SEMA Preview: Camaro SS Drag Race and COPO
In addition to the AutoX Concept, Chevrolet is also bringing to the 2016 SEMA show a pair of highly accelerative Camaros. These drag specialists include the Camaro SS Drag Race Development Program and the new 2017 COPO Camaro, both of which are designed to pop in a insanely fast quarter-mile time.
So if you are one of those people who never got the point of quarter-mile drag races, you’re not going to like this. But normal people will find the recipe of Camaro SS Drag Race quite enticing. This developmental prototype is built an en experiment to see how fast the engineers could make the SS short of turning it into a COPO. So they swapped the differential for a numerically higher ratio and equipped the LT1 engine cam-and-heads package to get it up to around 600 horsepower.
The results were pretty impressive as the Camaro SS Drag Race can manage to do the quarter-mile in 10.685 seconds at 125.73 mph. But the work to make the fastest road-legal Camaro is not stopping here. If you are into competition and stuff, however, what you want is a 2017 COPO Camaro which in its latest iteration features custom Weld racing wheels and a unique “anodized” on the SEMA show car. It also gets adjustable coil-over strut front suspension, drag-race manual four-wheel disc brakes (unassisted), fuel cell and racing harness, and the same choice of supercharged 350 (5.7L), a naturally aspirated 427 (7.0L) engine and an LT-based, direct-injected 376 (6.2L) engines as before.