The COPO Chevrolet Camaro Returns
A name from Chevy's past reappears at SEMA.
...[the car] carries a wallop under the hood in the form of either an LS7 or LS9 performance engine package from the General Motors Performance Parts catalog.
"The COPO Camaro is a proof of concept," said Jim Campbell, vice president of GM's Performance Vehicles and Motorsports group. "It is a clear indication that Chevrolet intends to homologate the Camaro for sportsman drag racing."
For reference, the LS7 is the 7.0-liter 505-horsepower V8 used in the current Corvette Z06. The LS9 is the supercharged, 6.2-liter 638-horsepower V8 found in the current Corvette ZR1. The Times continues:
Ford Mustangs and Dodge Challengers, with factory support, already play in the sportsman leagues; the Camaro’s absence has been a shortcoming that Chevrolet has privately pledged to correct. The COPO concept shown here was a first step in the process of providing an actual car for sportsman racing. Like the drag-strip-special Mustangs and Challengers, the Camaro will be a track-only vehicle and cannot be legally registered for street use.
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