Chevy lore carry as much weight as Yenko. Yenko
Chevrolet in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, was known for producing some of the
sweetest and most sought after muscle cars of all time, including some tuned
Camaros and Corvairs. Now Specialty Vehicle Engineering is offering
an 800 horsepower supercharged Yenko/SC Chevy Silverado, a quick follow-up to its
1,000 horsepower Yenko Stage II Camaro.
The Yenko name dates all the way back to 1929 when a man named Frank Yenko opened a Durant
dealer in Pennsylvania. That dealer eventually folded, but Yenko followed it up a few years later with two Chevrolet
dealerships, the second of which was run by Yenko’s son Don. That’s the dealer that built all the hot rods and muscle cars. Yenko business was sold in 1982, though the name has
cropped up a few times over the years, licensed by various shops.
This Silverado follows the same formula as most other Yenko-branded products. The
truck uses a 6.8-liter
GM LT1 V8 with an aluminum block, a forged-steel crank and connecting rods, forged aluminum pistons, ported heads, an upgraded fuel system and a tune. The coup de gras is a custom supercharger that brings the total engine output to 800 horsepower, though there isn’t a torque figure listed.
Other performance upgrades include stainless steel headers, high-flow cats, stainless steel exhaust, six-piston Brembo
brakes, 22-inch torque thrust-style wheels with
Michelin rubber and lowered suspension (2 inches up front, 5 inches in the rear). Visually, the Yenko/SC Silverado gets Yenko cowl and side stripes, an SYC graphic on the hood, Yenko badges on the grille, door and tailgate, and some other 800 horsepower and 6.8-liter badges and crests.
Now, this package isn’t cheap. It’s $46,995 on top of the price of a regular-cab Silverado. There are even a few options including a painted supercharger or some extremely sweet houndstooth seats. The truck does come with a 3-year/36,000-mile limited
warranty. There will only be a handful built, so get your $10,000 deposit ready.