New Jersey-based tuner Specialty Vehicle Engineering has generated quite a bit of press for itself with its modern-day Yenko Camaro tribute vehicles. While not nearly as desirable as an actual Yenko, these cars are still very desirable, packing huge amounts of power and featuring trademark Yenko branding.
One of these rare modern-day Yenkos will soon head to auction at Mecum’s Indianapolis 2020 sale. The car is a 2019 model-year example with the Stage 1 performance package and is packing a supercharged LT1 V8 engine good for a whopping 835 horsepower. Helping to push the LT1 to those heights is a large blower, forged steel crankshaft, forged pistons, CNC ported LT4 cylinder heads, larger injectors and a laundry list of other modifications. Somewhat unexpectedly, this car was delivered with the optional 10-speed automatic transmission that is available with the Camaro SS, rather than the standard six-speed manual.
On the cosmetic side of things, this Hyper Blue Metallic-painted Yenko Camaro benefits from TorqThrust-style 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport tires, Yenko vinyl decals, a carbon fiber hood with a large intake opening and Yenko-branded brake calipers. This car also features Houndstooth interior upholstery – a throwback to the stylish seats offered on the first-generation Camaro.
This Yenko Camaro car was one of just 25 examples built for the 2019 model year, so while it’s no original Yenko, it’s still quite rare. It also features the rather controversial 2019 front fascia, which was only offered for one model year before Chevy made further changes for 2020. Say what you will about rather strange-looking black painted fascia, it’s hard to come by and may even help the 2019 model-year Camaro become a bit of a collector’s item one day in the future.
Mecum’s Indianapolis auction is scheduled for the week of June 23rd to 28th, but with the coronavirus pandemic canceling many major gatherings and events, it’s not clear if the auction will go forth. In the meantime, check out the lot listing for this modern-day muscle car at this link.