It’s been an interesting week for fans of the Chevrolet Camaro. On one hand, we have rumors of the impending death of the Camaro as we’ve always known it: a gas-powered pony car. On the other hand, we have another iteration of the legendary COPO Camaro, which for 2022 has been upgraded with an available 572 cubic inch monster of a V-8.
For those used to thinking in metric volume, that is 9.4 liters. Nine-point-four. Wowza.
The next figure you probably want to know is how much power said 572 makes, but unfortunately Chevy and the NHRA are still working out that number, which is expected soon. We can tell you that the fuel-injected V-8 features forged steel connecting rods and crankshaft, a cast-iron block, and four-bolt mains. The pistons are forged aluminum. A 572-equipped COPO Camaro will set you back $105,500 before applicable fees, and the motor will be available separately (COPO Camaro ownership not required).
There are other COPO Camaro engine options from the LSX family: a blown 5.7 rated at 580 hp, and a naturally aspirated 7.0-liter rated at 470 hp. Whatever engine you choose, it’ll be mated to an ATI TH400 three-speed automatic.
The COPO is purely intended for drag racing in the NHRA Stock and Super Stock classes, so it’s not street legal—ever. While there’s a long list of options, like a parachute and a trunk-mounted weight box, the COPO’s carbon fiber hood and wheelie bars are standard.
There is, however, even better news for anyone frustrated by the low production numbers of previous COPO Camaros. In general, they’ve been limited to 69 units per year, a nod to the model year of the original COPO Camaro. For 2022, the order books are wide open. How much room you got in your garage? Order a dozen, if you feel like it. But if you want yours quickly, order quickly, since the COPOs will be built on a first-come, first-served basis.
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