Chevrolet will build 69 COPO Camaros for 2012, the brand’s first purpose-built Camaro drag-racing car designed to compete with the quickest in NHRA’s Stock Eliminator and Super Stock classes. As such, the COPO Camaros are expected to be the quickest Camaro ever offered by Chevrolet.
The 69-car production for the 2012 COPO Camaro matches the number of ZL1 COPO Camaros made in 1969. COPO stands for Central Office Production Order and was Chevrolet’s special-order system in used by dealers to build high-performance models in the 1960s.
The three engines offered in the COPO Camaro program were developed to align with the top classes in NHRA’s various Stock Eliminator and Super Stock ranks. They are an LS7-based naturally aspirated 427 (7.0L) V8, a supercharged, LSX-based 327 (5.3 liter) V8 featuring a 2.9 liter supercharger and a supercharged, LSX-based 327 (5.3 liter) V8 featuring a 4.0 liter supercharger.
The new COPO Camaros will be built using factory “body-in-white” body structures produced at the Oshawa, Ontario plant that manufactures regular-production Camaros. They are the same body-in-white body shells available to all racers under Chevrolet Performance part number 19243374.
Customers will order and complete the transaction for their COPO Camaro at their preferred Chevrolet dealer with delivery at the General Motors Performance Build Center in Wixom, Mich. Deliveries will begin early this summer.