COPO is a magical acronym to Chevrolet fans—it stands for the most powerful Chevys produced during the muscle car era. But it also stands for a modern-day Camaro drag car. Chevrolet has produced them in small quantities over the past few years, available only to professional drag racers, so you and I rarely get the opportunity to experience its performance down the 1320. So how about a video? Meh. A video with an underhood view as the COPO does a burnout and then makes an eight-second pass? Sign me up!
Here’s some background on the vehicle surrounding the engine: 2012 COPO Camaro with supercharged 327 driven by J.C. Beattie of ATI Performance Products. Last fall, Beattie was awarded us ‘Best Engineered’ car by the NHRA, and his 8.449 pass made the team the number one qualifier out of a field of 75. Not bad for a 3600-lb car on 10.5-inch Hoosiers. Beattie says, “The performance really speaks volumes for the package the guys at GM put together for the COPO owners to race.”
Remove any distractions around you and watch the video below: