Chevrolet is following up the 2012 COPO Camaro with another limited run of the drag-strip-ready production car for 2013. Ditching the superchargers, the 2013 COPO Camaro can only be equipped with one of three naturally aspirated V8 engines, and other new features include the option of a manual transmission, new front springs, some minor styling changes and a lower starting price of $86,000. All cars are designed to abide by the rules of the NHRA's Stock Eliminator or Super Stock classifications, depending on in which series buyers wish to enter their Chevrolet Camaro.

Returning for 2013 is the 427-cubic-inch V8 producing 425 horsepower, but the new engines include a 325-hp 350-CID V8 and a 375-hp 396-CID V8. Buyers can select to purchase all three engines, and each will be matched with the sequence number of that car; the track-only COPO cars will not have vehicle identification numbers and can't be registered for street use.

Chevrolet is also offering unique enthusiast-specific options such as a COPO Build Book and the opportunity for owners to help assemble their car's engine at the Chevrolet Performance Build Center in Wixom, MI.

Like last year's model and the original COPO Camaro from 1969, only 69 of these cars are being built. If you want the chance at getting your hands on one of these rare Camaros, today is the last day to make your purchase intention known (by visiting chevroletperformance.com) before a third-party company randomly selects available buyers. Those chosen to purchase a COPO Camaro will be contacted on March 11. General Motors says that more than 3,000 people showed interest in the 69 cars built for 2012. More information about the new COPO Camaro is posted in a press release below.
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Chevrolet Identifies Customers for New COPO Camaros
Two new engines, manual transmission enhance options for Chevy's factory race car

DETROIT – Chevrolet today announced that customers for the limited run of 2013 COPO Camaro factory drag-racing cars will be identified starting Monday, March 11. Only 69 of the cars will be constructed this year.

Racers must make their purchase intentions known by signing up on the COPO Camaro Mailing List at chevroletperformance.com by Thursday, March 7.

The starting price for the COPO Camaro is $86,000.

"The COPO Camaro program is growing into its second year to support our customers, who have continually expressed their interest for these specialized race cars," said Jim Campbell, General Motors U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. "The 2013 production run builds on the success of our inaugural year with new powertrain choices and enhancements that will make the cars even more competitive."

More than 3,000 hand raisers indicated a purchase interest in the 2012 COPO Camaros, when only 69 were built.

COPO stands for Central Office Production Order and was originally used by dealers in the 1960s to generate special orders, mostly for fleet vehicles. Some racing-minded dealers used the system to create higher-performance models that weren't otherwise available, including the legendary 1969 Camaro ZL1, which featured an all-aluminum 427-cubic-inch engine developed for racing. Sixty-nine ZL1s were built and they've since become valuable collector cars.

New powertrains

The 2013 production run will be offered with two all-new engines, as well as a new manual transmission, to make the COPO Camaro eligible for a broader range of NHRA Stock Eliminator classes. The engine range includes three naturally aspirated choices:

350-cubic-inch engine rated at 325 horsepower
396-cubic-inch engine rated at 375 horsepower
427-cubic-inch engine rated at 425 horsepower.

A high-feature fuel-injection system is standard on all COPO Camaros, with engine management directed by an all-new Holley HP EFI electronic control unit that features self-tuning fuel table strategies and data logging. The injection system is used in conjunction with a Holley Hi-Ram intake manifold.

Driven by customer demand, the new manual transmission joins the Powerglide automatic for the COPO Camaro's transmission choices. Rear axle gearing is optimized for each vehicle, depending on the engine and transmission.

All of the LS-family engines are built at Chevrolet's Performance Build Center, in Wixom, Mich., and the buyer can opt to participate in the engine assembly, similar to Chevrolet's Corvette Engine Build Experience and the Chevrolet Performance Build Your Own Crate Engine programs. Customers can also select the Engine Collector's Package, which includes all three COPO racing engines serial-number-matched to the car, with one installed at the time of delivery. Serialized engines can also be ordered separately, (i.e. only one additional engine), but will be still number-matched to the car.

Additional new and revised production features for 2013 include:

-A "heritage" grille and standard-production (non-HID) headlamps
-New exterior graphics choices with engine-size call-outs
-Revised interior package with custom carpet and new switch panel
-Dedicated racing wiring harness
-Revised front springs that enhance performance
-Transmission cooler integrated with radiator.

Five exterior colors are offered for 2013: Black, Summit White, Victory Red, Silver Ice Metallic and Ashen Gray Metallic.

All COPO Camaros are assembled by hand starting with hardware from the Oshawa assembly plant that manufactures regular-production Camaros. Each is fitted with an NHRA-approved roll cage and other safety equipment, along with racing chassis and suspension components – including a unique solid rear axle system in place of a regular-production Camaro's independent rear axle. Production equipment also includes lightweight Bogart racing wheels and Hoosier racing tires.

The purchase process

The pool of potential customers identified via the COPO Camaro Mailing List is randomized by a third-party organization and a Chevrolet representative will contact them from the Central Office, starting March 11.

The Central Office representative confirms the purchase intent and works with the customer to specify the powertrain, exterior color and graphics and other options. The customer will also indicate a preferred Chevrolet dealership to complete the sale. After that, a COPO purchase certificate is sent to the customer, who will take it to his or her preferred dealer to officially place the order for the car.

Production is scheduled to begin in April, with deliveries starting in early summer. Customers must take delivery of the car in the Detroit area, where the COPO Camaros are built.

Each COPO Camaro features a sequenced build serial number matched to the engine, but is sold without a Vehicle Identification Number and cannot be registered for highway use.

