Back in 1968, General Motors had limited the size of the Camaro’s motor to 396 cubic inches but power hungry enthusiasts wanted more. This was the height of the muscle car era after all and so Don Yenko, a racer and owner of Yenko Chevrolet in Pennsylvania, was only too happy to help. He fitted Chevys with a 427 cubic inch V8 (only a few hundred were built) and these are still regarded to this day as the ultimate tuned muscle cars.
The legendary Yenko Chevrolet hasn’t churned out one of its custom creations since the dealership traded hands in 1982 but that’s all about to change thanks to a company called Special Vehicle Engineering which has built a modern, supercharged version of the Yenko Camaro — complete with 1,000 horses! Just 25 2019 Yenko/SC Stage II Camaros are going to be built with each based on the 455 horsepower SS 1LE car that already packs goodies such as Magnetic Ride Control, an electronic limited-slip differential and bigger brakes — but then Special Vehicle Engineering get their hands on it and increase the V8’s capacity from 6.2-litre to 6.8. And with a huge supercharger, forged steel crankshaft, H-beam connecting rods, forged aluminium pistons, CNC-ported cylinder heads and stainless-steel long-tube headers output increases by 545 horses! That sounds like a lot of fun, maybe too much fun for that V8; good job that it comes with a three-year warranty.