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2012 Chevrolet COPO Camaro

Chevrolet COPO Camaro Goes From Concept to Production

2012 Chevrolet COPO Camaro
Chevrolet will build 69 COPO Camaros for 2012, the brand's first purpose-built Camaro drag-racing specialty car designed to compete with the quickest in NHRA's Stock Eliminator and Super Stock classes. National records for quarter-mile times in these contests are in the nine-second range.

As such, the COPO Camaros are expected to be the quickest Camaro ever offered by Chevrolet.

'The COPO Camaro is going to shake up the sportsman drag racing ranks this summer and give Chevy fans a great new reason to cheer on the Bowtie,' said Jim Campbell, GM Ú.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles & Motorsports. 'COPO builds off the strengths that have made the Camaro the best-selling sports car in America. And while it was developed strictly for the drag strip, the COPO Camaro is infused with the same performance pedigree that every Camaro shares.'

The 69-car production for the 2012 COPO Camaro matches the number of 'ZL-1' COPO Camaros made in 1969. COPO stands for Central Office Production Order and was Chevrolet's special-order system in used by dealers to build high-performance models in the 1960s.

The new COPO Camaros will be built using factory 'body-in-white' body structures produced at the Oshawa, Ontario plant that manufactures regular-production Camaros. They are the same body-in-white body shells available to all racers under Chevrolet Performance part number 19243374.

Customers will order and complete the transaction for their COPO Camaro at their preferred Chevrolet dealer with delivery at the General Motors Performance Build Center in Wixom, Mich.

Deliveries will begin early this summer.

Highlights of the new COPO Camaro program include:
• A sequenced build number matched to the engine but sold without a Vehicle Identification Number and cannot be registered for highway use

2012 Chevrolet COPO Camaro• Three racing-class engine are available, including a naturally aspirated 427 (7.0L) and two supercharged 327 (5.3L) V-8 engines

2012 Chevrolet COPO Camaro
• Engine assembly at GM's Performance Build Center, where the buyer can opt to participate in the engine assembly similar to Chevrolet's Corvette Engine Build Experience and the Chevrolet Performance Build Your Own Crate Engine programs


2012 Chevrolet COPO Camaro
• Engines pairing with a Powerglide automatic transmission designed for drag racing

2012 Chevrolet COPO Camaro
• Five colors: Flat Black, Summit White, Victory Red, Silver Ice Metallic and Ashen Gray Metallic


• A COPO graphics package similar to the one introduced on the concept vehicle available in Metallic White, Semi-Gloss Black, Inferno Orange Metallic and Chevy Racing Blue


• Pricing starting at $89,000

• A special collector's package offering the purchase of all three engines with the COPO Camaro – including one installed in the car at delivery – with each engine serial number matched to the car

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Selection process

The COPO Camaro concept was first shown at the 2011 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas, where the overwhelming response by more than 2,000 racing enthusiasts shaped the decision to produce a limited number of COPO Camaros.

To ensure fair access to the limited number of COPO Camaros, an independent third party was used to identify the first individuals who would be offered the opportunity to buy one of the new COPO Camaros. Those selected will receive a confirmation letter with instructions on how to fulfill the purchase contract, choose the engine option for their intended racing class, and take delivery.

Designed to win

The COPO Camaro is designed to NHRA racing specifications including a solid axle and a full chrome moly roll cage. Inside, most of the standard sound deadening and power accessories have been deleted in order to optimize weight for NHRA racing. Also included is a pair of racing bucket seats (no rear seat), a safety harness for the driver, a competition floor shifter and Chevrolet Performance gauges.

The three engines offered in the COPO Camaro program were developed to align with the top classes in NHRA's various Stock Eliminator and Super Stock ranks. They are:
• An LS7-based naturally aspirated 427 (7.0L) V-8


• A supercharged, LSX-based 327 (5.3L) V-8 featuring a 2.9L supercharger

• A supercharged, LSX-based 327 (5.3L) V-8 featuring a 4.0L supercharger


The 2012 COPO Camaro is being offered as a performance part, with a specific part number (P/N 20129562). It cannot be registered, titled, licensed, or driven on public roads or highways. COPO is specifically offered for off-highway, competitive NHRA use only.

Racing enthusiasts interested in more information can go to www.gmperformanceparts.com to sign up for COPO Camaro updates through the Fuel online newsletter. Production updates will also be posted on Chevrolet Performance's Facebook page.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

Source - Chevrolet

Chevy Performance Rolls with Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour

2012 Chevrolet COPO Camaro
Weeklong drive kicks off with unprecedented access to GM's Milford Proving Ground2012 Chevrolet COPO Camaro
Road trip! It's that time of year again for the annual automotive pilgrimage known as the Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour® and Chevrolet Performance helps get it started on Saturday, June 2, at General Motors' Milford Proving Ground. The Power Tour winds up in Arlington, Texas, on June 9.

