2018 COPO Camaro Debuts With All-New Small Block V8 Engine

The Chevrolet Camaro news continues as General Motors has taken the wraps off the 2018 COPO Camaro.

Set to be shown at SEMA later this month, the updated model can be equipped with an all-new 302 Gen V Small Block engine. Chevrolet declined to release performance specifications but said the engine is based on the 6.2-liter LT1 V8 that resides in the road-going Camaro SS.

Despite the similarities, the engine has been built specifically for drag racing and it features unique components including a shorter-stroke crankshaft that allows for “exceptional high-rpm capability.”

Customers can also choose to equip their COPO Camaro with either a naturally aspirated 7.0-liter V8 or a supercharged 5.7-liter V8 that allows the car to run the quarter-mile in the mid-8-second range. Regardless of which engine is selected, all are paired to a SFI-approved three-speed automatic transmission.

Besides the new engine, the 2018 COPO Camaro has an exclusive Supercrush paint job. Customers can also order a Hot Wheels appearance package that makes the car look like the special edition that was unveiled earlier today.

Chevrolet will build 69 COPOs for 2018 and potential customers can apply to purchase on using a dedicated website.

Photo Gallery

  • LWOAP

    Always did like factory drag cars. Now we have to wait for Ford’s facelifted Mustang Cobra Jet.

  • SteersUright

    Could care less about these dragsters, but these engines…now that I’d like to hear more about. Especially any that “allows for “exceptional high-rpm capability.””!!!

  • smartacus

    will it be a flat-crank?
    not holding my breath,
    but would be nice

  • psiqtas

    WOW after all those years GM finally discovers they can adopt DRL on hi-beams again than that unpractical low-beams they practicing before…

Manual Gearbox F430 Is What Ferrari Dreams Are Made Of

Gordon Ramsay used to own this F430, and now it can be yours as it’s coming up for auction.

Hot Rods And Electric Motors Are A Match Made In Heaven

Although huge V8s used to be synonymous with the genre, the times, they are a changin.

Here’s What It’s Like To Own The Nissan Leaf For A Year

The long-term test reveals the ups and downs of actual Leaf ownership.

Next-Gen Kia Optima To Have A Progressive Design With A Strong Identity

The upcoming Optima probably will be more conservative than the new Hyundai Sonata.

Porsche Cayenne Coupe: Should You Cancel That Bimmer X6?

Was the Cayenne Coupe worth the wait? Yes, it was – and then some .

Check Out The Fun Exterior Colors Of The Hyundai Venue

Sales of the Hyundai Venue in the United States will commence later this year.

Can The Audi Q8 Make A Statement Among Other SUV Coupes?

If comfort is what tickles your fancy, then the Q8 is apparently the one to go for.

All-New Opel Corsa Gets Dressed In GSi Suit, Tries On An OPC Tux, Too

Apart from the usual versions, the brand new Corsa will also come in warm and hot hatch guise as well.

The Airbus Alpha Two Is The Company’s Flying Taxi Future

The Airbus Alpha Two has completed a number of test flights and hit 170 km/h.

Audi Considering An All-Electric A8, Decision Still Pending

What’s next? Electric BMW 7-Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class? Quite possibly, yes.