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2018 Yenko Camaro

When auto fans buy a Camaro SS, they’re look for power and speed. But the purchasers of a Yenko Camaro are eying something more, an “outrageously fast” muscle machine with – count ‘em – 1,000 horsepower.

Only 25 of the vehicles are built for 2018.

The powerful vehicle is a noted attraction of the specialty engine and accessories market. Retooled by machine shops or niche manufacturers, the models are endorsed by the original car maker such as Camaro’s builder Chevrolet, while offering well-heeled buyers an outlet to customize, trick out and soup up new and classic cars.

Toms River, N.J.-based Specialty Vehicle Engineering Inc., supplies the 2018 YENKO/SC Stage II Camaro, which rolled out earlier this month.

Powered by a 6.8-liter supercharged LT-1-based engine that also revs up high-end Corvettes, the limited edition sporty car is based on the 2018 Camaro SS 1LE “to take advantage of all the great performance features the 1LE offers” and properly balance the engine’s enormous power, Specialty Vehicle Engineering notes.

High-end features are vast, including:

• Magnetic Ride Control.

• Electronic limited-slip differential.

• Performance-tuned suspension with unique bushings, springs and stabilizer bars.

• Heavy-duty cooling system with dual outboard radiators; and engine oil, transmission and rear differential coolers.

• Brembo Brakes with six-piston front calipers and 14.5 inch rotors and four-piston rear calipers with 13.3 inch rotors. They give the muscle car “precise braking, while resisting fade,” according to the YENKO builder.

• A 1LE front splitter and rear spoiler, which increase down force to keep the vehicle planted at speed.

• Recaro Performance Seats, keeping the driver from sliding around.

• Exterior and interior graphics, YENKO badging, and 20 inch Torque Thrust wheels. They’re are reminiscent of the original YENKO/SC cars “back-in-the-day” – debuting in 1968.

Each of these 25 vehicles will be numbered and include a manufacturer's certificate of origin.

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