Chevy’s ’22 COPO Camaro returns to a drag strip near you (and its roots) with a COPO 572 CAMARO: BIG-BLOCK BRAWLER, proving that there really isn’t a substitute for cubic inches except more cubic inches!


The COPO Camaro returns for 2022 with a newly available 572-cubic-inch engine. It channels the spirit of the original ‘69 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 at the time – 427-inch big-block.

The COPO 572 engine features a cast-iron block with four-bolt mains, aluminum heads, a forged steel crankshaft, forged steel connecting rods and forged aluminum pistons. Pricing for the COPO Camaro with the 572 starts from $105,500 (excluding tax, title, license, and dealer fees). Also available for 2022 are COPO Camaros powered by a 350-cubic inch LSX small-block and a 427-inch big-block. The supercharged 350 is rated by the NHRA at 580 horsepower, while the naturally aspirated 427-inch big-block has an NHRA rating of 470 horsepower. All ‘22 COPO Camaros use ATI Racing Products TH400 three-speed automatic transmissions.

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 572 Camaro, above, 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, MI, where each car is custom made.

COPO 572 CAMARO: BIG-BLOCK BRAWLERThe order form for the ‘22 COPO 572 CAMARO: BIG-BLOCK BRAWLER can be found @ the late 1960s, several well-informed Chevrolet dealers were able to use the company’s vehicle ordering system to create cars that otherwise would never have existed. Specifically, a Camaro with a combination of performance equipment that resulted in an NHRA Stock Eliminator class special and a 50-year legacy of greatness. Read more about the history of the COPO Camaro @ @