Here’s America’s Biggest V8 Engine Powering the Chevy COPO Camaro

Bigger is better, or so the saying goes. In the context of our environmentally friendly and climate conscious society, Chevrolet have decided to test the validity of this motto, creating the largest American V8 to date.

Most would agree that the V8 engine, despite the displacement, is a very large engine. As one of the heavy hitters in the V8 manufacturing game, Chevrolet has decided that there is still room for growth in their big-block V8 and will deliver what they want: an even bigger all-American big-block V8.

Taking things even further, Chevy has revived the famous COPO Camaro name, calling on the illustrious history of the ’69 COPO Camaro to hint at the emergence of a truly powerful performance beast. The mere mention of the COPO title for this new Camaro shows that Chevrolet will surely make history again in the history books.

Updated September 2022: The 9.4-Liter Big-Block V8 is the ugliest machine made in America, and can’t be slapped into a street-legal layout, even if you wanted to. We tell you why and more with the latest update of this article.

So what are you waiting for, come and fantasize about this new Chevrolet COPO Camaro, admiring its giant big-block V8.

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Historical Heritage COPO Camaro

Before we dive into the ins and outs of the new COPO Camaro, it’s important to take a look back at the famous ’69 COPO Camaro to truly understand the importance of the COPO label.

The COPO label actually stands for Central Office Production Order, which is a mail-order system where Chevrolet branches can order special GM vehicles to suit their customers’ tastes and styles. This all came to prominence through performance-spirited Chevy employee Fred Gibb, who ordered a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro with the famous and absolutely gigantic 427 cubic-inch V8, developed for Can-Am Racing.

This 7.0-Liter V8 is humbly rated at 435 HP, but is reportedly capable of over 500 HP. Moreover, the machine itself is built in an “operating clean” room, perhaps even hermetically sealed, making the construction process truly precise and ahead of its time.

The Nissan team will continue to build their legendary GTR engine in the same space, just 50 years later. In terms of the Camaro itself, the car is equipped with all-around disc brakes and a GM “Posi” limited-slip differential, which allows the driver to manage all the raw power on the road. Interestingly enough, this two-door, rear-wheel drive, 500 HP performance is legal on the highway, despite the 3.8 seconds 0-60 MPH time.

To make sense of the numbers, consider that a modern Audi R8 V10 or Aston Martin DBS has similar specs to these ’60s muscle cars.

Big Machines Allow for ‘Excessive’ Enjoyment

Advance to the latest big-block V8 in Chevy’s lineup, while the information available may not be exhaustive, the information we have makes it very impressive.

So what do we know?

First, at 9.4 Liters, this is the biggest and worst big block V8 ever produced in America. More specifically, the cast iron block features an aluminum head, a forged steel crankshaft and connecting rod, and an aluminum piston so it can handle insane power.

Enough with the waffles. How much HP does it produce?

Well, Chevy hasn’t directly provided that information but the NHRA rates it at 436 HP, making it the weakest of the three engine options for the 2022 COPO Camaro. While that sounds pretty disappointing, to say the least, it’s possible that the NHRA is being conservative in its ratings and that the actual numbers are much lower. tall.

However, it is important to note that the torque figures will be quite extraordinary due to the large working volume, which in turn will provide a great launch. Furthermore, Chevrolet also sells another 572 cubic-inch crate engine with HP figures ranging from 600 to nearly 700, meaning there’s still room for tuners to maximize the power potential of this beastly engine.

The other two engine options for the COPO Camaro are a supercharged 5.7 Liter small-block V8 and a naturally aspirated 6.8 liter small-block V8 that produces 580 HP and 470 HP, respectively. Regardless of engine choice, the only transmission option available is the ATI TH400 3-speed automatic.


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Housing For This Big Machine

Chevrolet has revived the famed COPO Camaro name to create a modern performance monster that honors the legacy of American muscle cars of the ’60s, while leveraging modern technology to maximize performance. This modern COPO Camaro isn’t road legal, unfortunate but not surprising, but it’s ready to be made for the drag strip.

Hosting features such as wheelie bars, Hoosier drag racing tires and carbon fiber hoods as well as additional features such as weights and trunk-mounted parachutes, these cars are built specifically for drag racing and can be driven in the NHRA Stock and Stock Super Categories.

Estimates say that the 9.4-Liter COPO Camaro’s big-block mill will run 8-second quarter-miles, which isn’t unheard of considering that previously COPO Camaros have been recorded to run 8 in mill form.

For the purchase of one of these monsters, fortunately Chevrolet did not limit the number of production as in the previous iteration. Prices for the three engine configurations are $105,500 for the 9.4-liter V8, $117,500 for the naturally aspirated 6.8-liter V8, and $130,000 for the supercharged 5.7-liter V8.

There will be various additional options for performance and customizability, so the price will definitely be higher depending on the needs of the driver.

9.4 Liter “Bad” Block Is Illegal For Street Use

Well, that shouldn’t be a surprise. The engine giant in the COPO Camaro doesn’t have a VIN number. Therefore, it cannot be registered or insured for road use.

Source: Chevrolet

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