Chevrolet dealers are now offering deep-pocketed automotive enthusiasts a fleet-footed alternative to the coming mid-engine super-Corvette in the form of the 1,000-horsepower 2020 Yenko/SC Stage II Camaro from Specialty Vehicle Engineering(SVE). As with past SVE-customized Camaros production is limited. In this case, only 50 will be built and they’ll be numbered and given certificates of origin, which is sure to appeal to collectors for future appreciation. But there is a catch and we’ll get to it later in this post.
As for the car, the Yenko-fied Camaro will pack a custom-built supercharged version of Chevy’s 6.8-liter LT1 V8 engine. Gearheads will want to know it features an aluminum block, upgraded crankshaft, rods, pistons, cylinder heads, fuel system, and injectors. There’s also a dual-mode custom stainless steel exhaust system, gun-metal or optional black-finish five-spoke wheels over red brake calipers, and 20-inch Michelin PS4S performance tires.
Cosmetic touches include a carbon fiber hood, hood and side stripes, assorted exterior badges, and logoed floor mats, headrests, side sills, and key fobs. You can get it in any of 10 factory paint colors with nine hues available for the hood and side stripes, and there are custom colors available for the supercharger and brake calipers.
The Yenko/SC Stage II Camaro is based on the vehicle’s 1SS or 2SS trim with the 1LE option, which means it includes Magnetic Ride Control, an electronic limited-slip differential, a performance-tuned suspension, a heavy-duty cooling system, and Recaro sport seats. It will only be available with a manual transmission. Custom engineering is covered by a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty.
The performance-enhancing package costs $69,000, but that’s not including the price of a new Camaro. And about that catch. According to the fine print on the company’s website, “The Yenko/SC 1000HP vehicle package is not emission legal in California, and can only be legally used while participating in sanctioned motorsports racing events.” But it’s all systems go otherwise.