First 2015 COPO Camaro Will Be Auctioned For Charity
The end of the fifth-generation Camaro, soon to be replaced by a redesigned pony, will also mark the termination of the [current COPO model, now in its fourth year as a limited-edition drag racer. Built in only 69 units, the 2015 COPO Camaro is likely sold-out, as demand was so great Chevy had "an independent third-party" randomly select purchasers from the pool of interested buyers. Those who missed the opportunity to buy one, however, will get a second chance on April 18th, 2015, when the first 2015 COPO to leave the assembly line will hit the auction block.
Wearing serial number 001, the muscle car, which was first showcased at the 2014 SEMA Show, will raise money for Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans, a non-profit organization that helps disabled athletes and veterans gain access to marathons to improve their physical abilities. The winning bidder will receive the Camaro in the same livery it was unveiled with at SEMA, including an Abalone White exterior with matte-gray and orange accents, and "15" graphics. This livery is unique and not available for the regular production cars.
Motivating this COPO Camaro is a 350-cubic-inch (5.7-liter) LSX-based racing engine with a Whipple 2.9-liter supercharger on top. The combo is NHRA-rated at 555 horsepower and mates to a three-speed automatic racing transmission, which, according to Chevy, should return mid-eight-second quarter-mile runs. Fitted with an NHRA-approved roll cage, a racing chassis and a bespoke solid rear axle system, the COPO 001 is ready to hit the drag strip.
Continue reading to learn more about the 2015 COPO Camaro.
Why it matters
The COPO Camaro might not be the only factory dragster out there, but it’s definitely more popular than Ford’s discontinued Mustang Cobra Jet and Mopar’s new Dodge Challenger Drag Pak. Being the last model of the current-gen car to hit the auction block, it should fetch in excess of the $700,000 the 2014 COPO brought the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans last year.
On the other hand, it will most likely find home in a collector’s garage, meaning there will be fewer 2015 COPO Camaros on the drag strip for years to come.
The 2015 COPO Camaro is essentially a carry over of last year’s racer. Changes include new "COPO" graphics and minor updates inside and under the hood. The COPO is eligible to compete in the NHRA Stock Eliminator and Super Stock drag racing classes. Pricing starts from around $95,000.
Read more about it in our full review here.