2017 COPO Camaro Revealed Alongside Camaro SS Drag Racing Prototypes

2017 COPO Camaro and 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS Drag Racing prototypes 5 photos
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Building on the legacy of the 2016 COPO Camaro, the golden bowtie took to SEMA to show off the 2017 COPO Camaro. The blue-painted show car bears serial number 01 of 69, and it will be auctioned off by Barrett-Jackson at the Scottsdale sale in 2017.
For 2017, the COPO Camaro is available with a variety of LS- and LT-based V8s powerplants. Backed by an ATI TH400 3-speed automatic transmission, the drag racer special is available with a supercharged 350 V8 (5.7-liter), a naturally aspirated 427 V8 (7.0-liter), and direct-injected 376 V8 (6.2-liter) similar in nature to the LT1 engine in the Camaro SS.

Further on the mechanical front, the 2017 COPO Camaro comes from the get-go with adjustable coil-over strut front suspension, four-link rear suspension with double-adjustable coil-over shocks, and a Panhard bar plus a stabilizer bar. Other go-faster goodies include a rear axle that boasts aluminum in its construction, a steel spool, and 40-spline gun-drilled axle shafts, as well as manual four-wheel disc brakes, manual steering rack, and a fuel cell.

This year’s edition of SEMA sees Chevrolet debut two Camaro SS prototypes. Part of the Camaro SS Drag Race Development Program, the two siblings were created to develop performance parts for the 2016 and 2017 Camaro SS. One of the two vehicles had its factory diff swapped for a numerically higher ratio. That’s because the LT1 V8 was pushed to 535 horsepower or thereabout thanks to a cam-and-heads package. With a power adder, output of the 6.2-liter eight-cylinder blunderbuss hikes to 600 horsepower.

Mark Dickens, the director of Chevy’s Performance Variants, Parts and Motorsports Engineering division, said that his team “tested stronger axles and chassis components aimed at improving launch and traction attributes.” Engineers have also tested a higher-stall torque converter, increasing stall speed to 4,200 rpm or 30 percent higher than stock. Vector in racing slicks shod in 20-inch wheels and beefier half-shafts and you get one hell of a car.

The best performance to date pulled by the two Camaro SS drag racing prototypes includes a 1/4-mile run of 10.685 seconds at 125.73 mph.
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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