If you read both of our pieces on Chevrolet's SEMA lineup, you'll note we mentioned a revised COPO Camaro, but didn't say anything beyond that. Quite simply, we didn't have all the facts then. Now we do – this is the 2014 COPO Camaro, and it is ready dominate drag strips.

Following tradition, only 69 2014 COPO Camaros will be built, each of which will be eligible for the NHRA's Stock Eliminator and Super Stock classes. These monsters are available with the customer's choice of a naturally aspirated, 427-cubic-inch (7.0-liter) V8 or a 350-cubic-inch (5.7-liter) V8, sporting a 2.9-liter, screw-type Whipple supercharger. Mhmm, supercharger whine. For those on more of a budget, naturally aspirated versions of the 350 and a 396-cubic-inch (6.5-liter) V8 are also available.

Race seats, a new wheel design and graphics package round out the updated COPO offerings. Each car comes standard with a suite of NHRA-approved safety items, including a roll cage. Other tweaks include a solid-rear axle in place of the standard independent rear suspension, and of course, those massive rear tires.

"The COPO Camaro contingent was strong at the first Chevrolet Performance US Nationals in 2013 and we expect an even larger turnout with the new cars in 2014," said Jim Campbell, General Motors vice president of performance vehicles and motorsports. "The new engines will make the racing more exciting and COPO drivers more competitive," he said.

Chevy also announced that it would expand its offerings of crate engines, with five mill available in 2014. The aforementioned 427 is joined by two, 327-cubic-inch (5.4-liter) engines that use either a 2.9-liter or a 4.0-liter Whipple supercharger. The naturally aspirated 396 and 350 are also available as standalone items. Have a look below for the entire press release from Chevrolet.
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2014 COPO Camaro Program Announced
Third year for limited production factory-produced race cars

LAS VEGAS – Chevrolet Performance's COPO Camaro program returns for 2014 with another limited run of factory-produced race cars and a pair of new racing engine choices. To purchase one of the exclusive models, potential customers must sign up for the COPO Camaro mailing list at chevroletperformance.com.

It is the third year for the COPO Camaro program and like the previous two, only 69 race cars will be built for NHRA Stock Eliminator and Super Stock competition. They will carry the distinctive, updated styling of the 2014 Camaro lineup, including new front and rear fascias.

Serial number 1 of the limited-production run – the only one to be painted Ice Blue Metallic – will be auctioned by Chevrolet Performance at Barrett-Jackson's annual January event in Scottsdale, Ariz. Proceeds benefit the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans, an organization dedicated to helping wounded veterans participate in marathons and share their success within a supportive community and their families.

"The COPO is helping sportsman racers around the country put the Chevrolet bowtie in the winner's circle and the 2014 cars will be even more competitive with the new engines," said Jim Campbell, GM U.S. vice president of performance vehicles and motorsports. "But the only way to get one of the new race cars is get your name on the COPO mailing list at chevroletperformance.com."

Each COPO Camaro race car is built by hand starting with hardware from the General Motors Oshawa, Ontario assembly plant that manufactures regular-production Camaros, including the same body in white body shells (part number 19243374) racers can purchase from Chevrolet Performance, along with other COPO-specific parts, to build their own dedicated race car. Each production car is fitted with an NHRA-approved roll cage and other safety equipment, along with racing chassis and suspension components – including a unique solid rear axle system in place of a regular-production Camaro's independent rear axle.

The newly designed racing engines include a revised version of the naturally aspirated 427 engine and supercharged version of the 350 engine introduced in 2013. It will feature a 2.9L Whipple screw-type supercharger. Naturally aspirated 350 and 396 engines are also available. Customers select the engine based on their intended NHRA racing class. They can also purchase all four engines, each serialized to match the car.

The 2014 COPO Camaro also includes new racing seats, updated graphics and a new, available wheel design.

"The COPO Camaro contingent was strong at the first Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals in 2013 and we expect an even larger turnout with the new cars in 2014," said Campbell. "The new engines will make the racing more exciting and COPO drivers more competitive."

