After promising its 2012 COPO Camaro dedicated drag car would slip under the nine-second barrier for the quarter mile, Chevrolet has delivered, with an example of the car finished in Flat Black paint posting an elapsed time of just 8.88 seconds at a drag strip recently. Shown in the video above, the COPO Camaro was said to be packing a 5.3-liter V-8 with a 4.0-liter Whipple supercharger attached.
Anyone lucky enough to get their hands on one of the cars (only 69 are being built for 2012) have the choice of two other engines, another 5.3-liter V-8 but with a smaller 2.9-liter supercharger or a naturally-aspirated 7.0-liter V-8. All engines are mated to a Powerglide automatic gearbox specially designed for drag racing.
The example here is believed to be just the third to be produced. As World Car Fans points out, deliveries of the COPO Camaro have already begun.
If you’re wondering why Chevrolet chose to build just 69 examples of its latest COPO Camaro, the reason was to honor the original 1969 ZL-1 COPO Camaro, of which only 69 were also built. Customers of the latest model had five different colors to choose from, Flat Black, Summit White, Victory Red, Silver Ice Metallic and Ashen Gray Metallic, and pricing was set at just at $89,000.
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 at the time, which produced a rated 423 horsepower.