COPO Camaro Aside, Of Course

2020 Chevrolet Camaro

The 2020 Chevrolet Camaro configurator is up, and there you can build and price the latest offerings in colors, trim levels, options and accessories for the muscle car. The big news for 2020 comes with the fascia update on the 2020 Camaro SS, which colorizes the blackened crossbar from the 2019 model year and moves the bowtie badge upward into the grille. Additionally, the newly announced Camaro LT1 model gives customers access to the coveted 6.2L V8 engine at a far more agreeable price point than the Camaro SS, which is $34,995 with destination. That’s bare-bones, no options checked, no special paint, or even all-weather floor mats. That undercuts both the Dodge Challenger R/T with the 5.7L Hemi as well as the Ford Mustang GT, while also delivering more horsepower and torque than its crosstown rivals at that price point.

On the very top end, however, we configured a 2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE to the brim, and it came in at $79,130 with destination and gas guzzler tax included.

The price change between a fully optioned ZL1 with a 1LE-Spec rear wing (a $5,500 option!) and the proper ZL1 1LE Camaro with as many options as it can get is just $25. However, where the ZL1 1LE package gains in Multimatic DSSV dampers, it  forgoes a sunroof, and none of the car covers offered will fit. Major interior options include a $500 carbon fiber dash, while the Performance Data Recorder is now a la carte for $1,300. Meanwhile, three exterior paint colors – Shock, Crush (pictured), and Garnet Red Tintcoat – are $395 extra. Accessories are completely counted separately, and the configurator allows customers to be as redundant as they want with them. You want three different jumper cables and three different tool sets? Go for it.

Nearly $80,000 is nothing to sneeze at. But for a world beater of a performance car that the Camaro is, the car is still a relative performance bargain. Recently, a Camaro ZL1 1LE outran a Ferrari 488 during the 2019 Car & Driver Lightning Lap, for example. And, sure, the C8 Corvette has essentially eclipsed the Camaro in the news cycle, but with 650 supercharged horses wrapped in a chassis that seems to put the power down more effectively than its rivals, the Chevy pony car isn’t old news just yet.

Of course, the configurator doesn’t allow for customers to build up a 2020 COPO Camaro, which in all reality will be far more expensive than any off-the-shelf 2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE. But since there will only be 69 of these drag racers built, since they’re not street legal, and since customers will have to first be chosen via a lottery system, it’s all a bit beyond the point.

Notably, the 2020 Camaro Shock And Steel Special Edition, as well as the 2020 Camaro Redline Edition, were not yet available on the configurator. Expect an announcement on these vehicles to come soon, possibly during the 2019 SEMA show.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Detroit Region SCCA Member and founder of MC&T. Automotive Media Jedi Knight. Not yet the rank of Master.


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  1. The Camaro ZL1 is better-performing than the Mustang. In every online review, the Camaro SS is hands-down the best-handling of any pony car or muscle car, and the 1LE racing package makes it even better. “Visibility” is a non-issue thrown out there by Mustang fans who have nothing else to argue about; it it not an issue once you actually own one.

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