Chevrolet announced that customers for the limited run of 2013 COPO Camaro factory drag-racing cars were already identified. Only 69 of the cars will be constructed this year.
The starting price for the COPO Camaro is $86,000, More than 3,000 hand raisers indicated a purchase interest in the 2012 COPO Camaros, when only 69 were built.
COPO stands for Central Office Production Order and was originally used by dealers in the 1960s to generate special orders, mostly for fleet vehicles. Some racing-minded dealers used the system to create higher-performance models that weren’t otherwise available, including the legendary 1969 Camaro ZL1, which featured an all-aluminum 427-cubic-inch engine developed for racing. Sixty-nine ZL1s were built and they’ve since become valuable collector cars.
The 2013 production run will be offered with two all-new engines, as well as a new manual transmission, to make the COPO Camaro eligible for a broader range of NHRA Stock Eliminator classes. The engine range includes three naturally aspirated choices:
- 350-cubic-inch engine rated at 325 horsepower
- 396-cubic-inch engine rated at 375 horsepower
- 427-cubic-inch engine rated at 425 horsepower.
A high-feature fuel-injection system is standard on all COPO Camaros, with engine management directed by an all-new Holley HP EFI electronic control unit that features self-tuning fuel table strategies and data logging. The injection system is used in conjunction with a Holley Hi-Ram intake manifold.
Driven by customer demand, the new manual transmission joins the Powerglide automatic for the COPO Camaro’s transmission choices. Rear axle gearing is optimized for each vehicle, depending on the engine and transmission.
All of the LS-family engines are built at Chevrolet’s Performance Build Center, in Wixom, Mich., and the buyer can opt to participate in the engine assembly, similar to Chevrolet’s Corvette Engine Build Experience and the Chevrolet Performance Build Your Own Crate Engine programs. Customers can also select the Engine Collector’s Package, which includes all three COPO racing engines serial-number-matched to the car, with one installed at the time of delivery. Serialized engines can also be ordered separately, (i.e. only one additional engine), but will be still number-matched to the car.
Additional new and revised production features for 2013 include:
- A “heritage” grille and standard-production (non-HID) headlamps
- New exterior graphics choices with engine-size call-outs
- Revised interior package with custom carpet and new switch panel
- Dedicated racing wiring harness
- Revised front springs that enhance performance
- Transmission cooler integrated with radiator.
Five exterior colors are offered for 2013: Black, Summit White, Victory Red, Silver Ice Metallic and Ashen Gray Metallic.
All COPO Camaros are assembled by hand starting with hardware from the Oshawa assembly plant that manufactures regular-production Camaros. Each is fitted with an NHRA-approved roll cage and other safety equipment, along with racing chassis and suspension components – including a unique solid rear axle system in place of a regular-production Camaro’s independent rear axle. Production equipment also includes lightweight Bogart racing wheels and Hoosier racing tires.