Smash the quarter-mile in less than 9 seconds just because you can.
Last year, Chevrolet celebrated 50 years of its COPO Camaro, the ultimate performance Camaro designed specifically to win at the drag strip. It was back in 1969 when a Chevy dealer named Fred Gibb wanted to offer his customers a proper drag-racing Camaro. To make that happen, Gibb utilized the Central Office Production Order (COPO) process that was typically used for fleet vehicles and other GM special orders. Gibb opted to spec these Camaros with the ZL1 427 cubic inch V8, a racing engine Chevrolet never intended to sell to the public.
In 2012, Chevy re-launched the COPO program with the then-fifth generation Camaro. As a possible sign of future times, last year Chevy introduced the one-off all-electric eCOPO Camaro, which recently failed to sell at auction. The 2019 COPO Camaro was limited to only 69 examples to mark that inaugural year.
And now, Chevy has just opened registration for the 2020 COPO Camaro, though no specific details such as engine options or a production number have been announced as of this writing. Chances are, this year's car will be very similar to last year, in that it was offered with a choice of three V8s: a 302 with 360 hp, a naturally aspirated 427 with 470 hp, or a supercharged 350 V8 with 580 hp. These outputs are NHRA-rated. The fastest 2019 COPO Camaro could smash the quarter-mile in just 9 seconds. All vehicles came with a race-ready roll cage and parachute package for obvious reasons.
This year's cars will lack the 50th-anniversary badges and unique appearance package but, mechanically speaking, should otherwise be about the same as last year. Chevy did hint that production will once again be very limited and pricing will be in the six-figure range. Anyone who is interested needs to act fast or will otherwise have to wait until next year.