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August 9, 2022
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This Chevy Camaro's Engine Is So Big, It's Illegal
Electric vehicles are on course to become the norm in the next few decades, but old-school muscle car enthusiasts shouldn't worry too much, as gas-powered behemoths are still rolling off the production line and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. In fact, Chevrolet has released a car with an engine so big you're not allowed to take it on the road.
In the everyday world, a 6.5-liter engine is quite large, but Chevrolet has decided to cram a naturally aspirated 9.4-liter V8 in the front of its 2022 COPO Camaro — something closer to what you'd find pulling a semi-truck. It is the largest engine you'll see powering a production passenger vehicle; however, size doesn't necessarily translate to performance.
The COPO Camaro's 9.4-liter engine only produces around 430 horsepower, so if you're looking for raw grunt, the slightly smaller 5.7-liter COPO Camaro will give you an additional 130 horsepower, due to efficiency and the supercharger the 5.7-liter engine has attached to it. Additionally, the smaller engine is fitted to Chevy's small block platform.
The 9.4-liter COPO Camaro would be a talking point in any garage, but that talk wouldn’t come cheap; you should expect to pay at least $105,000 for the monster car (via Chevrolet). But the big-engined beast may be the least practical car you could spend six figures on for one primary reason: you can't take the 9.4-liter COPO Camaro on the road.
Motor Illustrated explains that the 9.4-liter version was not designed for the street and doesn't have a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). It can't be registered, insured like a regular car, or driven on public roads without the police arriving and charging the person driving with a litany of offenses. You may question why Chevy would build it: because it can.