Just 25 of them... won't be coming to the UK.
There's a saying in the automotive industry that works on both sides of the Atlantic: "Why can't we have that?" The US misses out on hot hatches and performance estates, while us Europeans miss out on muscle cars and pickup trucks powerful enough to raise the Titanic.
Okay, so that's not exactly a fair trade off, but anyway, sometimes there are cars in the US we'd love to get our hands on. This is one of them.
Back in the 1960s if you wanted a Camaro (another car allergic to Europe) that was fit for the drag strip, you headed to Yenko Chevrolet – the Pennsylvania dealership owned by former racer Don Yenko. They transformed factory Camaros into go-fast, track-ready vehicles to rival more-powerful muscle cars like the Ford Mustang, Plymouth Barracuda, and Dodge Dart (before it turned into a Alfa Romeo-based rental car).
While Chevrolet hasn't released a Yenko Camaro since 2010, one shop has decided to use the nameplate on another powerful Bowtie product: the Corvette. The car adds a few aerodynamic tweaks, and more power. Lots more power.
The one-off Corvette has been built by Specialty Vehicle Engineering of New Jersey and has a custom-built, supercharged 6.8-litre V8 under the bonnet (essentially a bored and stroked version of the Grand Sport's 6.2-litre V8). The aluminium block features a race-quality forged 4340 steel crankshaft and H-beam rods, forged aluminium pistons, and CNC ported LT-4 cylinder heads with an ARP high-strength head, among others.
Buyers can opt for either a stage I upgrade, which pumps out a mere 835 bhp, or a full-on stage II upgrade that produces a proper 1,000 bhp and 850 lb-ft of torque. Both engine options come paired to either a seven-speed manual with a much-needed new clutch, or an optional heavy-duty automatic transmission. There's also a set of cast aluminium quad exhaust tips with either brushed aluminium or black tips and Yenko badging – which must surely be worth a few tenths, right?
Speciality graphics on the side panels, bonnet, roof, and wheels are available in a variety of colours including Gloss Black, Flat Black, White, Hugger Orange, Silver, Red, Yellow, Gray, or Blue, while the cabin gets the same custom treatment with black or grey door panels, headrests, and the Yenko logo on the steering wheel, seat trim, and key fob, with special badging to signify its unique nature.
Just 25 examples will be sold through certified GM dealers, each coming with a 3 year/36,000 mile warranty for the engine, supercharger, and non-powertrain components; and a 12 month/12,000 mile warranty for the transmission. The stage II Corvette (with a manual) costs around £53,000 on top of the price of a new Grand Sport. The automatic version will set you back nearly £60,000.
Of course, those numbers mean absolutely nothing, because you can't have one. Unless you add at least £10,000 onto that price to ship one over.