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The Yenko/SC Stage I Convertible Is Available To Order Now

Yenko Camaro
2020 SVE Yenko Camaro

Over the summer it came to our attention that a Dodge Demon convertible is out there roaming the streets. At the time, we figured it might be the most formidable modern muscle car drop-top out there. As it turns out, Specialty Vehicle Engineering had something special in the works. Introducing the Yenko Camaro Stage I Convertible, and like the fixed roof version, this thing packs 1,000 horsepower. It’s available with the 10-speed automatic transmission only.

The crown jewel of this 1,000 horsepower Chevrolet Camaro is an LT1-based supercharged V8 engine that’s grown from 6.2L to 6.8L (418 cu-in) of displacement, as seen in the Yenko/SC Stage II Camaro. It features a forged 4340 steel crankshaft and H-beam rods, forged aluminum pistons, CNC ported high-flow LT4 cylinder heads, upgraded fuel system and injectors, with ARP high strength head and main studs, high-output custom supercharger in black (custom colors optional), 10 rib dedicated belt drive system, 10% larger throttle body, custom stainless steel long tube headers with high-flow cats, and a higher capacity high and low pressure fuel system.

The 2020 Yenko Camaro Stage I package otherwise features a lot of Chevrolet Performance parts to help manage the gargantuan power figure.

Magnetic Ride Control, Brembo 6-piston front and 4 piston rear brakes, FE3 suspension with unique bushings, springs and stabilizer Bars, a heavy-duty cooling system including an engine oil cooler, dual outboard radiators, transmission cooler and rear differential cooler, limited slip differential, and Dual Mode Exhaust System. The functional front splitter and rear spoiler from the Camaro ZL1 1LE are also available. Customers can choose between Recaro performance seats from Chevy, or a unique houndstooth trim package from Specialty Vehicle Engineering if they so choose.

Setting the Yenko Camaro Convertible apart from the flock is unique paint and badging, as well as graphics on top of the body-colored carbon fiber hood. If that doesn’t give things away, the “1000 HP” markings on the hood scoop will send the message loud and clear.

If you’re in the market, you better move faster than this thing can. Specialty Vehicle Engineering plans to build only 25 examples of the Yenko Camaro Stage 1 Convertible, and will be based off the Camaro 1SS or 2SS package. Lastly, while the Yenko Camaro Stage 1 is being revealed as a convertible, it’s available as a coupe, too.

Pricing is not immediately clear, but expect this 1,000 horsepower package to run around $69,000 and up, as seen with the 2020 Yenko/SC Stage II Chevrolet Camaro.

2020 Yenko SC Stage II Chevrolet Camaro
Yenko Stage II Camaro

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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