Callaway Cars has been without new products on the Corvette side of their business since the end of the C7 era in 2019, but it finally looks like that will all be changing in 2022.
The engineering company based in Old Lyme, CT is rumored to have at least four C8 Corvette Stingrays in the shop as Callaway continues its experiments with “some form of positive manifold pressure” on the mid-engine sports cars.
According to the article, Callaway may be targeting its return to coincide with the C8 Corvette Z06 model which is believed to be coming to market in 2022 as a 2023 model year vehicle.
“What we have to do from a product point of view is slotted to the product plan in the correct way,” he said. “And what that means for us is, we can’t compete with any model that General Motors produces, we have to be an additive to whatever model we choose. And whatever model makes the most sense, though we don’t want to be in a position where people have to choose between a Callaway and a General Motors standard product, we want them to always think of the standard product as enhanced by Callaway’s approach. So generally, we choose the top-performing model and do something to it.”
The C8 Corvette Z06 is expected to be powered by the naturally-aspirated 5.5L flat-plane crank V8 engine that will make over 600-hp. To fit in the Callaway model line-up as suggested above, the company is likely eyeing some sort of forced induction method for the car although whether those plans include turbochargers or superchargers is still anyone’s guess.
“It will always be the most performance that you can get in a GM platform vehicle, whether it’s a truck, or a Corvette, Suburban, or Tahoe,” said Callaway. “It always has to be the highest performing of any of those.”
While the C8 Corvette plans remain on the drawing board, for now, the company has recently released the Callaway Silverado Signature Edition with the 6.2L GM V8 fitted with the GenThree TVS R2650 supercharger combined with Callaway’s signature TripleCooled Intercooling process. The result is a Silverado with 602 horsepower and 560 lb-ft of torque. That wheel-spinning power is good for a 0-60 MPH sprint in 4.3 seconds and the quarter-mile in 12.5 seconds at 113 MPH.
As for C8 Corvette enthusiasts wanting a piece of the Callaway magic now, the company has previously shown off their signature wheel package from their partners at OZ wheels, and a C8 aero package with a rear wing and front spoiler will be making its debut later this summer.
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