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2022 Chevy COPO Camaro announced

Yes, that's a wheelie.

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In the late 1960s, Chevrolet dealers realized that they could use the automaker's Central Office Production Orders (COPO) to spec the Camaro with a larger engine than was offered to everyday buyers. A legend was born, but it only ran for a year before being discontinued until 2012. The newest iterations of the car have run in extremely limited quantities each year, and Chevrolet has just announced updates made to the car for 2022.

New for 2022, the COPO Camaro gets a 572 cubic-inch V8 that features a casti-iron block, four-bolt main caps, aluminum heads, a forged steel crankshaft, forged steel connecting rods, and forged aluminum pistons. Pricing for the 572-equipped cars starts at $105,500 before destination.


2022 COPO CamaroThe COPO will be available with a 572 cubic-inch V8.Chevrolet


Beyond the headline-grabbing 572, the drag strip-focused car will be offered with a pair of rowdy V8 engines. The COPO powertrain lineup includes a supercharged 350 cubic-inch V8 with 580 horsepower and a 427 cubic-inch V8 with 470 horsepower. All 2022 COPO Camaros get an ATI Racing Products TH400 three-speed automatic gearbox.

Production of the original COPO Camaro only ran for one year, but Chevy brought the car back in 2012. Production has continued since then, but only 69 cars have been built each year, a throwback to the original car's super-limited 69-car run. Since there are far more people wanting a car than there are actual cars, Chevrolet runs a lottery every November. The automaker says that thousands of people apply and the select few winners are notified in December that their purchase certificate is on the way.


2022 COPO CamaroOnly 69 of the cars will be built.Chevrolet

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Ford Mustang continues sales dominance

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1
Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Ford has good reason to be proud of the Mustang. Now almost 60 years on from its introduction, Ford continues innovating with new versions and performance upgrades. It's all good news for buyers, as it's hard to find a "bad" Mustang in Ford's current catalog. The efforts have paid off, too, as the automaker just announced that the Mustang outsold its competition for the seventh year in a row.

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

The Mustang continued outselling the Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger, and did so without help from the Shelby GT350, which was discontinued. The Mustang Mach 1, with its 5.0-liter V8, led the charge, but Ford notes the performance of its most powerful Mustang, the Shelby GT500.

Ford says Americans are the most prolific Mustang buyers, representing 76 percent of the car's worldwide sales. Mustang sales in New Zealand grew 54 percent and Brazil saw sales climb 37.3 percent, so the car is a global effort for Ford. The automaker notes that retail orders, where a customer places an order for a car instead of shopping for one off the lot, almost doubled last year.

1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Photo courtesy of Ted Fontenot

The 2022 Mustang may mark the last year of the car's current generation. Spy photographers have caught next-generation cars testing in the wild, and the current-gen cars have been on sale since 2015. Ford also expanded the Mustang name in 2021 with the addition of the new electric Mustang Mach-E, which was met with huge demand and several awards from around the auto industry.

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The Z06 isn't on sale yet, but it's already raising money for charities.

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Just a couple years ago, the Chevrolet Corvette got a major overhaul that completely changed its design, personality, and performance. The car moved to a mid-engine layout for the first time, and its V8 produces thundering performance at a reasonable price. As it has always done with the Corvette, Chevy's laying out special editions for the car, and one of the first in the new generation will be the 2023 Corvette Z06. An early Z06 sold at a Barrett-Jackson auction this weekend to raise money for charity, and the final dollar amount crested the $1 million mark.

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06The car raised $1 million at the Palm Beach Auction. Chevrolet

The car crossed the block at the Palm Beach Auction, which took place on April 9. It's the first production model of the car, which builds on the mid-engine eighth-generation Corvette. It's powered by a 670-horsepower 5.5-liter flat plane-crank V8, which sends its power to the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The engine revs much higher than a standard V8 and features a distinct sound. Chevy says the Z06's engine offers the most horsepower of any naturally aspirated V8 on sale.

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06Rick Hendrick was the winning bidder for the car. 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

The car's $1 million price tag raised money for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. The organization supports training of educators at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI). This auction, together with the first retail version of the car auctioned earlier this year, brings the Corvette's total charity haul to $4.6 million in 2022.

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