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2020 COPO CAMARO REVEALED WITH ONE-OFF JOHN FORCE EDITION

May The John Force Be With You

2020 COPO Camaro
Image via Chevrolet.

As previously teased by Chevrolet, the 2020 COPO Camaro drag-racing muscle car finally debuted this morning on the eve of the 2019 SEMA Show, with something that hasn’t been seen before. For the first time ever, Chevrolet is uniquely celebrating 16-time NHRA champion driver John Force with a one-off race car that will be auctioned at the 2020 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale event in January. Proceeds going to DonorsChoose.org.

The John Force 2020 COPO Camaro is not part of the limited-run of 69 drag racers that Chevrolet will build, so this means for the 2020 year, there will actually be 70 COPO Camaros. Be sure to impress your drag racing friends with this little bit of trivia later.

The 2020 COPO Camaro John Force Edition packs a 350 cubic-inch LSX-based V8 engine fitted to a 2.65L Magnusson supercharger, a track-ready Racer’s package that includes a carbon fiber air inlet, dual batteries, weight box, parachute, and a quick-change coupling for the supercharger (if equipped). The red/black livery speaks for itself, with John Force’s autograph integrated into the dual white racing stripes, while the hood scoop has a gray American flag, because why wouldn’t it? Additionally, the interior is riddled with red accents, and another John Force signature on the dashboard.

Chevrolet says that this special black-and-silver paint scheme will be an available option on the 2020 COPO Camaro.

Along with the special livery, Chevrolet is letting buyers personalize their COPO Camaros like never before, with seven heritage colors from the original 1969 COPO Camaro palette. These include: Hugger Orange, Butternut Yellow, Frost Green Poly, Olympic Gold Poly, Garnet Red, Fathom Green Poly and Azure Turquoise Poly. Standard COPO Camaro colors are otherwise Black, Summit White, Satin Steel Gray and Red.

Finally, the 2020 COPO Camaro engine lineup has been tweaked. Dropped is the 302-cubic inch (5.0L) V8 from the 2019 model year, and in its place is a larger LSX-based, naturally aspirated 427 cubic-inch V8 (7.0L). The other motor is the LSX-based 350 engine with the 2.65L Magnuson supercharger found in the John Force Edition COPO Camaro. The revised engine also features all-new LSX-SC cylinder heads.

Since 2012, Chevrolet has produced 552 COPO Camaros, allocating only 69 units per year that have to be acquired through a lottery system. During that time, five COPO Camaros have crossed the auction block for charity, raising nearly $2 million for a variety of important causes.

Customers can register for a chance to purchase a 2020 COPO Camaro at www.chevrolet.com/performance/copo-camaro.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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