Expanded COPO crate engine lineup
The same high-performance engines used in the COPO Camaro production race cars are available as crate engines for racers building their own Camaro race cars. Each is engineered for NHRA's Stock Eliminator and Super Stock classes, offering sportsman racers a range of factory-developed-and-assembled racing engines.

The COPO crate engine family grows to five for 2014 and includes a naturally aspirated 427 7.0L engine, two 5.3L supercharged 327 engines – a new combination using a Whipple twin-screw 2.9L supercharger and the other using a 4.0L Whipple supercharger – and all-new 396-cubic-inch and 350-cubic-inch naturally aspirated engines. Each is assembled by hand at GM's Wixom, Mich., racing engine shop.

The 427, 396 and 350 engines are designed to cover NHRA's Stock Eliminator classes from E to AA. Curb weight adjustments are the primary requirement for class qualification.

Chevrolet Performance engineers designed and tested the engines with the same methods used to develop production engines, ensuring their performance and durability. A Holley engine management system is included with each engine.

Chevrolet Performance's "COPO Camaro Build Book" (part number 88958767) provides an insider's look at the assembly of the production race cars through hundreds of color photos. Additionally, the book includes detailed specifications for NHRA classification and descriptions of the aftermarket parts and their manufacturers used for the production vehicles. Important start-up, warm-up and pre-/post-race procedures are also included as well as fluid and maintenance recommendations. The book is available from Chevrolet Performance retailers.

Racing enthusiasts interested in more information on the COPO program can follow the latest COPO information at theblock.com – the online automotive community powered by Chevrolet Performance.


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      The Wasp
      • 1 Year Ago
      Does anyone know why they wouldn't offer a 6.2L engine option?
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      rboote
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seems strange to me that someone would fork out the large amount of cash for one of these and not go with the largest motor possible.
      Hal Jordan
      • 1 Year Ago
      So it can go super fast in a straight line? Yay, just like every other Camaro.
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        Chris
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hal Jordan
        It's a drag car. That's what they're designed for. Do you not understand the concept of drag racing? There's no rule stating that every performance car has to be made to go around the Nurburging as there are many different kinds of racing. Deal with it. If it's not your thing then fine. Go read about something else, seriously.
      groingo
      • 1 Year Ago
      With all GM's resources and design teams you'd think they could come up with a new hood design.
        ngiotta
        • 1 Year Ago
        @groingo
        It's probably a necessity when running a 4.0L blower. I know on GT500's, 2.8L is the largest you can go with the stock hood (slightly larger if you install drop motor mounts). I think the slightly larger Super Snake hood can accommodate a 4.0L but there's likely different deck heights involved here.
          Wyrmdog
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ngiotta
          That's still one impressive schnoz.
      bonehead
      • 1 Year Ago
      Go that way, really fast! If something gets in your way....nevermind just go fast
      LoneWolf
      • 1 Year Ago
      Where's the press release? I can't see it, doesn't work in Chrome either. Nice to see 350ci and 396ci crate engines :)
      Bill Burke
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm wondering if a drag race version of the Dodge Challenger soon to be released supercharged "Hellcat" Hemi engine will be in the next Drag Pak package. Ford and Chevy both have supercharged versions of their engines for drag racing and if Dodge is to keep it's traditional dominance over these two competitors in place, then a supercharge Drag Pak option must be in the works. These COPO cars are rare sights at the track and it's good to see more in production. I've also noticed a very noticable drop in Challenger Drag Pak entries at major NHRA events in the last few months and I'm wondering why. Lets get those Challengers to the racers.
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      dvettecrzy
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'll stick to a 11 sec. Vette I can drive to and from the track!
      Peder G Olsen
      • 10 Months Ago
      I would like to sign up for a 2014 Copo Camaro... But not even Chevrolet customer support could find where to do that!! Anyone that can help me where to find the e-mail list or who to contact?
      Mr. Golf
      • 1 Year Ago
      And with a top speed limit just about everywhere of 70 mph all that power is wasted unless you do take it to a track. I'll stick with my 6 cylinder Mustang with 305 horsepower.
      SCUL8RSB
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why even consider a mustang. Chevy owns that segment.
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