The All-New COPO Camaro Has Arrived And It's So Ridiculously Awesome

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Drag racing never gets old.

Only 69 examples will be built for 2016 and you betcha every single one will get sold in no time. The all-new sixth-generation COPO Camaro is making its official debut here in Las Vegas at this year's SEMA Show. Like with the previous fifth-gen COPO Camaros, a program that began in 2012, this latest one is designed for NHRA's Stock and Super Stock Eliminator classes. As is the case with the road-going sixth-gen Camaro, the 2016 COPO Camaro benefits from a lighter and stronger body structure.

Computer-aided engineering tech helped increase structural rigidity by 28 percent, while the body-in-white mass was reduced by 133 lbs. Quick translation: less mass and greater strength. Combined with the car's overall sleeker profile, aerodynamic performance has also been improved.

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In collaboration with NHRA Camaro Funny Car driver Courtney Force, the show car featured here has a Red Hot exterior color with Courtney force-signature graphics and red-accented grille trim. Underneath that carbon fiber high-rise hood lies a concept 350 racing engine with a Whipple 2.9-liter supercharger. Production COPO race cars will be fitted with racing chassis and suspension components including a solid rear axle system instead of the independent unit. Other features include a lightweight, adjustable strut-type front suspension, four-link rear suspension with adjustable coil-overs, and a unique racing wire harness.

Buyers can select from the following engines: a supercharged 5.7-liter 350, a naturally aspirated 7.0-liter 427, and an all-new 6.2-liter 376. All are mated to a racing-prepped three-speed automatic gearbox. An independent third-party will randomly select buyers from a pool of interested customers, but the show car will be auctioned at a Barrett-Jackson sale in 2016, with all proceeds going to United Way.

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