COPO Camaro gets a new 302 engine

COPO Camaro gets a new 302 engine

COPO Camaro gets a new 302 engine

Chevrolet unveiled two new Camaros ahead of next week's SEMA show - the Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Edition and the mighty and snarling COPO Camaro drag pack - and the world is a better place because of it.

But the biggest news may not just be that the ultra rare COPO will be made even rarer by the additional offering of a Hot Wheels package, no.

Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary logos adorn the fenders in a not so subtle way.

Is the 2SS V-8 Camaro not fast enough for you? The COPO Camaro (short for "Central Office Production Order") has a history, as well - it is available to order as a single part number, paying homage to a special model ordered by an Illinois Chevy dealer back in 1969 with a special engine.

The announcement of the COPO also kicked off the early opening of registration to be chosen in a lottery for the honor of bringing home this rare-edition Camaro. Other highlights include illuminated doorsill plates, special floor mats, and a 50th Anniversary Hot Wheels badge on the steering wheel.

Opt for the supercharged 5.7-liter engine, and the COPO Camaro will be capable of quarter-mile runs in the mid-8-second range with trap speeds nearing 160 miles per hour. The big news here is that, starting in 2018, all COPOs will be offered with the option of a 302 cubic inch engine based on the LT1. All three engines are mated to SFI-approved ATI TH400 three-speed automatics.

Since the COPO Camaro is built to compete in the National Hot Rod Association's Stock Eliminator class, other changes to the vehicle include a full race chassis and suspension, including a solid rear axle in place of the street-oriented Camaro's independent rear.

Of course, there will also be a small-scale version of the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Edition from Mattel, and you can check that out in the video below. All are painted in Crush orange paint and feature a black and orange interior. Well, now you cannot only crawl inside, you can get a auto loan and buy the sucker.

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