Chevrolet COPO Camaro returns to drag races with 9.4-liter V8

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The Central Office Production Order (COPO) Camaro returns to the drag strip with a new big block 9.4-liter V8.

The new car channels the spirit of the original 1969 COPO Camaro, a purpose-built drag racer created by dealers using the Central Office Production Order system, kind of like Chevrolet's bespoke division, to equip cars with Chevrolet’s largest V8.

The COPO Camaro uses a cast-iron block with four-bolt main caps, aluminum heads, a forged steel crankshaft, forged steel connecting rods and forged aluminum pistons.

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While Chevrolet has yet to reveal specific numbers, the drag car's hp figure could be higher than the other engine options: a smaller supercharged V8 rated at 580 horsepower, and a naturally aspirated V8 with 470hp. All COPO Camaros use an ATI Racing Products TH400 three-speed automatic transmission, Chevrolet said. 

Engineered for drag racers, the COPO Camaro is sold as a Chevrolet Performance part and cannot be registered for street use. It competes in the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Stock and Super Stock eliminators, and comes standard with a carbon fiber hood and wheelie bars.

Buyers can customize their cars with options such as a trunk-mounted weight box and parachute.

Chevrolet has built fewer than 700 examples of the COPO Camaro since COPO started in 2012. In past years, interested customers have entered a lottery to win an allotment for one of 69 cars.

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For 2022, Chevrolet said it will not limit production for this special Camaro, and orders will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Buyers may also participate in a private tour of the COPO Build Facility in Oxford, Michigan, where each car is custom made. 

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