In response to the Ford Shelby GT500, Chevrolet created a bigger and badder beast: the Camaro ZL1.
The 2012 ZL1 has a 6.2-liter supercharged and inter-cooled V8 engine rated at 580 horsepower and 550 pounds of torque, 30 horses and 46 pounds more than the GT500. The engine is actually borrowed from the Cadillac sports car, the CTS-V.
Most of the Chevy Camaros were ordered using the Regular Production Option (or RPO) method. This provided a wide variety of performance and styling upgrades, but the Central Office Purchase Order (COPO) is legendary for creating rare, super secret, high performance Camaros.
The COPO system was truly intended for more mundane fleet type of alterations. The most common use of COPO system was to specify fleet paint schemes for municipal vehicles, heavy duty springs and special fabrics for use in taxicabs. It was never intended for creating ultra high performance Chevrolet vehicles, but try telling that to Don Yenko, Baldwin-Motion, and Berger Chevrolet. Read More