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Thanks To A Unique “California Edition”

Yenko Chevrolet Silverado Specialty Vehicle Engineering SVE California Edition Supercharged V8

A “California Special” used to mean something different. It started back in the late 1960s with the Ford Mustang at the time, offering customers in The Golden State a unique, limited edition content combination and visual additions that came together in a now sought-after collectable muscle car. However, fast forward to 2021, where California thinks it wise to ban ICE vehicles by 2035 seemingly without thinking how that would affect lower to middle income brackets, and the auto industry is left facing an unnecessary ultimatum. In turn, today’s California Special Mustang is an electric SUV. It’s even worse for the aftermarket and performance shops. Tuning is turning into a taboo in the eyes of some regulators, and CARB mandates have made some aftermarket downright illegal in The Golden State. Take Specialty Vehicle Engineering for example. Its immensely powerful Yenko Chevrolet Silverado with 800 horsepower has been deemed illegal for sale in America’s most populous state. Until now, that is, thanks to a unique Yenko Silverado California Edition.

The obvious difference from the standard Yenko Chevrolet Silverado and the California Edition is the horsepower. Producing *just* 710 hp, the Yenko Silverado California Edition is down some 90 horsepower from the standard super truck. And rather than simply make it a CARB state exclusive, Specialty Vehicle Engineering is offering the Yenko Silverado California Edition in all 50 states, though authorized GM dealers.

The Yenko Chevrolet Silverado Califronia Edition starts life as a 2021 Crew Cab or double cab Silverado configurations featuring a 6.2L L87 V8 engine. Trim levels include Custom Trail Boss, LT Trail Boss, RST, LTZ, and High Country with either short bed or standard bed.

On the exterior, the Yenko Silverado California Edition features its own unique set of stripes and  wheels, while “710HP” badges can be found on the hood insert and tailgate. Under the hood, this souped up Chevy still features the same 3.0L twin-screw supercharger as the 800 hp version. This big booster reaches over 100% volumetric efficiency as well as a massive oversized air-to-water intercooler for unmatched cooling capacity. A dual pass heat exchanger is utilized up front for incredible recovery time and consistent cool temps.

You can check out the brochure here.

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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