When the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 was introduced for 2012, amateur racers across the country began to salivate at the prospect of a factory-backed track edition of the car in the vein of similar models that had been offered by Ford and Dodge in an effort to snare both the drag crowd and road course fiends. This week, Chevrolet announced that a very limited competition-oriented edition of the Camaro ZL1 would be made available this coming summer.
The Chevrolet COPO Camaro is intended to appeal to drivers looking to be competitive in NHRA Stock Eliminator and Super Stock drag racing classes. Although the Camaro ZL-1 already holds the title of the fastest-ever street legal version of the muscle car, the Chevrolet COPO Camaro will reign as the speediest model in the history of the vehicle. Buyers will have the choice of either a 7.0-liter V-8 or one of two supercharged 5.3-liter V-8 engines under the hood, and the car also comes with a Powerglide automatic transmission, a solid rear axle, a roll cage and a full weight loss regimen that includes stripping out most of the vehicle's niceties. Racing seats and harnesses are also provided with the car free of charge.