Parts and assembly guide

Many of the fundamental components used to assemble the COPO Camaros – including all of the hand-assembled racing engines – are available from Chevrolet Performance. They are outlined in a special COPO section of the 2013 Chevrolet Performance catalog, which is available from Chevrolet dealers or by ordering online at chevroletperformance.com.

The COPO parts must be ordered and delivered through Chevrolet detailers and other authorized retailers. Additionally, customers can participate in Chevrolet Performance's Build Your Own COPO Engine program when purchasing one of the COPO racing engines (at an extra cost), allowing them to visit Chevy's Performance Build Center to help assemble the engine they purchased.

Also available from Chevrolet Performance is the "COPO Build Book," part number 88958767, which provides an overview of the cars' assembly process for those that want to build their own Chevrolet Stock Eliminator or Super Stock race car.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.5 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.


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      stevenh
      • 1 Year Ago
      sounds like a recipe for Barrett Jackson year 2043
      misterbertram
      • 1 Year Ago
      325hp 350 v8, a whole whopping three more than you get from the base v6!!!!
        l9t8z
        • 1 Year Ago
        @misterbertram
        These cars are built to cater to almost entirely to the NHRA sportsman class race teams, not a general consumer. Alot of the classes have HP limits. I am gonna pretty safely say the 325 hp model will widen the smile of more than few people who actually participate in professional class drag racing. And before you think 325hp=slow, in the hands of a race team, this car will run 10 sec ET's. And lastly, just about every 2012 Copo was used as intended and not tucked away in a garage like so many said over and over would happen.
        Alfonso T. Alvarez
        • 1 Year Ago
        @misterbertram
        So, you apparently have no clue what spec racing is about, now do you?? Please leave the room now and don't come back until you understand basic racing rules!!
          misterbertram
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Alfonso T. Alvarez
          oh my bad. autblog should have a disclaimer before any comments are posted that says something like "WARNING!!! you MUST be an automotive GOD and know everything there is to know about cars before you post your entitled opinion, failure to comply will result in unnecessarily rude replies from various other car gods!" get off me d!ck head!! i was only surprised that a big mighty strong and oh so expensive v8 has only two more ponies than a base wimpy oh so cheap v6. and no sh!t its still quicker, by the looks of those phat slicks in the back and a solid rear end and all the weight saving i kinda figured that. all you arrogant pompus pr!cks need to relax, you see anything other than perfection and ya pounce on it like raw meat.
        ImpulseGTO
        • 1 Year Ago
        @misterbertram
        You get more tourqe from the V8
      over here in this li
      86000. What a joke. Cheaper to just custom order a motor, go build it in GM's motor factory with your own hands, aided by their tech, bring it home, pop out the existing motor, sell it, and replace with your new custom built HI performance Motor. At least you can drive IT on the street. Not being able to be street driven as per first idea, what's the fun of it.
        l9t8z
        • 1 Year Ago
        @over here in this li
        So many people dont understand these factory hot rods from Ford, GM and Chrysler. These are built for race teams that use the cars as intented. You go figure out how much it costs to build a class competing super stock or stock eliminator NHRA race car, then youll see $86K is about par for the course and in some cases under.
        Alfonso T. Alvarez
        • 1 Year Ago
        @over here in this li
        Yet again, just like above - go home and never comment again about this kind of race car until you clearly understand what spec racing is all about!
      bubba_roe
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like something Dr. Seuss designed.
      riserburn99andre
      • 1 Year Ago
      God another reason why the Camaro is a bowlful of awesome with two more scoops of awesome with awesome on top of awesome. I would take the 396 in a heartbeat. I loved the old school engine choices. I would love to look at the spec sheet on them, especially the bore and stroke, rocker ratio and camshaft profile.
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        Chris
        • 1 Year Ago
        A diesel Camaro? I know Europeans love their diesels, but I'm not sure even they would get behind that.
      don bjorkland
      • 1 Year Ago
      You know the 350 is not 325 hp , just like the 427 is not 425 hp, the hp rating must be at 3500 rpm , any body know how chevrolet and NHRA rate these engines??
        Greg Quillen
        • 1 Year Ago
        @don bjorkland
        going by their quarter mile times.. what ever engine the one I seen run in 8s, had to have over 1000HP.. N/A 427 dynoed 526wHP so that is like 610HP
      FRD
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would like to see a street version of this.
      Bill Burke
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have seen virtually no Camaros competing against the Mustangs and Challengers in sanctioned NHRA events. Yes it's true, the Mustangs and the very successful Dodge Challengers have had more developmental time, but I think Chevy built the first COPO cars to run fast times with exotic supercharged engines which may not be legal for NHRA stock classes. In essance, they Camaros were exhibition cars, not race cars. The adoption of conventional engines means Chevy now thinks they can compete against the Fords and Dodges with their conventional motors. The superchargers do make these cars fast but Ford supercharged their cars last year and were actually outrunning the non-supercharged Challengers. If Dodge upped the anty and put superchargers on their powerful HEMI engines they would probably outrun the Fords and Chevys but it would then move the competition into an area of modified production exotic development and away from actual stock car racing. I applaud Chevy for there decision and believe the NHRA should sanction only non-supercharged engines for legal stock and super stock competition. This gives the non-factory backed teams a better chance to compete against less exotic and expensive factory hot rods. Stock should be trully "stock".
      Thea
      • 1 Year Ago
      425 hp on gas monkey garage rollings said it had over 800 hp! no way can 425 hp do 8 second quarter mile!
      d.toma1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Building 69 cars......have 3000 people wanting one.....Looks like the old GM is back!
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