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The COPO Camaro Returns With Its Biggest V8 Ever

2022 Chevrolet COPO Camaro 572 Big Block V8
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It’s here. And indeed, it’s big. Chevrolet has brought back the COPO Camaro for 2022 with a newly available 572-cubic-inch Big Block V8 engine. To put it another way, that’s a 9.3L V8, and is the biggest V8 engine ever offered in a Camaro, and the biggest V8 offered from Chevrolet Performance for the COPO. The 572 V8 is purpose built for drag racing, and is a welcome addition to the COPO Camaro engine family.

Horsepower numbers for the 572 Big Block V8 are not yet rated by the NHRA, so we’ll be sure to follow up on these details soon.

The 2022 Chevrolet Camaro COPO 572 uses a cast-iron block with four-bolt main caps, aluminum heads, a forged steel crankshaft, forged steel connecting rods and forged aluminum pistons. The 2022 COPO Camaro is also available with a supercharged 350 cubic-inch V-8 rated by the NHRA at 580 horsepower, as well as a naturally aspirated 427 cubic-inch V-8 with an NHRA-rated 470 hp. Sending power to the rear wheels is an ATI Racing Products TH400 three-speed automatic transmission for all models.

2022 Chevrolet COPO Camaro NHRA 572 Big Block V8
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2022 Chevrolet COPO Camaro Price, Ordering And Production

Pricing for the COPO Camaro with the 572 starts from $105,500 (excluding tax, title, license, and dealer fees).

Here’s the best part: those interested in a Chevrolet COPO Camaro may recall the lottery process to secure their opportunity to purchase one. However, the 2022 COPO Camaro will be built to order through participating Chevrolet dealers this time around, and unlike before, will not be limited to 69 cars. Buyers can also participate in a private tour of the COPO Build Facility in Oxford, Michigan, where each car is custom made.

Expect the 2022 COPO Camaro and its 572 Big Block V8 to be at the Chevrolet Performance booth during the 2021 SEMA Show, which is officially taking place at the Las Vegas Convention Center as of now.

2022 Chevrolet COPO Camaro 572 Big Block V8 SEMA 2021
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Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

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Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

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One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.


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  1. Someone at Chevrolet is not going to like what I post here, but it was my idea to build copo camaros, I suggested it to Ernie Callards Successor of whom I do not remember his name.
    And this conversation took place at Detroit Autorama and I laid out the whole program of 69 specially prepared cars, and I pitched it as I wanted to head the project as I had worked with SPO in the past.
    I was told flat out, no such program was planned or considered, 14 months later, Chevrolet unveiled the Copo, good job!

    • Central Office Production Order or C.O.P.O. was started by Chevrolet in the 1960’s. Ever heard of a 1969 C.O.P.O. Camaro? They reintroduced the C.O.P.O. when factory race programs began gaining the intrest of the public. I really doubt you were the one that came up with this idea in any way.

  2. There are no title and license fees as these cars are not street legal and sold on a bill of sale only. They do not have VIN’s. And dealer fees should not be charged as the dealer only give you a reciept and everything is done through GM Performance. That’s not to say that the dealer will not charge you a fee for the transaction but they shouldn’t as there name will appear on all the paperwork as the selling dealer so they get that notice. I have a 2012 and 2015 COPO.

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