Jay Leno plus a Callaway Corvette equals YouTube gold.
The Callaway Corvette AeroWagen is real... and pretty. A project more than four years in the making, the company released the car in full earlier this February, and quickly handed it over to Jay Leno so he could take it for a spin. Founder Reeves Callaway and his son Peter were on hand to make sure Leno got the full rundown on the car.
Available exclusively to C7 buyers, the AeroWagen package costs Corvette owners an extra $14,990 (approx. $20,000 CAD) on top of the price of a standard C7. In this application, it produces 757 horsepower and 777 pound-feet of torque, which itself is another $17,995 (approx. $24,000 CAD) on top of the base Corvette’s 455 horsepower.
But as Leno notes, it’s definitely worth it, even with an eight-speed automatic. "There’s no better performance bargain than a Corvette," he says, and with the additional $33,000 (approx. $44,000 CAD) or so worth of upgrades on this particular Callaway, that still makes it cheaper and more powerful than Italian exotics like the Ferrari 488 GTB and Lamborghini Huracan.
For Callaway, the AeroWagon – and most of its other high-horsepower projects – stem from an unlikely suspect: the Alfa Romeo GTV6. Based on the success of the more powerful Maserati Biturbo, Alfa called upon the American tuner to give its GTV6 even more power with an added turbocharger. Only 30 of those turbocharged Alfas were built before the automaker left the country entirely
More than 30 years later, Callaway has since switched over to superchargers, citing a more linear power delivery, with a focus mostly on American sports cars like the Corvette. Still, the roots of Alfa are evident within the Callaway culture, and the AeroWagen is proof of that.