To keep the Camaro-Mustang rivalry alive and kicking, GM built the Chevrolet COPO Camaro concept to do battle with Ford's Cobra Jet Mustang turn-key drag strip race car. First seen at the SEMA Show last month the COPO Camaro has now been spotted at the drag strip for some initial testing.
Like the Ford Cobra Jet, the COPO Camaro is available with a naturally-aspirated or a supercharged engine. Both engines for the Cobra Jet are 5.0-liters, but the COPO Camaro is set up to use either a blown 5.3-liter or a naturally-aspirated 7.0-liter. Chevrolet refers to the engines in cubic inches (327 and 427) for a bit of nostalgia. The supercharged 327 resides in the concept’s engine bay.
Three transmissions are available: A Powerglide two-speed automatic transmission, a three-speed automatic or a five-speed manual. It has also loses its independent rear suspension in favor of a dragstrip-friendly solid axle. Like the Cobra Jet, the front and rear suspension has been optimized for the strip, and most of its interior trim and sound deadening has been removed.
Check out the first videos of the Chevrolet COPO Camaro concept as it blasts down the strip for the first time at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Florida earlier this month. Although both videos are cut short before the time and trap speed are displayed on the overhead boards, the length of the videos suggest that this drag racer may be able to make a sub-10 second pass. You may want to turn your speakers down, as the COPO Camaro has one serious bark.
Source: GM, YouTube