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

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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  1. no way is the camaro is faster on the street model for model. which most people buy it for. and rear end styling is all messed up. visability is very poor.

  2. 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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