For the first time, production is not limited to just 69 units.
If you want to tear up the drag strip, the Chevrolet COPO Camaro is the perfect tool for the job. Since 2012, Chevrolet has revived the COPO Camaro name as a tribute to the legendary 1969 original. Back then, the COPO Camaro was created thanks to a loophole in General Motors' special Central Office Purchase Order system that allowed dealers to order performance parts that would normally be unavailable.
The result was the legendary 1969 ZL-1 COPO Camaro. Limited to 69 units, the original COPO Camaro packed an all-aluminum ZL1 427 V8 engine rated at 425 horsepower. Normally, the modern-day COPO Camaro is limited to 69 examples as a homage to the original 1969 car - but not for the 2022 model year.
For 2022, production of the COPO Camaro will not be limited. Chevrolet will accept orders on a first-come, first-serve basis, making it much easier to buy one. Before, you had to enter your name into a lottery and be randomly selected by Chevrolet before you were given the opportunity to secure an order, so making Chevrolet's drag racing monster more widely accessible is a very welcome change. This isn't the only change Chevrolet is introducing to the 2022 COPO Camaro either.
For the first time, the latest model can be fitted with a massive 572 cubic inch Big Block 9.4-liter V8 engine. Unfortunately, Chevrolet hasn't revealed how much power this unit produces, but the 572 is offered as a crate motor available with outputs of 621 hp and 727 hp.
Other engine options include a 350-cubic-inch 5.7-liter supercharged V8 produces rated at 580 hp and a 427-cubic-inch 7.0-liter-liter naturally aspirated V8 delivers good for 470 hp. Power goes out through an ATI Racing Products TH400 three-speed automatic transmission. Chevrolet is already accepting orders for the 2022 COPO Camaro, with pricing for the 572 variant starting at $105,500. The naturally aspirated 427, on the other hand, starts at $117,500, while the supercharged 350 will set you back $130,000. Since it's a dedicated drag racer eligible for NHRA Stock and Super Stock eliminators, the 2022 COPO Camaro is not street legal.