If the stock Z06 isn’t enough Corvette for you, you might want to consider talking to the folks at Callaway Cars.
MotorWeek recently spent some time in a 2016 Z06 that’s been treated to the special Callaway magic and not surprisingly they came away very impressed.
In its SC757 Z06, Callaway has upped the horsepower and torque by more than 100, jumping to 757 horsepower over the stock 650 and to 777 lb-ft of torque from 650.
In the real world, those increases translate to an impressive time of 2.8 seconds from 0 to 60, 2-10ths faster than the 7-speed stock version. The Callaway will do the quarter in 10.5 seconds, with a trap speed of 131mph.
So how does all that power feel when you’re behind the wheel?
Says MotorWeek: “When abusing all of that power on a road course; as we’ve found typical with Callaway, this Z06 feels solid and never fragile. Power delivery is simply incredible, as the car pulls like crazy; requiring you to exercise patience with the pedal until you get it fully straightened out on an exit, or be prepared to deal with the consequences. Keep a steady throttle through the corner however, and the car sticks with JB Weld-like grip; and like any ‘vette in recent memory, cornering behavior is both predictable and effortlessly manageable.”
MotorWeek says the Callaway Z06 “is a big beast” on the track but still “feels quite at home no matter how big the track is, or how long the straights may be.”
Like all C7 Corvettes, the Callaway is just as comfortable on city streets as it is on the track. Reports MotorWeek: “Not that you can’t cruise comfortably down to the local cars and coffee hangout; or even back and forth to work every day if you must. Unless of course your neighbors are overly-sensitive to the sounds of 8-cylinders gloriously expelling their triumphant tune through Callaway’s Sport Exhaust System.”
Most of the Callaway package exists under the hood where they increased the size of the supercharger to 2.3 liters, up from the stock 1.7, and added a redesigned intercooler and intake manifold, fed by their high flow cold air intake system
But don’t worry, your friends will still be able to tell you have a Callaway thanks to their AeroSurround hood, badging, and Double-D exhaust tips. Minor interior changes include updated trim, embroidered floor mats, and an emblem on the console.
The SC757 package costs $17,995, with options like sport exhaust and short-throw shifter adding to that total. Depending on what you start out with, a new or used Z06, you could end up below $90,000 in your special Z06 or well north of $100,000.
If you’ve got the dollars, this latest Callaway Corvette sounds like a great way to spend them.
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