New COPO Camaro concept hits the drag stripFri, 16 Dec 2011 00:00:00 -0800
This Friday video goodness features a white 2012 COPO Camaro Stock Eliminator Concept on the drag strip.
As Autoweek contributor Patrick Paternie explained during the SEMA show, the new COPO (Central Office Production Order) nameplate pays homage to the rare high-powered 1969 Camaros created through a loophole in the special-order program. This enabled dealers to specify a 427 engine--COPO 9560, the aluminum ZL1, or COPO 9561, the Corvette-based L72 iron block--despite the Camaro technically being limited to the 396-cubic-inch powerplant.
Carrying on this legacy, the 2012 edition bears part number COPO 9562.
No horsepower ratings were given, but this is a serious racing machine, with features such as a full chrome moly NHRA-approved roll cage, an Aeromotive fuel system, manual steering, a Strange Engineering drag-racing rear suspension including live rear axle, line lock and 29x9-inch radial drag slicks out back.