Originally, Callaway Cars wasn’t expected to show off its version of the C8 Corvette until Chevrolet debuted the 2023 Z06. Well, it seems the recent teasers have been enough as the GM-exclusive retrofit company announced its plan to unveil the Callaway C8 Corvette Launch Edition this week at the 2021 Corvettes Meet in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, scheduled for Thursday, March 26th. August to Saturday, August takes place 28.
Callaway C8 Corvette Launch Edition: What To Expect
With the announcement came some CAD teaser renders of the Callaway C8 Corvette. On them we see a massive rear wing similar to the Callaway Competition C7 GT3 racing car, a D-shaped exhaust that is center-mounted like the new Z06, along with a unique set of wheels and rocker panels to complete the look. At first glance, it doesn’t seem like a widebody design, but we’ll know for sure later in the week.
Owner and founder Reeves Callaway has stated that the C8 Corvette Stingrays, which the company acquired for prototyping, all experienced “some kind of positive manifold pressure,” suggesting the use of turbochargers or superchargers. Given that the 6.2L LT2 V8 in the C8 Corvette Stingray shares the same engine architecture as other Gen. V small block engines such as the LT1 and LT4 in the Camaro and C7, it doesn’t take a wild guess to assume a supercharged V8 is likely to be in at least one of those Callaway C8 Corvettes that are being tested.
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However, as we’ve fully reported, such modifications require access to the C8 Corvette’s engine control module in order to properly tune things like air / fuel ratio, spark, and timing. Without built-in tuning, it is unlikely that Callaway would offer the package. So we ask ourselves: Has Callaway been given special access to the C8 Corvette control unit? We will know exactly in the next few days.
Callaway products are positioned so that they do not directly compete with General Motors factory offerings. One look at the Callaway portfolio implies just that. Chevrolet doesn’t make a supercharged Silverado, but Callaway will build you one. Chevrolet also doesn’t offer a supercharged V6 in the Colorado. But Callaway will build one for you. Chevrolet never offered a Corvette Shooting Brake either, but Callaway will also build you one in the form of the AeroWagen.
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