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Don’t Wait For Chevrolet To Supercharge The Silverado, Take Matters Into Your Own Hands

2021 Yenko Chevrolet Silverado Speciality Vehicle Engineering ZR2 Supercharged

With the Hellcat-powered Ram 1500 TRX hitting dealerships now, and a 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor just around the corner, Chevrolet fans are sort left out on the fun. Yes, the Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 is coming, but don’t expect major gains in the horsepower department. Therefore, a high-octane full-sized dune bashing off-road truck from GM continues to elude us, but there is a silver lining. And it’s even more powerful than even the 2021 Ram TRX. Enter the 2021 Yenko Silverado Off Road Package from Specialty Vehicle Engineering. The party piece? An 800 horsepower supercharged V8 engine. Only 50 of these Chevrolet Silverado bruisers will be made.

The 2021 Yenko Silverado Off-Road Package separates itself from the 2021 Yenko Silverado S/C with its focus on all-terrain performance, compared to the street-rod setup of the truck announced earlier this summer. This means a BDS 4-inch lift, Fox shocks, Nitto Ridge Grappler LT295/60R20 off road performance tires wrapping 20×10 inch 12-spoke wheels, 6 piston Brembo brakes, 16.1 inch vented rotors, a heavy duty rear sway bar, and an optional sport bar with LED lights. Finishing the looks are Yenko Off Road graphics around the body, a high-impact composite material hood insert, black louvers, a Yenko grille bar, Yenko tailgate badge, and plenty more.

2021 Yenko Chevrolet Silverado 1500 ZR2 Supercharged Specialty Vehicle Engineering
Image via SVE.

Mechanically, the 6.2L LT1-based supercharged V8 has a forged LT1 1538MV twisted steel crank, featuring induction hardened journals and intermediate pin drills, forged steel rods and forged aluminum pistons, CNC ported LT-1 cylinder heads, upgraded fuel system and injectors, High-output OEM-style centrifugal supercharger, and a custom performance calibration. All told, it’s good for a thunderous 800 horsepower, which sends power to the wheels via a six-speed heavy duty transmission. The 2021 Yenko Silverado Off Road Package can be based on both crew cab and double cab configurations.

As for the price on this 1-of-50 off-road super truck? That will be $84,995 USD, plus the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado needed to build it. Options include unique seat and trim package for $2,495, ustom colored Yenko-badged front brake calipers for $995, customer color rear quarter-panel graphics for $395, custom color embroidered front headrests for $145, while the LED lights and sportbar are extra $1,495.

Each of these 50 vehicles will include a numbered power badge, two numbered key fobs, a Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin, and a 3 year year/36,000 mile limited warranty on engine and supercharger assembly, transmission upgrade and non-powertrain components.

2021 Yenko Chevrolet SIlverado Specialty Performance Engineering
Yenko Silverado. Photo via SVE.

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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