If you had a C7 Corvette would buy the Callaway "Aero-Back"?
The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette‘s on-sale date still is months away, but Callaway Cars already has plans for a conversion. Callaway’s idea is to turn the coupe into a shooting brake—uppity British slang for an exotic two-door station wagon. As it turns out, most Americans aren’t familiar with that expression, so Callaway calls the conversion the AeroWagon.
Essentially, the Callaway “aero-back” replaces the rear decklid and is made using the Krämer Resin Transfer Molding process, which forms structural carbon parts. The new closure uses the stock hinge and closing plate pieces and is expected to weigh about as much as the standard decklid. The California coachbuilder has said the AeroWagon will cost $15,000 above the standard Vette’s base price, which we suspect will be just north of $50,000.
There have been no aerodynamic tests on the Callaway lid as yet, but the company is saying the car should be capable of 200-plus-mph in shooting-brake form. We weren’t sure how the Stingray’s new 450-hp, 6.2-liter small-block V-8 could possibly propel the shooting brake to 200 mph, but Callaway revealed that it is again planning its own upgrade of the Chevy mill. At this point it’s unknown if it will feature turbo- or supercharged assistance, but expect output to reach 620 horsepower. As it has for the past quarter of a century, Callaway will do all this with blessing (and, more important, a warranty backup) from Chevrolet. Expect Callaway to have crossed all its Ts and Js with regard to the AeroWagon by the time the 2014 Corvette goes on sale this fall.
Callaway Plans Shooting Brake for 2014 Corvette