Video: Chevrolet Camaro COPO runs 8.88-second quarter mile

A new 2012 Chevrolet Camaro COPO – a dedicated drag racing car from the factory – has run an incredibly quick 8.88-second pass down the quarter mile. The company has previously said the car will run under nine seconds, and now there’s proof.

This video is apparently the first eight-second pass to be made in the new model. It blistered down the strip in 8.88 seconds at 142mph (229km/h), without any further modifications other than what it came with from the factory.

Chevrolet offers a number of different engine choices for the COPO. There’s a 5.3-litre V8 fitted with a big 4.0-litre Whipple supercharger, as featured in this video, or a 7.0-litre naturally aspirated V8 for the NA enthusiasts. Lastly, there’s another 5.3-litre V8 with a 2.9-litre Whipple supercharger.

All engine packages are matched up to a race-prepared Powerglide two-speed automatic transmission. They all come with a drag racing tyre and wheel setup and a stripped out interior with a roll cage as well. Chevrolet is planning to build just 69 examples.

Click play below to see how it goes.

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Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.