One of the biggest debuts at the 2013 SEMA Show was that of the 2014 Chevrolet COPO Camaro. As has been the case in the previous two years, the 2014 COPO Camaro is a limited edition model intended strictly for racing purposes, but like the street driven 2014 Camaro coupes, the 2014 COPO receives the angrier looking front end and the revised rear end to help differentiate it from the rest of the 5th generation Camaro crowd. In addition to the new nose and tail, the 2014 COPO Camaro features a graphics package that is unique to the 2014 model year and a set of specially designed Weld racing wheels that prominently sport the COPO logo. Also, the 2014 COPO Camaro that debuted at SEMA receives a unique Ice Blue Metallic paint scheme that will only be featured on that particular Camaro and if you want to buy it, you had better have some deep pockets and time to spend bidding at the charity auction where 2014 COPO #1 will be sold.
The 2014 COPO Camaro looks different from the 69 race ready Camaros sold in 2012 and 2013 but the bigger news is what is under the hood. The 327 cubic inch engine that powered the 2012 COPO Camaro has been replaced by a new 350 cubic inch engine and unlike 2013 – when the 350 was only available in naturally aspirated form – the 2014 COPO Camaro now comes with a supercharged 350 V8 topped by a 2.9L Whipple supercharger. We would expect that the 2014 COPO equipped with the new blown 350 models will prove to be the quickest of the 2014 models.
In addition to the NA or blown 350, 2014 COPO buyers can also opt for a naturally aspirated 396 cubic inch engine or a naturally aspirated 427ci V8. Those 2014 COPO Camaro buyers who want the most collectable package possible can order a special package with all four of those engines with matching serial numbers to that on the car. The old 327 cubic inch engines with the 2.9L or 4.0L are still available through the GM crate engine program but those motors are not applicable for NHRA Super Stock racing in the newer models.
GM will only build 69 examples of the 2014 COPO Camaro and with a price over $100k, these cars wont be easy to get and if you can get your hands on one – they certainly won’t come cheap. Fortunately, GM also offers their COPO build book that walks hopeful owners through the process of building their own unofficial COPO race car beginning with a body in white or by building up a street legal Camaro.