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.
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.