Chevy Performance Tests Its COPO Camaro Concept: Video

We last saw the Chevrolet Performance COPO Camaro concept in the parking lot of the 2011 SEMA show. Aside from the fact that it was built for NHRA Stock Eliminator competition and appeared to be (loosely) based on the upcoming ZL1 Camaro, we couldn’t provide you with many details.

We still can’t give you numbers, since those behind the project are tight-lipped about it. The best we can do is quote Cliff Cohen, Marketing Manager for Chevrolet Performance Parts, who said, “the vehicle met or exceeded every expectation we had... it turned the times we thought it would and we’re leaving today very, very satisfied.”

COPO stands for “Central Office Production Order,” which translates into a special order vehicle that deviates from normal production. In the case of the original 1969 COPO Camaros, these cars came with the same 427 cubic inch L-72 V-8 available in the Corvette, which produced a rated 423 horsepower.

The modern COPO Camaro should produce significantly more horsepower in supercharged form, since the street version of the 2012 Camaro ZL1 is rated at 580 horsepower. The video talks about testing both supercharged and normally aspirated engines in the modern COPO Camaro, but it never really tells us what Chevrolet Performance intends to do with the car.

Will it be sold to customers as a turnkey racer, ready for NHRA Stock Eliminator competition? Will it be campaigned by Chevrolet, as a rolling test bed for its performance parts division?

Chevy isn’t saying, but this much is clear: we certainly haven’t seen the last of Chevy’s new COPO Camaro.

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Comments (3)
  1. I'm so pleased to see Chevy join Ford and Dodge in the NHRA stock eliminator muscle car wars. As a Dodge fan, I am confident that Dodge will be able to maintain it's traditional edge in this form of drag racing over it's cross town rivals at the track. The Challenger HEMI and V-10 Drag Pak factory options should be able to support any additional modifications needed to stay ahead of the competition. What is important is to keep the cars within "stock eliminator" rules and not to allow the cars to get too exotic and lose the stock factory configuration. Pro Stock and Funny Car are for more exotic applications and not true factory cars available to "average" racers.
    These cars will lead to intense competition, better product and sales .

  2. @Bill, I agree. It's good to see a little friendly rivalry between the Detroit Big Three, and competition always strengthens the breed.

  3. ya its great to see Ford doing so well that the competition is literally copying everything Ford does. its a great time to be a Ford fan.

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