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2022 COPO Camaro Charges Out The Gate Sporting Industry’s Largest Engine

As we look at the sporty cars here at Jim Butler Chevy of St Louis, it brings to mind the day the Camaro first stepped confidently out of the gate and made a name for itself nearly overnight. The classic COPO’s 7.0-liter engine was a solid accomplishment, and the latest engine upgrade pushes the strip-ready excitement factor a notch further.

On top of being paired with a supercharged 5.7-liter V8 and the classic 427, the new COPO Camaro will sport a 9.4-liter V8, which is the largest car engine GM makes. This is a drag racer all the way, with NHRA Stock and Super Stock eliminator class roots at the core and street-legal cruising not even a distant possibility. The engine boasts four bolt main caps, forged steel rods, forged aluminum pistons, and a forged steel crankshaft. All COPOs now come paired with a 3-speed automatic transmission from ATI Racing Products.

Fewer than 700 COPO Camaros have been built since the program was reinstated. Even fewer have a 572 crate engine, which in their most powerful form crank out a startling 727 horsepower and 680 lb-ft of torque. Capable of 6,750 RPM, the 572 installed in the COPO is fuel-injected, and the supercharged 5.7-liter generates 600 horsepower. Instead of enforcing a 69 per year model limit, Chevy will now accommodate as many builds as possible beginning later this year.

While this all-new COPO uses gasoline as its power source, the standard Camaro may soon see an electric performance sedan. Once thought to be an overly-ambitious idea with too many flaws, the concept is progressing quickly, coming as soon as 2024.

Consumers are excited to hear the roar of a V8 that they feel can’t quite be matched otherwise. With 2035 as the goal for GM embracing electrification of the entire light-vehicle lineup, it is evident that pure gasoline power still has a window of opportunity to shine!

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