The Chevrolet COPO Camaro has the largest V8 in the United States. Are you interested?
Chevrolet recently announced a new version of the COPO Camaro for 2022. It is a factory-built drag racer inspired by dealerships in the late 1960s using the central office production order system (COPO). from Chevy, where the vehicles get their name, to putting giant engines in relatively small cars. This year’s offering is special as it is powered not only by an all-new Big Block V8, but also by the larger V8 engine currently offered by all US automakers as reported. The reader.
The engine in question is a 572 cubic inch (9.4 liter) V8 with a cast iron block and four-bolt main caps mated to ATI Racing Products’ TH400 three-speed automatic transmission. (For reference, the V8 available for the high-performance Camaro ZL1 is only 376 cubic inches, or 6.2 liters.) And oversized engines, the fan base here is decidedly a niche.
This is because the COPO Camaro is not street legal. As Chevy notes, the car is designed to compete in the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Stock and Super Stock eliminators. As such, this monstrous engine, capable of an equally monstrous output, has in fact been “downsized to 430 horsepower to fit a specific NHRA class,” writes The Drive. The car can actually be ordered with two smaller engines that develop more power, a 350 cubic inch V8 that develops 580 horsepower and a 427 cubic inch V8 that delivers 470 horsepower.
In short, this is an exciting development for people interested in hitting the drag strip (and who have six figures to fork out, as they start at $ 105,500 for the 572 Big Block), but not really n anyone else. Camaro fans were hoping that Chevy would give them real power that they could actually drive, or at least something under the beloved Z28 name. But we’re in a period of transition in the auto industry, and it looks like the business is focusing elsewhere.
As we noted last week, Dodge is currently working hard to be the first to market an electric muscle car, so it’s possible that Chevrolet would rather compete in this segment rather than give everyday drivers new fossil fuel options. On the flip side, the word is that the Camaro isn’t long for this world, and while its successor may still be high-performance, it can. not be a muscle car or a drag racer.
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