Chevy & Ford intro 2016 COPO Camaro and Cobra Jet

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Chevy and Ford introduce 2016 COPO Camaro and Cobra Jet Mustang




Let the trash talk begin

Ford and Chevrolet both introduced drag cars at the annual SEMA show in Las Vegas this week. The first 2016 COPO Camaro goes to the Barrett-Jackson auction in January while Cobra Jet Mustang deliveries start in the first quarter of 2016.

Chevy is doing 69 COPO Camaros, the engineering of which was helped along by Funny Car driver Courtney Force. Like the previous version, it’s designed for NHRA’s Stock and Super Stock Eliminator classes.

“I was extremely honored to work with Chevrolet and help design the 2016 COPO Camaro we unveiled today at the SEMA show,” said Courtney Force. “The bright red color and the signature slash marks towards the back on the car bring a part of my Traxxas Chevrolet Camaro Funny Car to the COPO Camaro, which I think is really cool. The proceeds from this car go to a great cause and benefit the United Way Foundation, so it’s an awesome project all around.”

Buyers can select from several supercharged and naturally-aspirated engines including a supercharged 350, a 427 and a new LT-based 376-ci, all V8s. All three are connected to a race-prepped Turbo 400 three-speed trans.

Chevy says the new COPO benefits from the advancements of the gen-six Camaro. Body-in-white mass is reduced 133 pounds while structural rigidity goes up 28 percent. It also has better aero than the last car, Chevy says.

Wheelie bars, a parachute, Goodyear racing tires and Weld lightweight racing wheels are also included in the package.

The rest of the chassis and suspension components include:

-Lightweight, adjustable strut-type front suspension

-Four-link rear suspension with adjustable coil-overs, Panhard bar and stabilizer bar

-Rear axle with an aluminum center section featuring a spool-type differential and 40-spline gun-drilled axle shafts

-Lightweight, racing-type four-wheel disc brakes (un-assisted)

-Un-assisted rack-and-pinion steering system

-Fuel cell with built-in high-pressure fuel pump

-Unique racing wire harness.

Interested buyers can register at www.chevrolet.com/performance/copo-camaro . A third party will randomly select the 69 lucky owners in February. Pricing will be announced soon.


The Camaro Black concept is built off the SS and gets a mosaic black metallic coat of paint, black hood vents, a black-outlined SS badge, black wheels and bowtie and a few other bits.

“It is a very popular thing customers do with the fifth-generation Camaro and we wanted to be the first to show how it looks with the new Gen 6,” said Adam Barry, senior creative designer, Chevrolet Camaro. “I’ll tell you -- it looks pretty sinister.”

Electroluminescent paint has officially arrived...at SEMA, of course

Chevrolet went wild at the annual SEMA show in Las Vegas this week. In addition to the drop down parts for the Corvette and the Colorado Trail Boss concept, the company also brought a boatload of Gen 6 customized Camaros. If the company had its way, you’d get all your performance and appearance parts from The General, which are engineered and backed by Chevy, as opposed to the thousands of aftermarket companies displaying their wares here at the convention center.


The coolest in our eyes was the Camaro Krypton concept. The Krypton features electroluminescent paint that, with the flip of a switch, glows bright enough to show hundreds of little Bowtie emblems on the doors. The hue, Krypton Green, was custom developed for this Camaro.


The Camaro Black concept is built off the SS and gets a mosaic black metallic coat of paint, black hood vents, a black-outlined SS badge, black wheels and bowtie and a few other bits.

“It is a very popular thing customers do with the fifth-generation Camaro and we wanted to be the first to show how it looks with the new Gen 6,” said Adam Barry, senior creative designer, Chevrolet Camaro. “I’ll tell you -- it looks pretty sinister.”

The Camaro Black concept is built off the SS and gets a mosaic black metallic coat of paint, black hood vents, a black-outlined SS badge, black wheels and bowtie and a few other bits.

“It is a very popular thing customers do with the fifth-generation Camaro and we wanted to be the first to show how it looks with the new Gen 6,” said Adam Barry, senior creative designer, Chevrolet Camaro. “I’ll tell you -- it looks pretty sinister.”


Finally, there's the Camaro Hyper concept, named for its hyper blue paint job. It gets white rally stripes, Camaro fender badges and the RS spoiler. Additionally, Chevy notes, buyers can add a front fascia extension painted body color, LT upper and lower grilles with silver ice metallic inserts, blue engine cover, black illuminated front bowtie emblem, ceramic white interior knee pads, black interior spectrum door trim lighting, Camaro-logo embroidered armrest cover, Camaro-badge floor mats, suspension lowering kit and a performance exhaust.

Like the Corvette, Chevy has a bunch of new performance parts for the Gen 6 Camaro including different spoilers, ground effects, performance exhaust and brakes, suspension kits and more. Check out www.chevrolet.com/performance for more details.



This 2014 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet was sold at Barrett-Jackson.
Photo by Ford

A 2014 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet Prototype sold for $200,000 at the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas sale. Proceeds from the charity sale will benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. That price is more than $100,000 over sticker for the Cobra Jet, which usually retails for $97,990.

The 2014 Ford Cobra Jet gets the company's 5.0-liter V8 with a 2.9-liter Whipple supercharger and heads ported with a CNC mill. It has a lightened body is optimized for weight distribution, electric power steering, rollcage, Recaro FIA race seats and a Ford Racing suspension prepped for NHRA Stock or Super Stock. Ford will only build 50 examples.

The anonymous bidder is now an honorary member of Team Mustang, according to Ford, which includes all-access passes to the Ford Product Development Center, Ford Studios and Ford Racing. The winner is also entitled to training at Roy Hill's Drag Racing School in North Carolina; their experience there will be captured for a use in a future Mustang book and documentary and a video of the vehicle build and testing.

“We cannot be more grateful to the entire team at Ford Motor Company for their tireless work for our cause,” said Elana Sullivan, president of the Michigan Chapter of the National MS Society. “Because of the incredible outcome of this auction, we will be able to move even closer to creating a world free of MS.”

This particular Cobra Jet is covered in fiery orange satin and carries a unique serial number of #2014 BJMS CJXX1. It also gets a National Multiple Sclerosis Society logo.





The Cobra Jet Mustang--deliveries expected in the first quarter of 2016--starts at $99,990. The graphics and wheelie bar cost about $2,000 each.

The Cobra Jet gets a 50-car run and shares 75 percent of its parts with the Mustang GT, Ford says. Like the Camaro, it’s set for NHRA Stock and Super Stock competition.

“It was important to use production hardware wherever possible to ensure parts are readily available and reasonably priced for racers,” said Jesse Kershaw, Ford Performance manager for drag racing parts and competition. “The production parts are also incredibly durable in passing our rigorous dyno and drag strip testing.”

The Cobra gets drag-race coilovers and springs, lightweight racing brakes by Strange Engineering, 8.50-certified (elapsed time) roll cage, Aeromotive fuel system with a trunk-mounted fuel cell, FIA seats, a five-point race harness and a race-prepped automatic transmission.

So take your pick, Ford or Chevy. Next year both companies have some new hardware on the strip and both are better and faster than the previous versions. Now if both companies would let us test them, preferably against each other, we’d really be in business. Guys?


Autoweek: November 6, 2015
Last Edit: 3 years 7 months ago by JP.

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