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.