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New Callaway Corvette breaks cover

Engine output boosted to 757 hp and 777 lb.ft. of torque

Published: July 29, 2015, 11:00 AM
Updated: August 2, 2015, 2:00 AM

2016 Callaway Corvette

We knew that the introduction of a more modern and powerful Corvette would mean the coming of a new Callaway Corvette. And here it is.

With the philosophy of “Why go big when you can go bigger,” Callaway Cars takes the Corvette Z06 to new power levels with Callaway’s GenThree supercharger boosting Chevrolet’s supercharged 6.2-litre V8 to 757 hp and 777 lb.ft. of torque (from 650 each) and raising performance accordingly. Zero to 100 km/h takes just over three seconds now, and the quarter mile is reached in 10.5 seconds at a top speed of 211 km/h.

The new supercharger is physically bigger – 32 percent larger in displacement (from 1740 cc to 2300) – and its packaging translates into more consistent power delivery, aided by a high-flow air intake system. In fact, 500 lb.ft. of torque is available between 2000 and 6400 rpm.

A unique triple element intercooler provides the consistent temperatures needed to provide even power distribution, and exposure through the car’s hood for additional, convective, cooling and heat extraction.

Other standard equipment includes carbon fibre engine mid-covers, underhood engine plaque with VIN, embroidered floor mats, anodized aluminum door sill plates, interior and exterior badging, key fobs and authenticity documentation. It all adds $16,995 U.S. to the cost of a Corvette Z06 (starting from $79,995 in the U.S.)

Options include a sport exhaust with double-D tips, an embroidered car cover, a short throw shifter, and the chance to take delivery at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

And to keep it all working right for a long time, there is also an optional 5-year/60,000-mile extended powertrain service warranty.

Callaway Cars was formed in 1977, providing turbocharger kits for BMW, Mercedes-Benz, VW and other German engines, but came to prominence with the introduction of the 1987 Callaway Twin Turbo Corvette, which was modified and made available through Chevrolet dealerships.