Anton Andres / Specialty Vehicle Engineering | January 31, 2017 09:00
Yenko gives the Camaro a Big-Block engine
If 461 PS sounds too tame for the ZL1 Camaro, the folks at SVE (Special Vehicle Engineering) may have just the car for you. With SVE using the legendary Yenko name under license, the 2017 Yenko Camaro gets a 350 PS boost over the standard ZL1 model, along with a host of chassis upgrades to lay down over 800 horsepower to the tarmac.
Limited to just 50 units, the 2017 Yenko Camaro produces a whopping 811 PS and 1,017 Nm of torque. To put that into perspective, it's 140 PS and 226 Nm more than the most powerful off the dealership floor Camaro ZL1.
This was made possible thanks to a custom supercharger, CNC Port and Polished LT-1 cylinder heads, forged steel crankshaft and H-beam rods, aluminum pistons and the Camaro ZL1's LT-4 fuel system and injectors. To force more air into the engine, it comes with a carbon fiber hood with a cowl intake, painted in body color. The Yenko Camaro is available with either a recalibrated 8-speed automatic or a six-speed manual.
To handle all that power, SVE also re-engineered the chassis. It gains Launch Control, Magnetic Ride Control, Larger stabilizer bars, retuned Performance Traction Management, upsized Brembo brakes and Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires. Chevrolet also beefed up the internals to cope with the added power. Manual transmission cars get a dual disc clutch while the eight-speed automatic gets some heavy duty hardware. On top of that, Yenko Camaros get a differential cooling system plus a heavy duty differential.
As a homage to the original Yenko Camaros of the late 60's, it comes with a stripe package that bares a resemblance to the special, rare pony car. It gets stripes on the hood and on the side of the car as well. Yenko badges can also be seen on the fenders, radiator shroud, engine block cover and at the rear. Inside, it's mostly standard Camaro SS fare save for the SYC door plates and headrests.