With more than 3,000 hot rods, muscle cars, classic trucks and late-model performance vehicles and approximately 12,000 enthusiasts accompanying them, the Milford kick-off represents the largest-ever group of 'civilians' to visit the secure test facility.

'This is a great opportunity for enthusiasts to get a glimpse behind the curtain at GM and for us to get in touch with our performance customers,' said Jim Campbell, Ú.S. vice president of Chevrolet Performance Vehicles & Motorsports. 'It also allows enthusiasts to get a closer look at our product development and the people behind our engines, performance parts and vehicle accessories.'

The Milford Proving Ground is the automotive equivalent of 'Area 51,' serving as the primary testing facility for GM's future products. When it opened in 1924, MPG was the world's first dedicated automotive manufacturer testing facility. Today, it covers approximately 4,000 acres and contains more than 130 miles of driving surfaces of all types, including a 3.8-mile oval track and a 4.5-mile circle track with steep banking that enables vehicles to be driven around it at up to 120 mph without the need for steering input. The 'Black Lake' area is a 67-acre pad of blacktop used for a variety of vehicle dynamics testing. Special certification is required for drivers on some of the tracks.

MPG is also home to GM's Vehicle Safety and Crashworthiness Lab, where vehicles are crash-tested during development, as well as vehicle-build facilities, where prototypes of future vehicles are built by hand prior to testing.

With untold prototypes of far- and near-future models prowling its roadways in camouflage, spy photographers continually try to capture the goings-on in MPG. The current chase is a glimpse of the next-generation Corvette, which is known to be under development.

Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour participants and visitors to the Proving Ground on June 2 will have to follow strict security guidelines – including where they can and cannot take photos – but GM is offering unprecedented access, including tours and ride-and-drives on several of the tracks.

Chevrolet Performance will offer a host of activities and special features, including:
•A heritage engine display
•A collection of heritage vehicles
•Powertrain demonstrations
•A GM Design Center display.

The kick-off event also marks the official public debut of The BLOCK – a unique, online social community for car enthusiasts of all stripes. Participants can register on site and upload a profile of their car, and they'll also receive a custom 'QR' code decal that can be affixed to a window. Fellow enthusiasts who scan the code will be taken directly to The BLOCK's home page on their smartphone.

Representatives from The BLOCK will be combing through the cars at Milford, looking for interesting rides and individuals for future stories. The BLOCK, powered by Chevrolet Performance, enables consumers to create profiles, post content and drive discussions.

A trio of popular concepts will be on display:
•The Camaro Hot Wheels SEMA show car – inspired by the 'Custom Camaro,' the dazzling Spectraflame® 1:64-scale toy that was one of the original 16 Hot Wheels cars released in 1968. This dazzling Camaro was collaboration between GM Design and the Hot Wheels Design studio. It features a brilliant, chrome-green finish.
•The prototype COPO Camaro drag car – What started as a concept is now reality: The 2012 COPO Camaro specialty drag-racing model. Production was recently announced and only 69 will be built to shake up NHRA's Stock and Super Stock ranks. Chevrolet Performance's official video of the COPO prototype undergoing testing on the drag strip has been viewed more than 60,000 times.
•The Sonic Boom SEMA show car – introduced at the 2011 SEMA Show, it is a sound system-based concept that delivers high performance of an auditory type. A high-tech head unit controls the system, which features a pair of 15-inch subwoofers and 10 six-inch mid-range speakers. The concept Kicker system delivers 4,000 total Watts of power.

Also at Milford will be a display of Cadillac performance vehicles, including the CTS-V Series.

