Specialty Vehicle Engineer has announced the 2019 Yenko Camaro will come with 1,000 horsepower and can be ordered directly from your Chevrolet dealership.
If you haven’t heard of Specialty Vehicle Engineering, they used to be called SLP back when they made performance packs for Pontiac Firebirds. They eventually started working closer and closer with GM until they started selling cars directly from their dealers, and instead of selling performance packs they started making limited runs of some very special cars--hence the name change from SLP to Specialty Vehicle Engineering in 2014.
Now they essentially create ludicrously powerful versions of GM vehicles that make a Dodge Demon look like a Pinto.
Their latest creation is the 2019 Yenko/SC Stage II Camaro. Based on the Camaro SS trim, it comes with a custom-built 6.8-L supercharged LT-1-based engine and produces 1,000 hp. That’s more than double the normal SS trim’s 455 hp. They also make an 825 hp Stage I Camaro, but that’s far less interesting since it doesn’t break the 4-digit power barrier.
In order for Yenko to even consider the Stage II upgrade, the base car must be given the 1LE performance pack, a $7,000 option that gives the Camaro magnetic ride suspension, an electronic limited-slip differential, stabilizer bars, a heavy-duty cooling system including engine oil cooler, dual outboard radiators, transmission cooler and rear differential cooler, larger Brembo brakes with 6-piston calipers in the front and 4-piston calipers rear, new Recaro racing seats, and a functional rear spoiler.
That’s just to keep the car on the ground with 1,000 hp. To actually get that much power, Specialty Vehicle Engineering gave the car CNC ported high-flow LT4 cylinder heads, a larger supercharger with 25% more boost over the Stage I Camaro, a larger throttle body, new high-flow cats, and a fuel pump upgrade.
Pricing hasn’t been announced, but we’re expecting the Yenko Stage II to be at least twice the cost of a regular Camaro 1SS with the 1LE performance package, so somewhere around $90,000. Also, this car isn’t legal to drive in California due to emissions laws, so don’t bother asking for this car if you live in LA unless you only plan to take it out on track days.
Only 25 of these Camaros will be made, so contact your Chevy dealers now.