Chevrolet has announced that it will build COPO Camaro drag racers for the 2013 calendar year. And like in 2012, there will be exactly 69 of them, all conforming to the regulations of the NHRA’s Stock Eliminator or Super Stock classifications.
To mix things up a bit, Chevy will also introduce a pair of different engines from the COPO Camaro of last year. Returning for 2013 will be the 427-cubic-inch V8 producing 425 horsepower, but we will also find a 325 horsepower, 350 cubic-inch V8 along with a 396 cubic-inch model with 375 horsepower. The big differences from last year is that there are no superchargers this time around — as all powerplants are naturally aspirated; a manual transmission joins the Powerglide automatic shifter for the transmission choices of the COPO Camaro. Rear axle gearing is optimized for each vehicle, depending on the engine and transmission.
Subtle exterior changes are in store, such as the new decals and revised grille. There will also be five exterior colors for 2013, including Black, Summit White, Victory Red, Silver Ice Metallic, and Ashen Gray Metallic. Production is scheduled to begin in April, with deliveries starting in early summer.
Of course, like last year, the cars are for track use only, as these special Camaro models do not carry vehicle identification numbers. The price? A seemingly affordable $86,000 and up. Not bad for a race car.