Introduced at the height of the classic musclecar era, original COPO Camaros have become some of the most well-known and sought-after cars in Chevrolet history. But the brilliance that the COPO program brought to the automotive scene back then, didn’t end when the “muscle” behind all the now-beloved classics started to decline. In 2012, with the recent reintroduction of the Chevrolet Camaro to the Big Three’s line of musclecar revival models, Chevrolet once again brought out the big guns with a top-notch, performance-based COPO program.
Now four years into the reconstructed COPO program, the Sixth-generation Camaro has been introduced, and with it, the fastest and most agile factory COPO Camaro ever produced. Have your doubts? Just check out the video above!
The true power and force behind the all-new COPO Camaro is blatantly obvious. With camera angles spanning the entire length of the car, under chassis, inside the cockpit, and even in the engine bay, we can see just how well every factory component works together to propel the “King of the Quarter Mile,” as Chevrolet has branded it, to the end of the drag strip in no time flat. But what’s the difference between the new COPO Camaro and its fifth-generation predecessors?
Wanting to know more about the brand new car and its “validation” in the video, we reached out to Curt Collins, manager of Chevrolet Performance, COPO and performance parts licensing, for a bit more insight, about Chevrolet’s latest COPO monster. “Filmed at the 1/4-mile track in Bradenton, Florida, this video captures the first track tests of the completed sixth-generation-based 2016 factory COPO Camaro. The car is once again fitted with a 350 cubic-inch race engine, boosted by a 2.9-liter Whipple supercharger, just like the 2014 and 2015 models.”
The new COPO Camaro runs incredibly well (as expected), and put down 1/4-mile times at this very test in the 9-second range. But, if you listen closely, and pay attention to the very end of the video, you’ll notice that the new factory drag car has a whole new level of cool up its sleeve – that’s right, the new COPO has tested and been proven to run in the 8’s. Not bad for a “factory” musclecar!
There’s no denying that the all-new new COPO Camaro is now out on the prowl. With the 2016 model revealed last November at the 2015 SEMA Show, the 2016 car with VIN 001 was auctioned off at Barrett-Jackson in January, for charity, to the tune of $300,000. With this video surfacing just last month, it’s only a matter of time until you see one of these brand new bad boys throwing down some serious 1/4-mile times during competition in your neck of the woods! Just remember to stand back, hold on to your hats, and savor the experience if you do get to experience one of these sick new Chevys in all its glory. After all, there will only be 69 produced as a tribute to the 69 1969 ZL1 models that inspired it all!