Grab Your 1,000 Horsepower Yenko Corvette from a Local Dealer

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 If you want a Corvette Grand Sport, and want to pay $69,000 more than MSRP, you can buy the Stage II Yenko S/C Corvette.

One thousand. It’s a magic number of horsepower that manufacturers will be chasing over the next few years. Dodge has the Demon, which is only 160 horsepower off from that mark, but if you wanted something from GM, you’d have to sign paperwork for something with a bit less. Yenko aims to change that for 25 lucky few Corvette owners according to Road & Track .

Put together by Specialty Vehicle Engineering, this Yenko bumps displacement to 6.8 liters, CNC ported cylinder heads, an upgraded fuel system and the 2.9 liter supercharger (painted any color you like) draws air through a larger throttle body. The rotating assembly is upgraded as well, with H-beam rods, a 4340 steel crank, and forged aluminum pistons. ARP studs hold the whole thing together as it churns out the power.

Yenko Corvette

Of course, you also get all the pizzazz of Yenko’s iconic strips, and indications of just how much power resides under the hood. Side stripes, painted hood, hood grille, roof and rear decklid stripes are all included. More Yenko branded content can be found on the rear valance, sill plates, door panels, on the exhaust tips, head rests, steering wheel and more. There’s absolutely no way to confuse it with anything else.


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But you must be aware of the fine print. First, you have to buy a Grand Sport. But you have to specify whether you want it to be a manual or automatic as that will make a difference. For the Yenko Stage II package with all 1000 horsepower, you’ll have to write an additional check for $69,000. Happen to pick the automatic? That’ll cost you $78,000 for the package, as it includes upgraded transmission components. So, a tough pill to swallow, but you do get some serious engine work and a 1-of-25 claim for your Corvette, if that’s your prerogative.

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Patrick Morgan is an instructor at Chicago's Autobahn Country Club and contributes to a number of Auto sites, including MB World and 6SpeedOnline.

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