Chevy Brings Back The 572 Big Block V8 For Its ’22 COPO Camaro Drag Car

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Back in 2012, Chevrolet revived the COPO Camaro for the first time since 1969. In accordance with the vehicle’s original production numbers, the model has since been limited to just 69 units every year. But with the Camaro’s demise on the horizon, Chevy has decided to sell the iconic drag racer on a first-come, first-served basis for 2022.

Not only that but this year also brings back the big block — a mammoth 572-cubic-inch V8 — as a factory fitting. Though Chevy has yet to share any details on its exact power output, we imagine it to be pretty hefty, given that it’s built with a cast-iron block, aluminum heads, a forged steel crankshaft and connecting rods, as well as some forged aluminum pistons. Should the 572 not be your thing, however, there’s also a supercharged 350-cubic-inch V8 and a naturally-aspirated 427-cubic-inch V8, rated by the NHRA at 580hp and 470hp, respectively. Oh, and in keeping with its dragstrip-ready intent, the car features an ATI TH400 transmission, a carbon fiber hood, and a set of wheelie bars, with the option to add extras like a trunk-mounted weight box and parachute. Prices start at $105,500, but it’s worth noting that the COPO Camaro isn’t a road-legal ride.

Purchase: $105,500+

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