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.