Chevrolet unveiled two new Camaros ahead of next week’s SEMA show — the Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Edition and the mighty and snarling COPO Camaro drag pack — and the world is a better place because of it.
The Hot Wheels Camaro celebrates 50 years of these two iconic brands. The first Hot Wheels toy car ever made was a Camaro. It came out in 1968 along with 15 other tiny die-cast cars that came to bear the famous flaming-wheeled Mattel logo. Millions of kids pushed them around on shag carpets all across America, saying: “Vroooom, vroom! Crash! Bang! Man, if I could just crawl inside and drive this sucker!” Well, now you can not only crawl inside, you can get a car loan and buy the sucker.
The Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Edition Camaro comes in coupe or convertible form.
The Hot Wheels Camaro is a $4,995 option package on 2LT and 2SS coupe and convertible models. It includes that Crush exterior and stripes that mimic the orange plastic tracks that snaked through living rooms and across kitchens from Duluth to Detroit. The car comes with satin graphite stripes with silver metallic accents, satin graphite ground effects, 20-inch forged aluminum wheels, grille inserts, orange brake calipers, dark tail lamps, Hot Wheels floor mats and a few other flame-colored ephemera. Now granted, five grand for Hot Wheels badges and premium carpets makes no economic sense whatsoever, but who can put a price in reliving a childhood dream?
The COPO Camaro is set up to run in NHRA’s Stock Eliminator classes
The COPO Camaro, however, has a more serious list of hardware. With racing chassis and suspension components, including a unique solid rear axle, it is spec’d out to run in NHRA’s Stock Eliminator classes. It comes with three engine choices. New this year is a 302 race engine based on the LT1 from the 2018 Camaro SS but with drag-ready components. You can also order a 427 (7.0-liter) or a supercharged 350 (5.7-liter) race engine. Chevrolet says the 350 does mid-8-second quarter-mile times with trap speeds of almost 160 mph. All three engines are mated to SFI-approved ATI TH400 three-speed automatics.
To get one of the only 69 COPO Camaros that will be made this year, you have to enter a lottery, which, not coincidentally, opened today. Register at chevrolet.com/performance/copo-registration. You have until the end of November to sign up. If you’re one of the lucky winners, expect to pay anywhere from $110,000 to $200,000 for your race ride, depending on how you spec it out.
If that’s too much coin, you can buy a die-cast Hot Wheels version for a lot less.
Look for these ornery oranges on the Chevy stand at SEMA.