ICYMI: Meet the 2022 COPO Camaro and its 9.3-liter V8

Colin
By Colin Wood
Aug 1, 2021 | Chevrolet, camaro, COPO

Photography Courtesy Chevrolet

What's more wild than Chevrolet's new 2022 COPO Camaro? It's V8 engine–all 572 cubic inches of it.

For the metrically inclined, that comes in at around 9.3-liters, almost 3 liters larger than the Dodge Demon’s V8 and still 2 whole liters larger than Ford’s 7.3-liter “Godzilla” V8.

The new car harkens back to the original ‘69 COPO Camaro, a purpose-built drag racing car built by dealerships using Chevy’s Central Office Production Order system (hence the COPO name), allowing them to special order a Camaro with the car maker’s largest V8 engine at the time.

If for some reason 9.3 liters is too much for you, Chevy will gladly sell you a COPO Camaro with a supercharged, 5.7-liter V8 or a naturally aspirated, 7.0-liter V8, NHRA rated for 580 horsepower and 470 horsepower, respectively.

It’s worth mentioning that the COPO Camaro is (unfortunately) not street legal, though Chevrolet notes that, unlike previous versions of the car, it “will not limit production for 2022.”

Oddly enough, Chevrolet doesn’t mention any power figures in the release, but does give us a price: $105,500.

Interested? You can find the order form here.

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DeadSkunk  (Warren)
DeadSkunk (Warren) UltimaDork
8/2/21 8:52 a.m.

$105,000..........then you show up for a grudge night and the Nelsons are there with a $5,000 car......Awwwwwww....

Ranger50
Ranger50 MegaDork
8/2/21 9:35 a.m.

In reply to DeadSkunk (Warren) :

With minimal prep, I hope they can run 7's@180....

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
8/2/21 9:42 a.m.

Man, the back 3/4s of modern Camaros look slick, but man, Chevy can't get the front end sorted out. That's fugly. $100,000? Give them a cool bumper GM.

Driven5
Driven5 UltraDork
8/2/21 10:07 a.m.

In reply to Appleseed :

What could be cooler than paying homage to Sir Ian McKellen?

.

While it has zero applicability to me, I am looking forward to more details being released on this.

Curtis73 (Forum Supporter)
Curtis73 (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
8/2/21 10:54 a.m.

I'm not sure if this is a really late April Fool's joke or not.  Part of the point of the COPO program was homologation.  That Camaro will never be registered for the street in any state.  It's just flex.

As a classic car guy, this is just a massive question mark.

DeadSkunk  (Warren)
DeadSkunk (Warren) UltimaDork
8/2/21 10:56 a.m.

In reply to Ranger50 :

Well...given that they're extracting well over 1000 crank horsepower from a 5.4 LS, I wouldn't bet against them.

STM317
STM317 UberDork
8/2/21 11:00 a.m.

The order form for the car supposedly lists prices and specs for each engine option:

 

 

I'm not sure if GM is sandbagging or if there's some weird issue with how the NHRA determines power, but 430hp from the 572 seems drastically lower than one might expect. A carb'd 572 crate engine from GM performance makes 727hp/680ft-lbs

DeadSkunk  (Warren)
DeadSkunk (Warren) UltimaDork
8/2/21 11:14 a.m.

Interesting that the 572 engine is the cheapest one and the cars are being built with TH400 reworked transmissions.

NOT A TA
NOT A TA SuperDork
8/2/21 11:18 a.m.

In reply to STM317 :

Pretty sure the 9.4 430 HP one is limited so it runs in a certain NHRA class.

DeadSkunk  (Warren)
DeadSkunk (Warren) UltimaDork
8/2/21 11:23 a.m.

In reply to NOT A TA :

It's aimed at NHRA stock and super stock classing, so you're likely right. Another article I read suggested that GM and NHRA had yet to agree on the power rating.

Mr_Asa
Mr_Asa PowerDork
8/2/21 11:41 a.m.

So, is this officially the largest engine ever put in a production vehicle?

06HHR (Forum Supporter)
06HHR (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand Dork
8/2/21 12:03 p.m.
DeadSkunk (Warren) said:

In reply to NOT A TA :

It's aimed at NHRA stock and super stock classing, so you're likely right. Another article I read suggested that GM and NHRA had yet to agree on the power rating.

I bet you could pull a spark plug wire or two off the 572 crate motor and still break 430 on the dyno, so yeah.  Trying to figure out NHRA classes gives me a headache.

Mr. Peabody
Mr. Peabody UltimaDork
8/2/21 12:13 p.m.

In reply to Mr_Asa :

No, you could get an 11.5L engine in a GM truck at one time. I don't know about other manufacturers

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
8/2/21 12:21 p.m.

In reply to Mr_Asa :

"production"

06HHR (Forum Supporter)
06HHR (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand Dork
8/2/21 12:34 p.m.
Mr. Peabody said:

In reply to Mr_Asa :

No, you could get an 11.5L engine in a GM truck at one time. I don't know about other manufacturers

Wasn't that the "twin-six" GMC engine, this thing

  

702 cubic inches, 275 hp, 630 lb-ft..

Driven5
Driven5 UltraDork
8/2/21 12:34 p.m.
06HHR (Forum Supporter) said:
DeadSkunk (Warren) said:

In reply to NOT A TA :

It's aimed at NHRA stock and super stock classing, so you're likely right. Another article I read suggested that GM and NHRA had yet to agree on the power rating.

I bet you could pull a spark plug wire or two off the 572 crate motor and still break 430 on the dyno, so yeah.  Trying to figure out NHRA classes gives me a headache.

My first thought goes to this being an 'area under the curve' thing... At only 430hp, it should be able to produce that from basically idle through redline.

Hungary Bill (Forum Supporter)
Hungary Bill (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
8/2/21 1:17 p.m.
STM317 said:

The order form for the car supposedly lists prices and specs for each engine option:

 

 

 

I'm not sure if GM is sandbagging or if there's some weird issue with how the NHRA determines power, but 430hp from the 572 seems drastically lower than one might expect. A carb'd 572 crate engine from GM performance makes 727hp/680ft-lbs

Change that air filter.  430hp is probably the most air that tiny little thing can possibly move laugh



 

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
8/2/21 2:31 p.m.

In reply to Hungary Bill (Forum Supporter) :

Yeah, that's the size of the filter used for the idle air control on a 110 hp Honda :) The filter that comes with the 430 hp LS crate is considerably larger.

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