Chevrolet Debuts COPO Camaro in 2022, Purpose Built for Racetracks

Chevrolet has announced the COPO Camaro will return to the drag strip in 2022 with a newly available 572-cubic-inch engine, which uses a cast-iron block with four-bolt main caps, aluminum heads, a forged steel crankshaft, forged steel connecting rods, and forged aluminum pistons.
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The COPO Camaro with a newly available 572-cubic-inch Big Block V-8 engine that channels the spirit of the 69' COPO Camaro. // Courtesy of Chevrolet
The COPO Camaro with a newly available 572-cubic-inch Big Block V-8 engine that channels the spirit of the 69′ COPO Camaro. // Courtesy of Chevrolet

Chevrolet has announced the COPO Camaro will return to the drag strip in 2022 with a newly available 572-cubic-inch engine, which 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 Big Block V-8 channels the spirit of the original 1969 COPO Camaro, a purpose-built drag racer created by dealers using the Central Office Production Order system to equip cars with Chevrolet’s largest V-8.

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

The 2022 COPO Camaro is also available with LSX-based Small Block engines — a supercharged 350-cubic-inch V-8 rated by the NHRA at 580 horsepower and a naturally aspirated 427-cubic-inch V-8 with an NHRA-rated 470 hp. All 2022 COPO Camaros use an ATI Racing Products TH400 three-speed automatic transmission.

Engineered for drag racers, the COPO Camaro is sold as a Chevrolet Performance part and cannot be registered for street use. It competes in NHRA Stock and Super Stock eliminators and comes standard with a carbon fiber hood and wheelie bars. Buyers can customize their cars with options such as a trunk-mounted weight box and parachute.

Owning a COPO Camaro places drag racers in rare company — Chevrolet has built fewer than 700 examples since the program restarted in 2012. In past years, interested customers have entered a lottery to win an allotment for one of 69 cars.

Chevrolet will not limit production for 2022, and orders will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Buyers may also participate in a private tour of the COPO Build Facility in Oxford, Mich., where each car is custom made.

The order form for the 2022 Chevrolet COPO Camaro can be found here.

Read more about the history of the COPO Camaro here.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is one of the world’s largest car brands, available in 79 countries with more than 3.2 million cars and trucks sold in 2020.

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