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2010 Yenko Camaro Prototype - Click above for high-res image gallery

Remember when we said that the Yenko brand would be revived with new models based on the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro? Well, we won't have long to wait to see the real thing. General Marketing Capital Incorporated (GMCI), the proud new owners of the legendary Yenko name and brand, have announced they will debut the first prototype of the 2010 Yenko Camaro at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas next week.

Using the V8-powered SS as a base, the "Phase I" Yenko Camaro will feature a supercharger to boost horsepower to 600, a Hurst short-throw shifter, larger brakes and Magnaflow cat-back exhaust system, not to mention the various Yenko badges affixed to the wheels, seats, sill plates, floor mats, etc. GMCI promises that a Phase II and III will follow, and just like Don Yenko took advantage of the COPO program to order Camaros with the 427ci engine, we hope that GMCI will make use of GM Performance parts and swap out the LS3 for an engine of proper displacement befitting a Yenko Super Car. Can you say LS7? Hit the jump for full details.

[Source: GMCI]


Westminster, Calif. – (October 28, 2009) General Marketing Capital Incorporated (GMCI) announced today that it will present its official 2010 Yenko Camaro Prototype to the public in the OER booth (# 23795) at the 46th annual SEMA Trade Show in Las Vegas, November 3-6.

The company will present the modern Yenko almost 44 years to the day that Don Yenko's Corvair Corsa was officially recognized as a Class D Production Competition Car by the SCCA.

The official 2010 Yenko Prototype began its life on a 2010 Camaro SS platform. The vehicle then underwent several significant upgrades including modification to a "Phase I" Yenko Camaro Supercar. Preliminary highlights and specifications of this powerful vehicle include a high performance 600hp supercharged and intercooled LS-based engine, Tremec six speed manual high performance transmission, Hurst short throw shifter, 6-piston big brake package and Magnaflow high-flow cat-back exhaust system.

Plans call for three Phases to be available to take the fifth Generation Camaro from ordinary to extraordinary. This "Phase I" Prototype from GMCI maintains the unique retro appeal Yenko enthusiasts are so passionate about, while including significant performance upgrades to the stock GM specifications and keeping the car affordable. Phase II and III cars will have higher output engines and even more suspension and handling upgrades.

Additional Yenko branded upgrades to this prototype vehicle include: the Yenko stripe package, official emblems and badging, retro-styled 22" Yenko billet aluminum wheels, Yenko leather interior package featuring Yenko Super Car (sYc) embroidered headrests, Yenko/SC sill plates, Yenko/SC embroidered floor mats and more.

Nearly 45 years ago, racing legend Don Yenko embarked on a mission to build a race car that could effectively compete in the 1966 SCCA racing season. His inspiration resulted in the development of the Yenko Stinger, an SCCA race car based on the Corvair Corsa platform. It was in the last quarter of 1965 that Yenko's plans for that vehicle came together changing automotive history forever.

Originally, the 60s era Yenko car was a special order vehicle, designed and built by Don Yenko Chevrolet in Canonsburg, PA. Don Yenko used the Central Office Production Order (COPO) program, a program GM used for fleet vehicles like police cars, taxi cabs, etc. to special order the vehicles and then modify them into some of the most powerful vehicles available. Today, an original Yenko is one of the most sought after Camaros in the world.

For more information about GMCI or Yenko licensing, please contact GMCI Corporate Headquarters, P.O. box 12049 Westminster, CA. 92683 or info@gmcilicensing.com.

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      Will it have black and white houndstooth seat fabric? That would be sweet.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Anybody heard and someone supin up a V6 Camaro. I think that would be sweet
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think they are trying to copy off of Ford with special production Camaros, like they are so many variants of Mustangs.

      Can't GM do anything original?
      • 5 Years Ago
      2010 Yenko Camaro ....on sale late 2012 :->>
        • 5 Years Ago
        yea really, I find it hard to believe that the Camaro will even be around in 2013.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks ok so far. Doesn't look much different then production from the drawing, but hopefully they will have some renders up.

      How I do like special editions, always interesting to see what people can do to make something their own.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The original '67-'69 Yenkos didn't differ much from factory-stock Camaros, either. Don Yenko Chevrolet was essentially just making dealer-prep specials (by knowing which "hidden" option boxes to tick), so they didn't have a lot to work with appearance-wise--tape stripes, badges, and mag wheels were about it.

        Those mags and stripes aren't working for me on the new Camaro, but it's a nice idea.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The "Yenko" family, who are the direct heirs of Don Yenko and his Estate, have never relinquished ownership of their name, nor have they ever sold it off or licensed it to GMCI.

        They have NEVER authorized any individual or entity other than the "sYc'', aka The Yenko Sports Car Club/Yenko.net to use it in order to promote and/or perpetuate Don's legacy.

        The family did however authorize the sYc to do this more than a decade ago!

        GMCI does not have the approval nor the endorsement of the Yenko family, in order to use the Yenko name for anything, much less a 2010 Yenko Camaro.

        Representatives of GMCI contacted us to inquire about building 5th generation Yenko Camaros. We clearly stated that if the family as well as the club did not support their project that we would not even bother to submit the proposal which they requested.

        The path they have chosen is very clear.

        This morning I was informed that the Yenko family is extremely distraught over this issue and for the first time since Don Yenko, passed, they have retained a Law Firm to defend and protect their interests.

        I would think it paramount that any such project should have the blessing and/or endorsement of the Yenko heirs!

        Stefano Bimbi
        Nickey Chicago, Inc
      • 5 Years Ago
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      So a Yenko now is basically a bunch of someone elses aftermarket products with Yenko stripes?

      An appropriate modern Yenko would be just a Camaro with a LS9 or LS7 installed at the factory.