SEMA 2015: Lightweight, supercharged Chevrolet COPO Camaro debuts

SEMA 2015: Lightweight, supercharged Chevrolet COPO Camaro debuts image

Text: / Photos: Brent Co | posted November 04, 2015 15:02

Limited edition 2016 Chevrolet COPO Camaro revealed

The 2015 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) recently witnessed the debut of the 2016 Chevrolet COPO Camaro. Based off the sixth-generation Camaro, the new drag car features a lightweight rigid body race-prepped exterior/interior equipment and a choice of three engines.

Limited to only 69 units, the 2016 COPO Camaro features a light yet strong body frame which delivers better aerodynamics. It has a carbon fiber hood, bespoke Red Hot exterior finish, red-accented grill trim and Courtney Force signature graphics.

2016 Chevrolet Camaro COPO rear

It also has wheelie bars, parachute and Weld lightweight racing wheels wrapped in Goodyear racing tires.

Aboard the COPO Camaro, it has a National Hot Rod Association (NHRA)-certified chrome-moly roll cage, lightweight racing bucket seats with COPO logos, five-point safety harnesses and a floor-mounted shifter. It also has racing gauges and a competition switch panel.

As previously mentioned, the new COPO drag car will be available with three engines. There is the 5.7-liter supercharged V8, naturally-aspirated 7.0-liter V8 and the all-new LT-based 6.2-liter supercharged V8. All engines will be mated to a race-prepped Turbo 400 3-speed automatic.

Chassis-wise, it will have racing suspension components along with a unique rear solid axle system which replaces the independent suspension system. Other chassis components include: lightweight adjustable front struts, four-link rear suspension with adjustable coil overs, un-assisted rack & pinion steering system, fuel cell with built-in high pressure pump and a unique wire racing harness.

The COPO Camaro featured during the 2015 SEMA Show will be auctioned off by Barrett-Jackson in 2016, with the proceeds going to United Way Foundation.