested in THREE...one with each engine.
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Old 03-08-2012, 08:41 AM   #9
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Now I have to buy a truck and a trailer to get to the track.
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Old 03-08-2012, 09:03 AM   #10
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An other bad reality is that the super rich (cough cough R.H.) will buy up some of them and store them in his own private collection. Never to be seen again.
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Old 03-08-2012, 09:09 AM   #11
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Now I have to buy a truck and a trailer to get to the track.
It was always a race car... Real race cars get towed to the track. Ones driven to the track are for the humor of the real race cars. lol
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Old 03-08-2012, 12:00 PM   #12
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These all need to go to people who will race them, they were built for it. Would be a shame to see all 69 go to private collections and just sit.
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they are looking to be 89k a pop for them, i would love to have one but a little rich for my blood
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Old 03-08-2012, 12:53 PM   #15
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WOW that engine bay looks nice.
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Someone will figure out how to attach a VIN from a totaled SS and drive that COPO on the street.
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Someone will figure out how to attach a VIN from a totaled SS and drive that COPO on the street.
no need, all they would need to do it have it inspected by the state and be declared road worthy and have the state issue a vin and title for it
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too bad no RS..buy it put RS halos + ZL1 fascia
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no need, all they would need to do it have it inspected by the state and be declared road worthy and have the state issue a vin and title for it
I never thought about that. Hmm, borrow a full exhaust system (manifolds/cats/catback) 'temporarily' from an SS/ZL1, throw on a set of street wheels/tires. What else? I'm sure I'm missing a few things, but it wouldn't be impossible. I doubt it would be very streetable at all anyway though. We're talking a high 8, low 9 second car here out of the box from what I've read.
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That radio looks completely out of place in that interior IMO...
It's very minimal everywhere else and (for obvious reasons) geared toward track. So why put a fancy modern style radio in? Just my .02
Other than that I like it, though I definitely could not afford it.
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Old 03-08-2012, 02:38 PM   #21
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Upon shipment, Step #1, radio delete? And I imagine there's no heater / a/c if they are truly concerned with weight?

I would have liked to see more useful gauges, or anything, instead of a radio if the car is being designed to run the strip

Looks like they didn't get everything from the pic.
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$89k for the N/A 427
$95k for the 2.9L Whipple
$97k for the 4.0L Whipple

I would double check the accuracy, but this is what I've heard the prices to be.
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Really should make a street version with the 427........
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Here's another story on it....and again, it confirms prices STARTING at $89,000.

http://www.competitionplus.com/drag-...ros-are-coming

Definitely BAD-@$$, but sorry, I can't afford a $90k track-only car!!!
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too bad no RS..buy it put RS halos + ZL1 fascia
I'm suprised no one has purchased the hood yet and has a clone already driving around.
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