Price: $173,000 and up
Power: 650 hp, 600 lb-ft of torque
Claim to fame: The Speedster returneth
Although he started with boosted Bimmers and has dabbled in forced-induction Alfa Romeos and Range Rovers over the years, it's safe to say Reeves Callaway has built his company's reputation largely upon a string of modified Corvettes. His latest model, the C16, follows the same basic formula as his previous creations: make it powerful, pretty, and prestigious.
Callaway’s team starts with a stock Corvette, but thoroughly massages the LS3 underhood with a Roots-type supercharger, forged pistons and connecting rods, a custom hydraulic roller camshaft, a high-flow intake system, and an upgraded fuel delivery system. The entire package boosts power to 650 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. If that’s not enough power for you, an upgraded version adds 50 ponies --along with an extra $68,800 to the price tag.
While other Corvette tuners typically separate performance upgrades from cosmetic alterations, Callaway’s package includes both. The company crafts an all-new body kit for the Corvette, saving only the coupe’s roof panel and hatch, and the convertible’s decklid. Arguably, the soft forms created by the rounded nose and tail sections are exhibited best on the C16 Speedster, which eschews the convertible’s top, windows, and windshield in favor of two small air deflectors.
All C16s receive an all-new coil-over suspension system, which incorporates Eibach Multi-Pro adjustable dampers, along with unique front and rear anti-roll bars. Custom Dymag wheels, which sport carbon fiber rims with magnesium spokes and centers, are also standard, as is an upgraded brake package with six-piston front calipers. A full-leather interior is also standard equipment.
There are few options available for the C16, but considering a coupe starts at $173,000 and a convertible at $182,290, that’s not too surprising. Buyers can opt for special paint for $8960, sport bucket seats for $8970, carbon-ceramic brake rotors for $15,620, and a custom luggage set for $8800. Speedsters carry a base price of $305,000, but they do happen to include both the 700-horsepower engine package and the carbon-ceramic rotors as standard equipment.
Images courtesy of Callaway Cars