Will it be that much better than the new Z06?
Earlier this month, American tuning company Callaway released its supercharger kit for a variety of General Motors trucks and SUVs. The supercharger adds up to 182 horsepower, culminating in up to 602 hp from the 6.2-liter V8. A boosted GMC Sierra or Cadillac Escalade sounds pretty fun, but do you know would be even more enjoyable? A Callaway supercharged C8 Corvette.
Just a few months after revealing its 35th Anniversary Package for the 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Callaway will up the ante with a TripleCooled Supercharger System. Though this isn't the first supercharged C8 that we've seen, this one will come with a factory warranty and be sold through Callaway's Authorized Chevrolet Dealer Network.
Callaway will display a prototype version (pictured above in blue) of the supercharged C8 at the 'Corvettes at Carlisle' event in Pennsylvania this weekend. This will be the first chance for anyone to see the car in person. The company says the supercharger kit for the LT2 V8 engine will undergo final engineering, emissions compliance, and performance validation testing in the next several months before production kicks off in early 2023.
As of this writing, performance specifications, pricing figures, and optional equipment lists are not available. The base 6.2-liter engine produces 490 hp (495 hp with the Z51 Package) and 470 lb-ft of torque, which channels to the rear wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. If this new supercharger kit results in similar power gains as the trucks and SUVs, we can expect around 600 hp at a minimum.
That's less than the 670-hp rating of the upcoming Corvette Z06 with its 5.5-liter flat-plane crank LT6 V8, but it could potentially produce a lot more torque (the Z06 is rated at 460 lb-ft). The Z06 will be the better choice for customers who want a high-revving V8, but buyers who prefer supercharger whine and low-end power delivery can check out the Callaway.
Just like any other Callaway product, the supercharged C8 will be backed by a three-year/36,000-mile powertrain warranty, supplementing the factory warranties. Buyers can also select an optional five-year/60,000-mile Powertrain Service Contract from Callaway, which can be serviced at GM dealers.
Interested customers can now place a $1,000 deposit for the kit, which can be installed on any 2020-2023 C8 Stingray as part of Callaway's 2nd Chance program. If you don't already own a Corvette, you can purchase one with the kit already installed after it goes on sale.