We are happy to announce the return of the famous Yenko name that was once associated with building some of the fastest and most powerful Chevrolets on the planet. That’s right, Yenko, the only name that can compete with the likes of Shelby, has finally made its return thanks to a small speed shop out of New Jersey called Specialty Vehicle Engineering (SVE). They apparently licensed the Yenko name and started to develop a new package for the 2017 Corvette Grand Sport, and it’s everything that you’d expect it to be.
Let’s get right to the good stuff, the power. The Grand Sport starts with a 6.2L V8 that was rated at 460hp and the first thing the guys at SVE did was increased that displacement up to 6.8L. In doing that they also upgraded many of the internal components like fitting it with forged aluminum pistons, CNC ported and polished cylinder heads and a forged-steel crankshaft. This allowed them to use power adders like a 2.9L twin-screw supercharger without worrying about blowing up the motor.
Once all this was put together, the new motor produced 800hp and 750lb-ft of torque, which is more than enough for your everyday Corvette owner. More importantly, it would technically take the title of “muscle car horsepower king” away from the mighty Hellcat with its 707hp supercharged Hemi. All that power in the Yenko Corvette is sent to either an eight-speed automatic or seven-speed manual, depending on what option you choose when purchasing the car. The Yenko package is said to cost $46,000, and that’s on top of the $60,000 it costs for the Grand Sport Corvette. Other than the upgrades to the engine, it appears as if everything else is just cosmetic improvements. Yenko badges are placed throughout the interior and exterior, as well as on the brake calipers. So there won’t be any question whether this is a genuine Yenko or not.
SVE plans on revealing the new Yenko Corvette to the public at the 2017 Barret-Jackson auction in Scottsdale. But sadly it’s been reported that they only plan on making 50 examples of this badass muscle car, so if you had plans to run out and buy one, you might want to get on that. Some people might argue the Hellcat is a full production car and therefore still holds on to the title, but you technically can buy the Yenko Corvette from a Chevy dealer and it maintains factory warranties so therefore, in my opinion, it takes the cake. Afterall, Yenko Chevrolets used to be classified as a “production” vehicles just like Shelby and his Mustangs.