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Callaway is giving us another reason to adore the ground it stands on. The company is best known for tuning the likes of Corvettes, Camaros and Silverados, and it even gave us the 757 bhp Corvette Z06.
Its latest project, the Corvette AeroWagen, is the stuff legends are made of, however. According to Top Gear, the product is based on the AeroWagen Concept, Callaway basically churned out a shooting brake Corvette. For a reported $15,000, Callaway will remove the tailgate from your Corvette. It’ll replace it with a one-piece carbon fiber structure to lengthen the Corvette’s roofline, as well as expand its luggage space.
This means the Corvette AeroWagen will feel bigger and bulkier. It uses the same factory seals, hinges and latches, meaning the Corvette’s targa top will remain fully functional. Oh, but don’t be too hopeful. There are still no extra seats despite the “improved” cargo space.
If you’re really interested with what Callaway is offering, then you better own a targa-top Corvette. Any hard top ‘Vette, even the Z06, as well as the Stingray and Corvette donor car, can be converted. It doesn’t even matter if it has one of Callaway’s performance kits or not.
And don’t be too afraid of having your vehicle converted. The installation is fully reversible. Installation will start later this year with orders being received as early as now.
The Corvette Z06 is priced under $80,000 with the SC757 power kit at $18,000 and the AeroWagen tailgate adding another $15,000. All in all, that’s a combined power kit of $113,000 for a 757bhp Corvette shooting brake.
The concept was first showed off in late 2013 with Callaway Cars planning to start production of the Corvette C7-based AeroWagen later this year. During that time, Callaway said the shooting-brake-style conversion would cost $23,000.
This particular Callaway look was built by Montreal-based car designer Paul Deutschman, but it remains unclear if he also had anything to do with the AeroWagen’s styling.
The motoring world now is not like before. Manufacturers are continually downsizing their supercars to be more efficient and eco-friendly. Still, it’s nice to see car companies use forced induction that focuses on extra horsepower, not minding fuel economy and efficiency.
Callaway has thankfully brought their GenThree supercharger to the Chevrolet Camaro V8, pushing it to a height of 610 horsepower, according to Gizmag. This is based on a package originally developed for the Corvette with a 2300cc Eaton rotor pack that forces air upwards, which then create that extra power for the machine.
But the problem is supercharging creates extra heat that then forced Callaway to use convective cooling to allow the air to cool as it flows through the supercharger housing. This process becomes more effective because the housing exposes it to the air.
Combined with Callaway’s system, the motor can produce 610 hp (449 kW), and a monstrous 827 Nm (610 ft-lb) of torque through a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. In total, that’s 155 hp (110 kW) more than the base edition Chevrolet Camaro SS churns out to the market.
The Camaro SC610 would also have a larger intercooler to ensure that the car can provide maximum power on the track. What hasn’t been tested yet is the ability of Camaro’s brakes to do the same. That would have to wait.
Under the hood, the Camara SC610 is even more impressive. It has a special carbon fiber that covers the air intakes, as well as a unique build plaque and a number of badges on the exterior.
And if that isn’t enough, Callaway is selling the car with a three-year, 36,000-mile (60,000-kilometer) warranty that also works with GM’s powertrain warranty.
The Camaro SC610 reportedly has a starting price of $54,920 with a new Camaro SS, or $16,995 as a package to already existing cars.