Chevrolet revealed the 2022 COPO Camaro on Friday with a new 572-cubic-inch big-block V-8 base engine.
The big-block features aluminum heads on a cast-iron block with four-bolt main caps, a forged steel crankshaft, forged steel connecting rods, and forged aluminum pistons.
All COPO Camaros are ready-made drag racers that customers can buy from GM’s Central Office Production Order system like a Chevrolet Performance part.
Chevy will also offer the COPO Camaro with two LS-based small block V-8s: a supercharged 350-cubic-inch (5.7-liter) unit rated by the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) at 580 horsepower and a naturally aspirated 427-cubic-inch (7.0-liter) engine with 470 horsepower.
Chevy didn’t reveal horsepower figures for the 572-cubic-inch big-block V-8 base engine
All models run their power through an ATI Racing Products TH400 3-speed automatic transmission.
The COPO Camaro is not street legal but does qualify to race in NHRA Stock and Super Stock eliminators. All COPO Camaros feature a carbon fiber hood and wheelie bars, while a trunk-mounted weight box and parachute are optional.
Two Racer’s Packages are offered. The version for the naturally aspirated cars adds a trunk-mounted weight box, dual batteries, a carbon-fiber air intake, and the parachute package. The version for the supercharged model substitutes an intercooler quick change coupling for the parachute package.
Each COPO Camaro is hand built at the COPO Build Facility in Oxford, Michigan.
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