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Or Is It A COPO Something Else?

2021 2022 Chevrolet Performance COPO Camaro Corvette Silverado

Earlier this week, Chevrolet Performance teased that “something big” would be revealed on Friday, July 30. We first speculated that Chevy would debut a new performance crate engine, possibly based on the 6.6L L8T V8. But it’s become clear with today’s teaser that what’s coming tomorrow is indeed bigger than that. With the simple COPO letters displayed, and the chopping sounds of a lobed camshaft, we’re likely about to see the next installment of the Chevrolet COPO Camaro series. Or, will it be a new variant of a COPO drag car?

Chevrolet COPO Camaro: Back To Normal?

During the 2019 SEMA Show, Chevrolet Performance debuted the 2020 COPO Camaro, highlighted by the one-off John Force Edition. As with years prior, only 69 COPO Camaro drag cars would be built through 2020, with would-be customers earning their spot in line via a lottery system. Then COVID happened. As a result, customers withdrew their orders, and Chevrolet actually dropped the lottery system in favor of a standard build-to-order process, where customers just had to request one through participating dealers, fill out the build sheet, and pony up the $117,500+ needed for the right to own one, before options. A 2021 COPO Camaro was not announced during SEMA360.

With the Chevrolet Camaro muscle car expected to sunset by the 2024 model year, possibly replaced by an electric performance sedan to compete with the upcoming 2024 Dodge Charger EV, it’s encouraging to see Chevy Performance sticking with the COPO Camaro program, which will likely be on display in person at the 2021 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. At the moment, the show is still scheduled to take place between November 2-5.

Traditionally, Chevrolet Performance debuted each new COPO Camaro at the SEMA Show since 2012. This earlier reveal could perhaps mean a short-lived 2021 model year build, with 2022 COPO builds coming next year. But it’s unclear at this time.

2020 COPO Camaro John Force Edition
Image copyright Manoli Katakis, Muscle Cars & Trucks.

Possible New COPO Variant

All that being said, Chevrolet could still throw us a curve ball. While the COPO name has long been synonymous with the Chevrolet Camaro, GM’s intent to encrypt the ECUs of future products, starting with the C8 Corvette, along with the Cadillac CT4 and CT5, means that there’s little hope at the moment for customers to have a tunable, reliable build that isn’t constantly breaking all the time between YouTube videos. What we’re saying is that there could be an opportunity for Chevrolet Performance to meet the needs of tuning and racing enthusiasts in the middle, and offer up a turn-key solution in the form of a COPO Corvette, or COPO Silverado, on top of a COPO Camaro.

Stay tuned tomorrow to find out all the details of Chevy’s latest COPO drag racing product.

2020 COPO Camaro John Force Edition
Image via Chevrolet

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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