Chevrolet has unveiled the 2018 COPO Camaro, as it does every year. But this year the reveal ceremony was done a little differently. The new COPO Camaro has made its first appearance alongside the 2018 Camaro Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Edition at Hot Wheels headquarters in El Segundo, California. Both will also be displayed at SEMA. The 2018 COPO Camaro is, of course, the factory-built drag racer that’s now powered by an all-new, high-revving 302 small block V8, which is based on the LT1 offered in the Camaro SS.
It’s been customized specifically for drag racing thanks to a shorter-stroke crankshaft and other unique components. COPO Camaro buyers can also opt for a naturally aspirated 427 7.0-liter V8 or a supercharged 5.7-liter racing engine that allows for a mid-8 second quarter-mile time of around 160 mph. Regardless of engine choice, all COPO Camaros are paired to a drag racing-specific three-speed automatic transmission. They are also fitted with a racing chassis and suspension components, including a solid rear axle. As for the Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Edition, it’s a $4,995 option package available on the Camaro 2LT and 2SS coupe and convertible.
Obviously, the new exterior trim is intended to look like a Hot Wheels toy car with Crush paint and black stripes.
Other package details include Satin Graphite stripes with Silver Ice Metallic accents, Satin Graphite ground effects, 20-inch forged aluminum wheels wrapped in summer rubber, orange brake calipers, a unique grille with chrome inserts, dark tail lamps, Jet Black leather interior with orange inserts and accent stitching, and embossed front-seat headrests. As expected, there are a ton of 50th Anniversary Hot Wheels badges plastered throughout the exterior and interior alike, such as on the tail lamp panel, steering wheel and floor mats. Sales for the Hot Wheel Camaro will begin early next year, but no price or launch date has been announced yet for the 2018 COPO Camaro.