Back in 2012. Chevrolet reintroduced the world to the COPO Camaro. Inspired by the special order models from the Sixties bearing the same name, these factory-prepped drag racers are the most extreme iteration of the current pony car. For the 2022 model year, Chevrolet has looked back at the history of the COPO cars for a bit of guidance. For the first time since the program was reintroduced, the COPO Camaro is now available with a Chevy big block V-8.
Measuring in at 572 cubic inches, or 9.4 liters if you prefer, the new big block is the largest V-8 ever to power a factory Camaro. The engine features a cast-iron block with four-bolt main caps, aluminum heads, a forged steel crankshaft, forged steel connecting rods, and forged aluminum pistons to ensure reliability and power on the 'strip. Performance figures for the new big block have yet to be verified, but expect the NHRA to comment on that in the near future. The 572-ci V-8 will surely be the most powerful offering from Chevrolet Performance, but it isn’t the only engine available for 2022 COPO Camaro customers. A pair of LS-based small block V-8s are also on offer: a 580-hp supercharged 5.7-liter unit and a naturally-aspirated 7.0-liter that produces 470 hp. Regardless of which engine is chosen, all 2022 COPO Camaros feature an ATI Racing TH400 three-speed automatic transmission.
General Motors states that the 2022 COPO Camaro 572 will start at $105,500. For a factory-prepped race car that runs eights in the quarter mile, that isn’t so bad at all. Add in the fact that this motor will surely become an item that muscle car fans adore, and the value seems like it might just be there. As GM moves into the EV era, it's also quite possible that this is one of the last real hurrah for the Camaro nameplate. If that is the case, at least General Motors went big one last time. Nine-point four liters worth of big block, that is.
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