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.
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.