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.