Chevrolet will build just 69 examples of its 2016 COPO Camaro, and if you’re serious about your drag racing you can get the first one off the line as it’s been confirmed for an auction taking place on Friday. The auction is the Barrett-Jackson event in Scottsdale, Arizona, and proceeds of the winning bid will benefit the United Way charity group.
Chevy unveiled its 2016 COPO Camaro during last year’s SEMA show. It teamed up with drag racer Courtney Force to help design the first of the 69 cars, making it that much more special. It features a bright red exterior, custom graphics and red accents in the grille.
Under its carbon fiber hood is a 5.7-liter V-8 with a Whipple 2.9-liter supercharger. Inside is a chrome-moly roll cage plus lightweight racing bucket seats personalized with the COPO logo and Courtney Force's signature. You’ll also find a floor-mounted shifter for the THM-350 automatic transmission.
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As in previous years, the 2016 COPO Camaro has been designed for NHRA’s Stock and Super Stock Eliminator classes. Chevy offers a variety of performance options for the car including additional engines. The 2016 COPO Camaro, the first based on the all-new, sixth-generation Camaro, has also been designed to accept General Motors Company’s [NYSE:GM] new LT-based V-8s.
Every COPO Camaro is built by hand starting with production hardware, including the same body in white used for production models. And in case you were wondering, the COPO Camaro takes its name from the Central Office Production Order system used in the 1960s for fleet managers to order unusual combinations of options.