Chevrolet Unveils 2017 Camaro COPO
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Chevrolet Unveils 2017 Camaro COPO

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If you live your life a quarter-mile at a time, Chevrolet would like 10 seconds of your time. To be unveiled at SEMA this week, the latest COPO Camaro is aimed at NHRA’s Stock Eliminator class. If you aren’t familiar with the program, Chevrolet offers turn-key race cars loaded with potent drag racing components. Although COPO cars are not street legal, they take the heartache out of cutting up a daily driver in order to go racing.

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But unlike the 5th generation Camaro, a new Drag Race Development Program was tested alongside the race cars to validate potential upgrades for production cars. The development car was camouflaged and loaded with the beefy axles and differential of the Gen 5 ZL1. A 3.73 gear and 4,200 rpm torque converter make quick use of the 8-speed automatic transmission and probably sent fuel mileage into single digit territory.

The Camaro SS Drag Race Development Program was created to develop performance parts for 2016+ Camaro models. A test vehicle was built to mimic the typical stair-step enhancements many amateur racers make with their production Camaro SS models, including swapping the differential for one with a numerically higher ratio, adding horsepower-building components such as a cam-and-heads package to push the SS’s LT1 engine to 535 horsepower. Additional changes helped to ultimately push the car to a 10.685 ET at 125.73 mph.

The menacing car was given the name “Grave Digger” because it proved to be indestructible, even after 100 passes. After the computer was tuned for high RPM launches, the car passed the 60′ mark at 1.45 seconds. On the top end it went 10.68 @ 125.7 mph, powered by a modified version of the 6.2 liter LT1. A hotter cam shaft and ported heads allow the naturally aspirated engine to make 530 hp on pump gas. Purely a concept at this point, we hope the parts become available for order in the near future.

Chevrolet’s 2017 COPO Camaro show car – serial number 01 of 69 –features a supercharged 350 engine, custom Weld racing wheels and a unique, “anodized” concept version of the production Hyper Blue Metallic exterior color. It will be sold at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction in January 2017, with proceeds to benefit United Way.

Beside Grave Digger will be 2017 COPO Camaro #01. Like the previous cars in 2012, each car will arrive with a solid 12 bolt rear axle, coil over suspension, Weld racing wheels, manual steering, and a TH400 automatic transmission. The first car is finished in an anodized version of Hyper Blue Metallic, which is guaranteed to make quite a scene at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Only 69 examples will be produced, so we hope Gas Monkey Garage doesn’t buy them all in order to corner the market. We’re heading to SEMA tomorrow, so stay with us for complete coverage.

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Chevrolet’s 2017 COPO Camaro show car – serial number 01 of 69 –features a supercharged 350 engine, custom Weld racing wheels and a unique, “anodized” concept version of the production Hyper Blue Metallic exterior color. It will be sold at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction in January 2017, with proceeds to benefit United Way.

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