New Big Block V8 Preps COPO Camaro for Drag-Strip Glory

September 27th, 2021 by
A black 2022 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe SS 1LE | El Dorado Chevrolet in McKinney, Texas

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Drag racers and drag-racing fans take note: the Chevrolet COPO Camaro is returning to its roots for 2022 with a massive new engine.

Based on a custom-equipped drag racer from the late 1960s, the COPO Camaro is built in limited quantities each year. It’s designed for racing only and not for driving on the street.

For the upcoming model year, the COPO Camaro lineup will offer the COPO 572 engine, also known as the Big Block V8. The Big Block V8 hearkens back to the early days of the COPO Camaro, when dealers took advantage of an ordering loophole to equip Camaros with huge engines to help them rule the drag strip.

This 572-cubic-inch power plant doesn’t have a horsepower rating yet — but it’s sure to deliver massive capabilities with its cast-iron block, aluminum heads, and forged-steel crankshaft and connecting rods.

The COPO Camaro is also available with a supercharged 580-horsepower V8 and a 427-horsepower V8. Other key features include wheelie bars and a carbon fiber hood.


If you want to race the 2022 COPO Camaro, it’s available now to order from Chevrolet Performance. And if you’d prefer a street-legal Camaro for cruising, commuting, or carving corners, stop in to see us here at El Dorado Chevrolet in McKinney, Texas.

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