For all our readers who aren’t from the United States, a brief history lesson on the great heritage that the Yenko brand brought to the tuning and aftermarket scene is needed. Founded in the late 1960s, the brand become a hallmark of exclusivity and handled mostly Chevrolet models, in a similar way to how Shelby deals with Ford vehicles.
But the last few years haven’t been so kind with the historic brand, as its owners were forced to sell it to GMCI (General Marketing Capital Inc.), which promised to get it back on its feet. And that it will certainly do, as it has just announced that it will debut its first new project, based on the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro at this week’s SEMA Show, which is taking place in Las Vegas.
The Phase I edition will use the SS edition of the Camaro, powered by a V8 engine, on which they will add a supercharger, reportedly taking output to a massive 600 HP, a Hurst short-throw shifter, bigger brakes and a special Magnaflow cat-back exhaust system. Of course, in order to follow the Yenko tradition, various badges and logos will be applied wherever possible.
GMCI also added that a Phase II and III editions will follow during next year, hopefully with bigger engines like the LS7.