Chevrolet COPO Camaro Gets All-New 302 Racing Engine
- Lucia Summers
50 Anniversary Hot Wheels badges adorn the front fenders, while the regular Hot Wheels emblem sits on the rear blackened decklid panel.
Set to go on sale next year, the special edition is essentially a $4,995 package that will be available on 2LT and 2SS coupe and convertible models.
The styling changes continue in the cabin as designers installed black leather seats with orange inserts and orange contrast stitching. The COPO Camaro has always been equipped with only the toughest components needed to get down the track as quickly as possible, and with no real complaints from owners - the parts that make the COPO Camaro so quick have proven to be perfectly reliable (as race auto parts go). You can also order a 427 (7.0-liter) or a supercharged 350 (5.7-liter) race engine.
As with the previous editions, 2018 COPO Camaro models are designed for NHRA's Stock Eliminator classes.
Of course, if you can't afford one of the real things, Hot Wheels will be selling its own toy version of the 2018 auto. Its displacement derives from a shorter-stroke crankshaft than the production engine that enables exceptional high-rpm capability.
The 2018 COPO Camaro still features a 3-speed ATI automatic transmission, a solid rear axle with track-ready internals, an adjustable racing suspension setup, a lightweight braking system, an extreme weight reduction program and the proper wheel/tire combination for quarter mile mastery.
Since the COPO Camaro is built to compete in the National Hot Rod Association's Stock Eliminator class, other changes to the auto include a full race chassis and suspension, including a solid rear axle in place of the street-oriented Camaro's independent rear.
The Hot Wheels Camaro celebrates 50 years of these two iconic brands. It will get the same exterior appearance changes as the lesser Camaros, but not its interior upgrades. The color seen on the concept vehicle, Supercrush, will also not appear - it will be the same orange Crush color seen on the street-oriented Camaros.