RE: 2020 Yenko/SC Camaro: 1,000hp, manual, $70k

RE: 2020 Yenko/SC Camaro: 1,000hp, manual, $70k

Friday 12th July

2020 Yenko/SC Camaro: 1,000hp, manual, $70k

Seriously, though, what more do you want?



Yenko Camaros are part of muscle car royalty. Originally devised surreptitiously more than 50 years ago by Don Yenko and Yenko Chevrolet, circumventing Chevy rules about engines by dropping a Corvette 7.0-litre in a Camaro, the rarity and performance has ensured reverential status ever since. There was one in 2Fast 2Furious and everything.

Now there's a new Yenko, again taking the Camaro to another extreme of performance. Built by Specialty Vehicle Engineering (SVE) in New Jersey, which now owns the Yenko brand and has a line in silly Chevys, this Yenko makes 1000hp. One thousand horsepower. Stroked from the standard 6.2 to 6.8 litres, the V8 now also features a forged crank, forged pistons, ported heads, new fuel system, a honking great supercharger, bigger throttle body, bespoke headers... the whole kit and kaboodle. It's manual only, and there's a 36,000-mile warranty on it as well - perfect.


Marking the Yenko out, beyond the fantastic array of 12 colour combos - from white on Rally Green Metallic to Flat Black on Crush - are new five-spoke wheels (with Michelin PS4 tyres), a hood scoop, Yenko badges, the stripes and a build plaque. All things being relative it's a pretty modest overhaul for the power, given a Camaro is pretty imposing as standard.

In fact, such is the unrelenting focus on huge power that not much else has been touched at all. Arguably that's in keeping with the true muscle car tradition of straight-line performance at the expense of everything else, but to see not a single suspension upgrade and a caliper colour change as the only brake change is a little concerning. The Camaro is better dynamically that it's ever been, though that is a heck of a lot more power than standard.

Still, limited chassis mods make the Yenko more affordable - for 1,000hp, that is. MotorAuthority says the SVE pack costs $68,995 on top of a Camaro 1SS or 2SS with 1LE package. Given a 1SS 1LE is less than $40k retail, that means a 1,000hp Camaro in the US for the price of a 911 cabriolet. There's only going to be 50 made, too. PHers of the US, your Chevrolet dealer is waiting for you...


 

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sidesauce

Original Poster:

969 posts

161 months

Friday 12th July
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I cannot see how anyone can be critical of these, at least in terms of what they represent. It's a last hurrah for these sorts of motorcars, the likes of which will soon be consigned to the history books...

Let off some steam Bennett

2,114 posts

114 months

Friday 12th July
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Great news

JohnHiggins87

1 posts

Friday 12th July
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But where is the Yellow with Black stripes lol

toasty

5,376 posts

163 months

Friday 12th July
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Looks like a hot wheels car! Fantastic!

Mike335i

2,403 posts

45 months

Friday 12th July
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Great stuff, so affordable for what it is.
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Shakermaker

9,133 posts

43 months

Friday 12th July
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That colour chart does NOT line up with the colours shown!

mr2aw11

809 posts

166 months

Friday 12th July
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In the absence of Rally Yellow with black, I'll have the orange, thanks biggrin

Addymk2

280 posts

115 months

Friday 12th July
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Shakermaker said:
That colour chart does NOT line up with the colours shown!
Yes it does

redroadster

940 posts

175 months

Friday 12th July
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Veyron power for 60 k ISH ,rumble down on school run insane value in a world of crazy priced cars .

Jon_S_Rally

418 posts

31 months

Friday 12th July
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Bonkers. Ridiculous. Stupid. Obscene. Archaic. Pointless.

I want one.

unsprung

2,993 posts

67 months

Friday 12th July
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$70,000 for the Yenko package and an additional $45,000 for the donor Camaro SS with 1LE package makes for a pricey Chevy, in my opinion.

One of those "It's not my cup of tea, but I'm glad it exists" cars, I'd say.

Today the Yenko brand -- and the subject of this PH article -- is strictly a licensing arrangement. It has nothing to do with the work of Don Yenko (who's no longer with us) or his considerable achievements in road racing.

Speaking of which...

PH is the ideal place to mention the car which propelled Yenko's initial success. Consider this: an air-cooled six-cylinder engine mounted in the rear... and the whole thing engineered and built by Americans for a mass-market consumer. That was the Chevrolet Corvair -- the platform for the Yenko Stinger.

This homologation project saw 100 cars transformed in only two weeks (to qualify for racing). The car was profiled by Jay Leno, who, in my opinion, misprounces the Yenko surname. But there we are.

Video here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTGayn3Y800




Shakermaker

9,133 posts

43 months

Friday 12th July
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Addymk2 said:
Shakermaker said:
That colour chart does NOT line up with the colours shown!
Yes it does
Ahh.. the name of the colour first is the stripe, not the block colour.

irocfan

19,842 posts

133 months

Friday 12th July
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totally awesome. Still think that the Challi looks better though. Rather have either of them than the usual AuBMcedes effort

Bencolem

469 posts

182 months

Friday 12th July
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$70k for engine work, wheels that don’t suit the car and some badges? Doesn’t strike me as a bargain at all.

wab172uk

1,333 posts

170 months

Friday 12th July
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I'm clearly going to be in a minority here, but what's the point?

Most people buying it will buy it for bragging rights. Very few will actually be able to exploit a RWD car with 1000bhp.

As for the price? Ridiculously low for how much power it is. Great for the consumer, but they could charge 5 times the price and still sell them all. Surely this just lowers the value of the car?

Bring that over here on our roads, and a 300bhp hatchback would leave it for dead.

Jon_S_Rally

418 posts

31 months

Friday 12th July
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wab172uk said:
I'm clearly going to be in a minority here, but what's the point?

Most people buying it will buy it for bragging rights. Very few will actually be able to exploit a RWD car with 1000bhp.

As for the price? Ridiculously low for how much power it is. Great for the consumer, but they could charge 5 times the price and still sell them all. Surely this just lowers the value of the car?

Bring that over here on our roads, and a 300bhp hatchback would leave it for dead.
There isn't really a point beyond bragging rights, but that's the whole point. It's mental and people will buy it. No other reasons are required.

skyrover

12,163 posts

147 months

Friday 12th July
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sidesauce said:
I cannot see how anyone can be critical of these, at least in terms of what they represent. It's a last hurrah for these sorts of motorcars, the likes of which will soon be consigned to the history books...
Cars like this are going nowhere.

If anything, they will only get more commonplace smile

unsprung

2,993 posts

67 months

Friday 12th July
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skyrover said:
Cars like this are going nowhere.

If anything, they will only get more commonplace smile
That's fairly accurate, I'd guess.

In our lifetimes there will always be regulatory waivers or opportunity thresholds for low-volume production.

And on the mass-market side, hybrid versions have been all but mooted for upcoming iterations of the three Yank muscle cars as well as Corvette.

Once a hybrid powertrain is installed, it's easier to fulfil certain (but not all) obligations for emissions and fuel economy -- even with a V6 or V8. Total mass and packaging of internals might become concerns, so there's challenge and reward for engineering teams that are clever.



SlimJim16v

2,207 posts

86 months

Friday 12th July
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But drag racing is huge in the US and there's a closed road event that needs high speed. I think Guy Martin, entered a van in it?
So it does have a use.

Saleen836

6,633 posts

152 months

Friday 12th July
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I wonder if in 40/50 years time this recreaton will fetch similar amounts to an original?
https://www.hemmings.com/blog/2017/11/21/hemmings-...