If you’ve got it, flaunt it.
That might be the motto for Callaway’s third generation supercharger system that was officially unveiled a couple weeks back at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky.
It looks like an ordinary Stingray (if you can call a Stingray ordinary) sitting in a parking lot…almost, but your friends will know you’ve got something very special as soon as they see the supercharger itself sticking up through the hood.
Callaway says that set-up allows more heat transfer capability and that in turn leads to more power.
And power is definitely one thing this car has plenty of – with its 6.2-liter LT1 V8 cranking out 620 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque that’ll leave just about any challenger in the dust. You’ll also be glad to know that that power won’t cut very much into your fuel economy as the active fuel management system and modulated supercharger valving kick in with their smarts.
Callaway chose an Eaton 2300cc TVS four-lobe high helix rotor pack for its reliability and thermal efficiency. The intake manifold has been tuned for a wide torque band and excellent peak horsepower, and the new triple-element intercooler allows much lower inlet charge air temperatures than single and dual element designs do. In fact, the system is apparently so new and improved that Callaway has patents pending with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
The company plans to charge $22,995 for the conversion, which also includes an improved exhaust system, embroidered floor mats, new door sill panels, Callaway badging inside and out, a build plaque on the supercharger, and documentation to prove you have an authentic Callaway, plus a 3-year/36,000 mile warranty.
Of course, Callaway will be competing with the 2015 Z06, which produces about the same horsepower and offers a much bolder exterior design. It’s likely that the Callaway Corvette will be a little lower priced, though we don’t know the official price of the Z06 yet.
Options on the Callaway – including a 5-year/100,000 mile powertrain service contract, tire and wheel packages, and improved suspension, brakes, body and interior equipment still in the works – could bump that $22,995 figure up considerably.
Isn’t it great to have so many options, though, when it comes to the Stingray?
Here’s the official press conference from the NCM and stick around until the end as we get a quick ride down I65 in the Arctic White Callaway.
Click here to download the official press release from Callaway Cars.
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