The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE is the ultimate version of GM’s muscle car that you can buy from the factory. And while that track-focused Camaro is an outright stunner, the aftermarket has found a way to create even more ludicrous iterations of the old-school Chevrolet muscle car formula. Take the folks at Specialty Vehicle Engineering for example, and their 1,050 horsepower 2021 SVE Yenko Camaro. Based on either a Chevrolet Camaro 1SS or 2SS with the 1LE package, this supercharged weapon harks back to the glory days of the original Yenko models. Thanks to Instagram user Oscar Vargas, we now have a chance to see what this very special car would look like in wagon form. This is the 2021 Yenko Camaro Nomad.
Yenko Camaro Meets Chevrolet Nomad
For those who are not up on their General Motors history, the Nomad nameplate is quite a special one. From 1958 to 1961, the Chevrolet Nomad was a wagonized version of the iconic “Tri-Five” Bel Air. The station wagon has become one of the most iconic vehicles of that era, and is quite the valuable collectors item today. Of course without a CTS-V wagon or Buick TourX to fill GM’s longroof portfolio, Vargas took to designing a new take on the formula. If you ask us, the SVE Yenko Camaro was just about the perfect place to start such a rendering project.
Specialty Vehicle Engineering’s 2021 SVE Yenko Camaro is a rare beast. Only 50 of these modified muscle cars are slated to be built, with each carrying a total price tag of at least $115,490. That money is well spent however, as the car undergoes a dramatic transformation in order to bear the iconic Yenko name. Under the hood sits an LT1-based 6.8L supercharged V8, which include parts like a forged 4340 steel crankshaft and H-beam rods, forged aluminum pistons, CNC ported high-flow LT4 cylinder heads, and beefed up fuel system. Combined with some stainless steel long tube headers, ARP head and main bolts, and a 10 percent larger throttle body, the motor is good for 1,050 horsepower. That’s a healthy amount more than GM has ever dared to stuff into a wagon, but not so for our guy Vargas.
The Yenko Camaro Nomad keeps much of the muscle car’s traditional shape, but extends the greenhouse back to meet the rear trunk-lid. The roof itself looks more akin to a Ferrari FF than it does a traditional wagon, but that’s not a bad thing by any means. Vargas also adjusted the front fascia of the Chevrolet Camaro for this specific rendering, complete with different lightning elements and a new lower grille. Overall, the design works rather well for a concept that we didn’t know we needed.
The chances of us getting a genuine Chevrolet Camaro wagon aren’t great. American’s just don’t seem to have a real affinity for the body style, despite what enthusiasts believe. Combine this with the fact that the Camaro may not be around too much longer, and well things are rather bleak. That said, it would be interesting to see if the team at Specialty Vehicle Engineering would be interested in such an undertaking. The team at Callaway did that awesome Corvette AeroWagon project a few years back, which was met by a ton of praise on the internet. Perhaps then a SVE Yenko Camaro Nomad could garner the same level of appreciation. What do you think of this unique take on GM’s iconic muscle car? Let us know down below!