After teasing the daylights out of us, General Motors has officially announced that it will manufacture 69 units of the 2012 COPO Camaro — the specialty car made specifically for drag racing. Currently, production of the COPO is scheduled to begin in April 2012.
The COPO is not street-legal, therefore it can not be registered, titled, or licensed, and will not contain a VIN — instead being identified only by a serial number. It’s designed for competition in the NHRA’s Stock Eliminator and Super Stock classes.
Additionally, the ordering process for the COPO is somewhat unique: Chevrolet will begin notifying consumers who expressed interest in the COPO of their opportunity to buy one on Thursday, March 8. These customers, which were identified by GM “based on feedback [to the COPO Concept] and an objective sorting process” will receive a COPO Purchase Certificate. From there, the customer will need to select a dealership of their choosing and will be provided by a point of contact at the store. At this point, customers will have ten business days to complete the transaction with their elected dealership.
Initially introduced at the 2011 SEMA show, the COPO Concept was heralded as a direct competitor to the Ford Mustang Cobra Jet. The COPO Concept brought forth a choice of two supercharged 5.3L V8s or a 7.0L LS7. The engine that received the most attention was the 5.3L (327 cubic inches) with a beastly 4.0L Whipple supercharger, which has the potential to propel the Zeta-based track terror through the quarter mile in 9 seconds or less. The second 5.3L featured a less potent supercharger.
Now, who is looking to get themselves into one of these barbarian drag monsters?