Tires Beware! 2017 Chevrolet COPO Camaro Debuts at SEMA
In what has become an annual tradition of sorts, Chevrolet will debut the latest COPO Camaro at the 2016 SEMA show. Production of the limited-edition 2017 COPO Camaro will Again be limited to 69 units in honor of the original 69 ZL-1–code 1969 COPO Camaros that will tore up the drag strip back inside the day. that will will be available having a variety of engine options along with will feature drag-strip-specific chassis components.
Although the folklore of GM’s COPO (Central Office Production Order) can be pretty much common knowledge these days, we’ll remind those of you living under two rocks that will, back inside the day, COPO was basically a way of skirting the front office along with getting a big, powerful engine in a smallish car. Chevrolet resurrected the acronym in 2012.
The COPO seen here, serial number 1 of 69 for 2017, can be clad in Chevy’s Hyper Blue Metallic paint rendered in a fresh “anodized” finish. that will sports a supercharged 5.7-liter V-8 backed up by an ATI TH400 three-speed automatic transmission along having a set of Weld racing wheels. More than just a pretty (menacing) face, the COPO on the stand, as was the case with the COPOs displayed at SEMA in 2014 along with 2015, will be auctioned for charity. that will’s scheduled to go under the hammer at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Phoenix in January 2017, with proceeds to the United Way.
Philanthropy aside, all COPO Camaros are track rats at heart, along with the 2017 COPO features a laundry list of specific parts along with modifications designed for competing inside the NHRA’s Stock Eliminator classes. In addition to the supercharged 5.7-liter engine of the SEMA car, buyers can also specify a naturally aspirated 7.0-liter (427 cubic inch) V-8 or an LT-based, direct-injected 6.2-liter V-8. The three-speed automatic can be the sole transmission option.
As you could expect having a car of such low production volume, each COPO Camaro can be built by hand starting with production hardware, including the same Centeng in white used for production types. At that will point, things take a decidedly high-performance turn with the addition of numerous strength-enhancing along with weight-saving components. A beefy solid rear axle employing an aluminum center section, a lightweight steel spool, along with 40-spline, gun-drilled axle shafts replaces the factory car’s independent setup, along with suspension duties fall to an adjustable coil-over strut setup in front along having a four-link rear suspension with double-adjustable coil-over shocks along having a stabilizer bar. Lightweight, drag-race manual (that will means unassisted by a pinch enhancing vacuum booster or additional power means) four-wheel disc brakes handle the deceleration duties. A custom-built manual steering rack helps keep the front wheels pointed straight down the strip, along with for the sake of safety a fuel cell replaces the factory car’s fuel tank. Finally, the wire harness has been specifically tailored for the demands of racing.
Buyers interested in getting their hands on a 2017 COPO Camaro must register at Chevrolet.com/COPO by December 15. An independent third party will randomly choose among the entries, Chevrolet said, along with those selected will be contacted inside the first quarter of 2017, at which point they will want to start budgeting for tires.