The 2018 Yenko S/C Chevrolet Corvette has been recently presented at the Classic Industries in Huntington Beach, California, and will make its official public debut during an upcoming Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction.
The Yenko name – penned by a man named Don Yenko who fiddled with the first-generation Camaro back in between 1967 and 1969 to deliver more than 450 horsepower – has become an icon on the track, with a still revered status by fans. Now it’s making a comeback thanks to New Jersey-based Specialty Vehicle Engineering (SVE), which decided to fiddle this time around with the Corvette instead of the Camaro. Using the Grand Sport as the basis, the standard LT1 V8 has been bored out to a displacement of 6.8 liters, fitted with a forged steel crankshaft, forged aluminum pistons, and CNC ported and polished cylinder heads, as well as a 2.9-liter twin-screw supercharger – for a total of 800 horsepower.
It also packs a punch – 750 pound-feet (1,016 Newton-meters) of torque, with all the power delivered through either a seven-speed manual, or an eight-speed automatic, good for a 0-60 mph (96 kmh) sprint of around three seconds and a maximum speed in excess of 05 miles per hour (329 kilometers per hour). The pack doesn’t come cheap because it will be $46,000 above the price of a regular Grand Sport, and only 50 units will be made available in either coupe or convertible configuration.