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The Cost Of Admission Into The People’s Republic? 250 Horsepower

2021 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro California Edition Specialty Vehicle Engineering

We’re more than fatigued in reporting about this, but emission regulations are tightening. One of those places leading the charge is California: America’s most populous state, where a recalled governor still finds time to posture EV mandates for his subjects to follow. Yet being California is indeed one of the most populous and wealthiest states of The Union, it still makes sense for automakers and aftermarket companies to do business there while they can. In the case of Speciality Vehicle Engineering, California customers are on the outside looking it when it comes to registering a 1,000 horsepower Stage I or 1,050 horsepower Stage II Yenko Chevrolet Camaro. Suffice it to say, the gasses emitting from a 1,000+ hp engine simply can’t pass a California Air Resources Board smog test. So, as a solution, SVE offers the 2021 Chevrolet Camaro Yenko/SC California Edition.

2021 Yenko Chevrolet Camaro California Edition: The Details

The 2021 Chevrolet Camaro Yenko California Edition is limited to just 50 units, and will be on display at the 2021 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance happing Sunday, August 15. Although the Roadkill Nights crowd assembling this weekend in Michigan would have been happy to see this new offering from SVE also.

Foremost, the 2021 Chevrolet Camaro Yenko/SC California Edition has an output of 750 horsepower. Yes, that’s significantly down from the four-figure numbers observed outside the CARB states, but still 100 hp more than you’ll see from any Chevrolet Camaro directly from the factory. COPO Camaro aside.

And honestly, if you’re a California resident that desires to drive around a 1,000 horsepower muscle car, what are you still doing there? At least now SVE offers you a Yenko Chevrolet Camaro to park alongside the similarly-spec’d Yenko Silverado California Edition, built for the same reasons.

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The 2021 Yenko Chevrolet Camaro California Edition isn’t just a de-tuned version of the fire-breathing Stage I and Stage II Yenkos, pushing out 1,000 and 1,050 hp, respectively. Rather, the California Edition is its own package. The factory LT1 engine displacement isn’t bored out; it remains 6.2-liters, but a 3.0L supercharger is married to the intake manifold, with an oversized intercooler and front heat exchangers. That blower is nearly double the size of the one GM fits onto the LT4 for the factory, by comparison. The same powertrain can be found in the California Edition Yenko Silverado.

The choice of tire is a Nitto NT555 G2, measuring 285/30ZR20 in front, and 305/30ZR20 in the rear. The build is backed by a three-year, 36,000 mile warranty.

The 2021 Yenko Camaro California Edition is available on any factory Camaro LT1, 1SS and 2SS models, and can be had in either six-speed manual or 10-speed automatic, in coupe or convertible. It comes in nine exterior paint colors, seven colors for the side graphics, and 6 basic colors for the leather seats with the option to go custom. Letting everybody know it’s a California Edition is a set of unique badgework and a “750 HP” designation. The interior also proudly displays the “Yenko” name on everything from the floor mats to the headrests.

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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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