SEMA: Chevrolet Unveils 2016 COPO Camaro

Get ready to rumble. Chevrolet is unveiling the 2016 Gen Six COPO Camaro and a very limited 69 will be up for grabs. A special show car version debuted this week at SEMA and will be auctioned off in 2016 to benefit United Way.

Chevy enlisted the help of Courtney Force, NHRA Camaro Funny Car Driver, to help with the design. The COPO Camaro uses the new 2016 Camaro as its base and is falls into the NHRA’s Stock and Super Stock Eliminator classes. 

“With the new Gen Six Camaro as its foundation, the 2016 COPO Camaro begins the next chapter of an historic racing legacy. It’s great to have Courtney Force on Team Chevy and to work with her on the design of the new COPO Camaro show car. Most important, her effort will help raise money for a great cause,” says Jim Campbell.

The exterior of the show COPO gets a Red Hot exterior paint with Force’s signature graphic design and red-accents on the grille. The back gets funny with wheelie bars and a parachute. Goodyear racing tires are mounted on Weld lightweight racing wheels and beneath the carbon fiber high-rise hood is a concept 350 racing engine with a Whipple 2.9-liter supercharger.

“I was extremely honored to work with Chevrolet and help design the 2016 COPO Camaro we unveiled today at the SEMA show. The bright red color and the signature slash marks towards the back on the car bring a part of my Traxxas Chevrolet Camaro Funny Car to the COPO Camaro, which I think is really cool. The proceeds from this car go to a great cause and benefit the United Way Foundation, so it’s an awesome project all around,” said Courtney Force.

Inside the COPO gets an NHRA-certified chrome-moly roll cage, lightweight racing bucket seats with the COPO logo and Force’s signature, five-point safety harnesses, floor-mounted shifters, and racing gauges with a competition switch in the instrument panel.

Chevy is hand building 69 production COPOs specially outfitted with adjustable strut-type front suspension, un-assisted rack-and pinion steering, fuel cell with built-in high pressure fuel pump, and unique racing wire harness. The rear axle features an aluminum center section with spool-type differential and 40-spline gun-drilled axle shafts as well as four-link rear suspension with adjustable coil-overs, Panhard bar and stabilizer bar.

The production COPO offers a supercharged 350 5.7-liter engine, a naturally aspirated 427 7.0-liter engine, and an all-new LT-based 376 6.2-liter engine. Each uses a racing-prepped Turbo 400 three-speed automatic transmission.

The 69 production 2016 COPO Camaros are available for racers to register for here.

Photo Credit: Chevrolet
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