2018 COPO – All-New 302

2018 COPO Camaro Hits the Strip with All-New 302 Racing Engine, Available Hot Wheels Package

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Chevrolet revealed the 2018 COPO Camaro today at Hot Wheels headquarters, in California, in conjunction with the announcement of the 2018 Camaro Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Edition. There will only be 30 days to register for your chance to purchase a 2018 COPO. Click here.The COPO Camaro show vehicle revealed today features an exclusive Supercrush exterior color. Customers will be able to order the 2018 COPO Camaro in the same Crush exterior color and appearance package as the production Hot Wheels Edition. An all-new, high-revving 302 Gen V Small Block is also available.Today’s announcement coincides with the early opening of the order system for the 2018 COPO Camaro.“The introduction of a new COPO Camaro is always exciting and the new engine and Hot Wheels package expand choices for customers,” said Jim Campbell, GM U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “Chevrolet has supported Camaro drag racers for more than 50 years and the historic COPO Camaro program continues to offer them more ways to win.”Those interested in purchasing one of the sixty-nine 2018 COPO Camaro race cars can register at chevrolet.com/performance/copo-registration. An independent third party will randomly select purchasers from the pool of interested customers. You only have until November 30, 2017 to register!

The new 302 racing engine is based on the LT1 engine offered in the 2018 Camaro SS, but built for drag racing with unique components. Its displacement derives from a shorter-stroke crankshaft than the production engine, which enables exceptional high-rpm capability.

COPO Camaro customers can also select naturally aspirated 427 (7.0L) or supercharged 350 (5.7L) racing engines. The supercharged 350 enables mid-8-second quarter-mile times at nearly 160 mph. All COPO Camaro engines are backed by an SFI-approved ATI TH400 three-speed automatic transmission.

As with the previous editions, 2018 COPO Camaro models are designed for NHRA’s Stock Eliminator classes. They are fitted with racing chassis and suspension components, including a unique solid rear axle system in place of a regular-production Camaro’s independent rear axle.

Driving the COPO legacy

During the 2017 Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals — NHRA’s largest event — more than 25 percent of the Stock Eliminator field was composed of COPO Camaro race cars, with many claiming class wins. Stephen Bell and Brett Candies won their respective Super Stock classes, while COPO Camaro competitors Jim Boburka, Victor Cagnazzi, Jeff Taylor and Daren Poole-Adams won their respective Stock Eliminator classes.

Additionally, David Barton won the Factory Showdown at the U.S. Nationals and went on to win the 2017 championship, after the final showdown race in St. Louis.

Enthusiasts can follow updates on the 2018 COPO Camaro program at TheBlock.com.

FAST FACT: Illinois dealer Fred Gibb initiated the ZL-1 COPO Camaro program in 1969. He ordered 50 cars with the all-aluminum ZL-1 engine and other dealers followed suit, bringing the production total to 69. Chevrolet has honored those original, special-order models by building only 69 COPO Camaro race cars each year since the program restarted in 2012.

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One Comment to 2018 COPO – All-New 302

  1. mark schafer says:

    Any chance Mattel will produce a 1/18 scale model of the COPO, no one has done any of these cars to date, I know a lot of die cast collectors would like to have one in their collection.

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