Representatives from Chevrolet Performance will be preparing a caravan of 14 specialty vehicles that will do the 'long haul' – driving the entire distance of the Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour. Highlights include:
2012 Camaro ZL1 coupe – a production version of the new, daily-drivable supercar that features a 580-hp supercharged 6.2L engine and technically advanced drivetrain – including third-gen Magnetic Ride Control – to deliver 0-60 performance of four seconds, 11-second quarter-miles and a top speed of 184 mph.
2012 Camaro SS 'Synergy' convertible – a specially equipped production package with a body-color grille, ground effects, 'gill' graphics, hood stripes and flangeless 21-inch wheels. Inside is a gray leather interior accented with a Hurst short-throw shifter.
2012 Corvette Grand Sport Convertible Centennial Edition – commemorating Chevrolet's 100th Anniversary and featuring Carbon Flash Metallic paint, satin-black graphics, satin-black wheels, unique badges depicting Louis Chevrolet and a special-trimmed interior.
2013 Corvette ZR1 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car – the car used to pace the 2012 Indianapolis 500 – and driven by celebrity chef Guy Fieri – will run with the Power Tour field.
2012 Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle – a specially decked-out demonstrator of Chevy's new, rear-drive Caprice police car will 'monitor' the Power Tour. Powered by a 6.0L V-8 rated at 364 hp, Michigan State Police tested the Caprice PPV and recorded 0-60 performance of less than six seconds with a top speed of 154 mph.
2012 Sonic five-door – equipped with a bevy of popular accessories, this eye-catching sport-compact suggests a Power Tour contender for a new generation.
1953 Suburban – riding on TrailBlazer SS frame with rear-wheel drive, this orange-and-black supercharged Suburban is powered by a Chevrolet Performance LSX376 crate engine fitted with an LSA supercharger kit that makes 665 horsepower. The cargo area is filled with a full complement of vehicle detailing equipment in custom storage bins.
1970 Dale Jr. Chevelle – designed in cooperation with Dale Earnhardt Jr., this modern muscle car debuted at last fall's SEMA Show, introducing the industry's first Connect and Cruise Crate Powertrain Systems. It features Chevrolet Performance's factory-engineered LSA/4L85-E engine and transmission combination, matched with all the electronic control modules, wiring harnesses and other key components.
1955 E-Rod Chevy – Chevrolet Performance's groundbreaking hot rod that introduced the emissions-compliant E-Rod crate engine systems. It features a Corvette-based LS3 engine package, with components including a fuel tank evaporative emissions canister, which helped it earn EO number D-126-30 from California Air Resources Board – the first ever for a performance crate engine.

Chevrolet Performance will also use a 2012 Suburban and a uniquely outfitted 'Motor Medic' support vehicle, equipped with tools and parts to help Power Tour drivers in need keep their cars on the road. Last year, the Motor Medic helped more than 300 cars and their drivers.

Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour cruisers and hot rod enthusiasts who don't make it to the MPG kick-off from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. can catch up with the Chevrolet Performance cars, parts and personnel at these stops:
•June 3 – Muskegon, Mich.
•June 4 – Champaign, Ill.
•June 5 – Madison, Ill.
•June 6 – Miami, Okla.
•June 7 – Stillwater, Okla.
•June 8 – Arlington, Texas.

Source - Chevrolet

RICK HENDRICK BUILDS CUSTOM ENGINE FOR 2012 COPO CAMARO

2012 Chevrolet COPO CamaroRick Hendrick, owner of NASCAR team Hendrick Motorsports and chairman of Hendrick Automotive Group, built the engine for his 2012 COPO Camaro at General Motors' Performance Build Center today, as part of Chevrolet's series of customer engine build experiences.

In 2011, Hendrick also took part in Chevrolet's Corvette engine build experience.

'Last year's Corvette engine build was such a memorable experience that I couldn't pass up the opportunity to do it again with a COPO Camaro. As a Chevy enthusiast and collector, it's a real privilege to do something like this,' Hendrick §äid. 'I want to thank everyone at the Performance Build Center for having me back. It means so much to spend time with people who share my passion for cars and work so hard to produce some of the best engines in the world.'

In addition to the Corvette Engine Build Experience and COPO Engine Build Experience, Chevrolet also has a Crate Engine Build Experience. These engine-building opportunities offer customers the convenience and assurance of purchasing a factory-engineered performance engine with the personal satisfaction of building one's own engine for a project vehicle.

'Building an engine is a time-honored tradition in hot rodding, and this program allows enthusiasts to enjoy that magical do-it-yourself feeling, while still enjoying the value of a GM Powertrain-engineered and factory-warrantied engine,' said Jim Campbell, GM Ú.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. 'For hands-on hot rodders, these programs truly enable them to say they did it all when it came to building their project. There's nothing else like it in the industry.'

In March, Chevroletannounced it will build 69 COPO Camaros for 2012, the brand's first purpose-built Camaro drag-racing specialty car designed to compete with the quickest in NHRA's Stock Eliminator and Super Stock classes. National records for quarter-mile times in these contests are in the nine-second range. As such, the COPO Camaros are expected to be the quickest Camaros ever offered by Chevrolet.

'The COPO Camaro is going to shake up the sportsman drag racing ranks this summer and give Chevy fans a great new reason to cheer on the Bowtie,' Campbell §äid. 'COPO builds off the strengths that have made the Camaro the best-selling sports car in America. And while it was developed strictly for the drag strip, the COPO Camaro is infused with the same performance pedigree that every Camaro shares.'

The 69-car production for the 2012 COPO Camaro matches the number of 'ZL-1' COPO Camaros made in 1969. COPO stands for Central Office Production Order and was Chevrolet's special-order system used by dealers to build high-performance models in the 1960s.

The new COPO Camaros will be built using factory 'body-in-white' body structures produced at the Oshawa, Ontario plant that manufactures regular-production Camaros. They are the same body-in-white body shells available to all racers under Chevrolet Performance part number 19243374.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

Source - Chevrolet

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