The sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro already has a COPO Camaro drag car counterpart.
Continuing a tradition that began in 2012 with the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro, the American automaker has unveiled the Gen Six COPO Camaro at the 2015 SEMA Show.
The dedicated drag car was built with assistance from NHRA Camaro Funny Car driver Courtney Force, who visited the COPO build center before creating a custom appearance for the 2016 COPO Camaro SEMA show car. This particular race car will be auctioned off at a Barrett-Jackson sale next year, with the proceeds going to United Way.
For the 2016 model year, Chevrolet will limit production to just 69 units and like previous iterations, the new COPO Camaro is designed to compete in the NHRA Stock and Super Stock Eliminator classes. Benefiting from a lighter and stronger body structure of the Gen Six Camaro, the COPO Camaro has its structural rigidity increased by 28 percent while the body-in-white mass has been reduced by 133 pounds. In addition, it offers greater aerodynamic performance compared to its predecessor.
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As for the show car, it features a Red Hot exterior paint shade along with Courtney Force-signature graphics and red-accented grille trim. Under the carbon fiber high-rise hood is a concept 350 racing engine equipped with a Whipple 2.9L supercharger.
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Those looking to get themselves a 2016 Chevrolet COPO Camaro can select from a variety of supercharged and naturally aspirated LS- and LT-family engines based on their intended NHRA Stock and Super Stock classes. Options include a supercharged 5.7-liter engine, a naturally aspirated 7.0-liter engine and an all-new 6.2-liter LT-based engine. All powerplants are paired to a racing-prepped Turbo 400 three-speed automatic transmission.
“With the new Gen Six Camaro as its foundation, the 2016 COPO Camaro begins the next chapter of an historic racing legacy,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “It’s great to have Courtney Force on Team Chevy and to work with her on the design of the new COPO Camaro show car. Most important, her effort will help raise money for a great cause.”
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