Callaway Introduces Their Highest-Performance Corvette Variants To Date
Callaway Cars, Inc. and Chevrolet – A Brief History
Since its inception in 1977, Callaway Cars, Inc. has been known for building modified versions of Chevrolet productions cars, most especially the Camaro and the Corvette. Callaway is so synonymous with the Chevrolet brand that their twin-turbo kit became a dealer production option (RPO) B2K, the “Callaway C4 Twin Turbo Corvette”, which was introduced in 1987. Over the next five years, Chevrolet would go on to sell 510 of the Callaway Twin Turbo Corvettes, bolstering the relationship between Callaway and Corvette for all time.
The Twin Turbo body was a modification to the factory C4 body. It became known as the Callaway AeroBody, and while it was initially offered as part of the Twin-Turbo package, it later became available to consumers wishing to enhance the appearance of their production Corvettes. On the performance side, the 1987 production version of the Callaway Twin Turbo (B2K option) provided consumers with a 345 horsepower, 465 lb ft of torque variant, which produced a top speed of 178 miles per hour at a price of just over fifty-thousand dollars. For its time, the Callaway Corvette brought Chevrolet performance to on par with manufacturers like Ferrari and Lamborghini, whose comparable cars cost three-to-four times that of the Callaway Corvette.
A derivative of the Twin Turbo, the ultimate Callaway Corvette of that era was known as the “Sledgehammer Corvette.” Until 1999, the “Sledgehammer” held the official World Street Legal speed record of 254.76 miles per hour. This record was recorded at Ohio’s Transportation Research Center in October, 1989. The car was driven to Ohio, tested there, and then returned to Connecticut on public roads, making it the fastest street drivable car in the world.
The Callaway C12 & C16
Callaway has since introduced other variants of the Chevrolet Corvette throughout the course of the company’s history with GM. In 1997, they introduced the Callaway C12, a completely redesigned fifth-generation Corvette that was developed to complete in the GT2 Class of the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans race. The street variant of the car was a complete reworking of the factory C5 Corvette, with only the roof and “greenhouse” (the windshield, the side windows, the rear glass and the supporting infrastructure) remaining from the original car. The car was limited to just 20 units and, per Callaway, was built “to a standard rather than a cost.” Prohibitively expensive for most, the car was sold to a select audience that included such names as Dale Earnhardt Jr., Rick Hendrick, Otis Chandler and Tommy Mattola.
In 2007, they introduced the Callaway C16, a fully custom variant based on the C6 Corvette. The C16 was marketed as an alternative to the Porsche 911 GT3, the Lamborgini Murcielago, the Ferrari F430 and the 599 GTB, and was offered in three different body styles – the Cabrio, Coupe and Speedster. All of these cars were sold by Callaway directly, and included a five year/50,000 mile powertrain warranty. Similar to the C12 before it, the only remnants of the original C6 that made it into the production C16 model were the roof panel, the rear hatch and the rearview mirrors. The car was produced from 2008 to 2012, and was most recognized for its substantial power outputs – 650 standard horsepower for the Coupe and Cabrio models, and 700 horsepower for the Speedster.
Prior to the introduction of the C7 Corvette in 2014, the Callaway C4, C12 and C16 Corvette variants were some of the most extreme, most powerful Corvette programs to date. While other, less aggressive Callaway variants have been introduced – ranging from body modifications to turbocharger and supercharger packages that can be purchased as bolt-on items to factory Corvette models – it is the Callaway customs that have always attracted the most attention from both consumers and enthusiasts alike.
Callaway Introduces High-Performance AeroWagen for 2017
For the 2017 model year, Callaway has introduced the Corvette AeroWagen, a custom, “coach-built shooting brake” for any variant of the C7 Corvette Coupe including the Grand Sport and Z06 factory models as well as the Callaway SC 627 and SC 757 variants. The AeroWagen hatch assembly is a part-for part replacement of the original equipment Corvette rear hatch. It is such a direct fit that it continues to utilize the original hardware and latching mechanisms, and operates in the same fashion as the original equipment. The AeroWagen add-on is manufactured out of carbon fiber moldings and are pre-finished with a UV-protectant surface coat. They are fully prepared for a “paint to match” completion. The rear window panels are tempered safety glass and retain defogger functionality. Should consumers want to convert their C7 Corvette Stingray back to OEM, the standard hatch can also be re-installed.
The Callaway SC 627 and SC 757
In addition to the AeroWagen hatch kit, Callaway has also introduced two fully customized variants of the C7 Corvette – The Callaway SC627 Stingray or Grand Sport, and the Callaway SC757 Z06.
Both variants come equipped with a Callaway “GenThree” Supercharger with a “TripleCooled” Intercooler system, a Callaway High-Flow Intake system, Callaway embroidered floor mats, Callaway door sill panels, exterior and interior Callaway badging, Callaway underhood plaque and vehicle identification number, Callaway key fobs, Callaway Corvette authenticity documentation and a 3 year/36,000 mile limited warranty (NOTE: The Callaway warranty supplements the GM factory warranty. For anyone looking for more information, please call 1-866-927-9400 toll-free for more information.)
When so equipped, the cars produce performance numbers that far exceed their factory counterparts. The SC627 (Stingray and Grand-Sport based variant) continues to feature the same 6.2 litire, 376 cubic inch engine, but with the aforementioned Callaway add-ons, now produces a maximum power output of 627 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm (SAE), and a maximum torque output of 615 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm (SAE). The SC627 has a tested 0-60 time of just 3.4 seconds and a quarter mile time/speed of 11.0 seconds at 126 mph.
While the SC627’s numbers are impressive, the SC757 (Z06-based variant) numbers are just plain scary. Utilizing the same LT1 block, and incorporating the factory supercharger in addition to the aforementioned modifications, the SC757 has a maximum power output of 757 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm (SAE) and a maximum torque output of 777 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm (SAE). When tested, the SC757 produced a 0-60 time of just 2.8 seconds with a quarter mile time/speed of 10.5 seconds at 131 miles per hour!
Both the SC627 and the SC757 can come equipped with the same AeroWagen package referenced above, and also include a number of additional options that can be ordered when purchasing a Callaway Corvette variant. These options include the aforementioned Shooting Brake package, the Callaway Sport Exhaust system, the Callaway “ShortThrow 7” speed shifter, a Carbon Flash Emblem Package (excluding the Z06), Callaway Nine Spoke Alloy Wheels (excluding the Z06), a Callaway Corvette car cover, the National Corvette Museum Delivery option, the Callaway Factory Delivery and a Callaway five year/60,000 mile limited powertrain service contract.
Both the SC627 and SC757 are assembled at Callaway’s manufacturing facilities in either Connecticut or California. For those looking to purchase the AeroWagen bolt on package only, Callaway can perform the installation at either of these facilities as well as at any Callway Authorized retailer.