Chevrolet recently announced a new version of the COPO Camaro for 2022. It’s a factory-built drag racer inspired by dealers in the late ‘60s using Chevy’s Central Office Production Order (COPO) system, where the vehicles get their name, to put giant engines in relatively small cars. This year’s offering is special because it’s powered by not only a brand-new Big Block V8, but the largest V8 engine currently offered by any American automaker, as reported by The Drive.
The engine in question is a 572-cubic-inch (9.4-liter) V8 with a cast-iron block and four-bolt main caps that’s mated to the TH400 three-speed automatic transmission from ATI Racing Products. (For reference, the V8 available for the high-performance ZL1 Camaro is just 376 cubic inches, or 6.2 liters.) But while this would seem like the wet dream of anyone whose interests lie somewhere in the Venn diagram of Chevy cars, American muscle and overbuilt engines, the fanbase here is decidedly niche.