SEMA 2016: 2017 COPO Chevrolet Camaro Extends The Drag Racing Legacy1
Alongside the announcement of Chevrolet’s Camaro SS Drag Race Development Program, the brand also revealed the legacy of the COPO (Central Office Production Order) Camaro would continue on for 2017.
Ahead of its public debut at the 2016 SEMA Show, the 2017 COPO Chevrolet Camaro was revealed as one of 69 to be built for the 2017 season, featuring an “anodized” concept version of the production Hyper Blue Metallic exterior color.
Specifications remain unchanged for the 2017 COPO Camaro, but if you need a refresher, the COPO Camaro arrives with a variety of supercharged and naturally aspirated engine choices. They include a supercharged 5.7-liter V8, naturally-aspirated 7.0-liter V8 and an LT-based, direct-injected 6.2-liter V8 engine.
Additionally, each hand-built COPO Camaro includes:
- Lightweight, adjustable coil-over strut front suspension
- Four-link rear suspension with double-adjustable coil-over shocks, Panhard bar and stabilizer bar
- Rear axle with an aluminum center section featuring a lightweight steel spool and 40-spline gun-drilled axle shafts
- Lightweight, drag-race manual four-wheel disc brakes (unassisted)
- Custom manual steering rack
- Fuel cell with built-in high-pressure fuel pump
- Unique racing wire harness
And, of course, the COPO Camaro ditches the independent rear axle for a solid rear axle.
Chevrolet will accept applications to purchase a 2017 COPO Camaro through December 15, 2016. A third-party will then select random applicants for purchase, and will contact individuals during the first quarter of 2017.
If that’s too much work, Chevrolet will auction off serial number 01 at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale this coming January, with all proceeds benefiting United Way.
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