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.