Prospective buyers for the most hardcore factory Camaro can now skip the previous lottery system and begin the process to purchase a COPO Camaro on a first-come, first-served basis.
As an homage to the original 1969 COPO Camaro, Chevrolet has built 69 COPO Camaros each year since 2012. These drag-race-only Camaros are purpose-built with a roll cage, solid rear axle, and three-speed automatic transmission. They also pack lightweight strut towers and a carbon-fiber hood. Their goal is to go to-to-toe with Ford’s Cobra Jet Mustang and Dodge’s Drag Pak Challenger on the strip as part of the NHRA’s Factory Stock Showdown.
Previously, would-be COPO Camaro owners would have to enter a lottery and hope for a chance at one of the limited-production racers. Just 552 COPO Camaros have been built since 2012. Their low production levels and incredibly high performance make them instant collectibles, but they really shine on the drag strip.
The “base” engine in the 2020 COPO is a naturally aspirated, 427-cubic-inch V-8. The optional, supercharged 350 V-8 is the heavy hitter, and is capable of seven-second elapsed times in the quarter-mile. The engine shares its bore with the production LT1 in the Camaro SS, but uses a shorter 3.37-inch stroke. The forged rotating assembly is topped by new LSX-SC cylinder heads for 2020 along with a Magnusson supercharger that uses the same 2.65-liter rotors as the 755-hp 2019 Corvette ZR1. The NHRA rates the 350 V-8 at 630 hp, but its time slips will surely tell a different story.
If you’re in the market for a COPO Camaro and think you’ve got what it takes to go against some of the top Sportsman racers in the country, Chevrolet Performance manager Todd Gallant is ready to hear from you. Step one is visiting the COPO Camaro page on the Chevy Performance website to download an order form.