Notice something different in this photo?
For over 40 years, Callaway Cars has been building some of the best, most well-regarded and sought-after specialty performance vehicles around, with a particular penchant for the Corvette. Unsurprisingly, the company appears to have something in store for the new 2020 model - the first rear-mid-engine production Corvette ever - and we've just gotten our first teaser image.
Shown here, Callaway Cars has taken the factory split-rear-exit exhaust and its complementary OEM rear fascia, and replaced both with its own in-house-developed parts. The First Phase Callaway C8 Corvette will feature a distinctive, fifth-generation Callaway "Double-D" exhaust with center-mounted outlets, and a restyled rear valance to suit.
That bespoke C8 Corvette exhaust has been developed with a new version of Callaway's Single-Acoustic Chamber design, tuned to deliver improved flow and eliminate in-cabin resonances, while offering a more refined exhaust note. It's been coupled with a new set of Callaway-O.Z. Racing Forged 9-spoke alloy wheels, which are currently undergoing testing, and should yield superior handling thanks to a reduction in unsprung and rotating mass.
Still more aerodynamic and styling features are in the works from Callaway, and will be announced in the coming months, the company says. But the company won't stop there; the folks at Callaway are also hard at work developing a few powertrain offerings, and a line of track day-specific upgrades.
Considering what Callaway Cars did with the C7 Corvette, including boosting the Z06 model up to 757 peak horsepower from its original 650 and developing a sleek, sexy "Aerowagen" shooting brake package, we can't wait to see what else the company has in store for America's sports car.
That goes double for the C8 Z06, whenever that car arrives. The blue-collar supercar is slated to pack a high-revving flat-plane-crank V8 displacing 5.5 liters and making north of 600 naturally aspirated horsepower. A specialty vehicle manufacturer could do all sorts of naughty things with a mill like that.
We're getting goosebumps.