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CALLAWAY C8 CORVETTE LAUNCH EDITION TO DEBUT THIS WEEK

The World’s Largest Corvette Show Is Happening From Thursday-Saturday

Callaway C8 Corvette Launch Edition Corvettes at Carlisle
Image via Callaway Cars

Originally, Callaway Cars wasn’t expected to show off its take on the C8 Corvette until Chevrolet debuted the 2023 Z06. Well, it appears the recent teasers were enough, as the GM-exclusive upfitter has announced its plan to reveal the Callaway C8 Corvette Launch Edition this week at the 2021 Corvettes at Carlisle gathering in Pennsylvania, happening from Thursday, August 26 through Saturday, August 28.

Callaway C8 Corvette Launch Edition: What To Expect

With the announcement came a few CAD teaser renderings of the Callaway C8 Corvette. With them, we see a massive rear wing similar to the Callaway Competition C7 GT3 race car, a D-shaped exhaust fitted to the center like the new Z06, along with a unique set of wheels and rocker panels to finish the look. At first glance, it doesn’t appear to be a widebody design, but we’ll know for sure later week.

Owner and founder Reeves Callaway has gone on record in saying that the C8 Corvette Stingrays that the company has acquired for prototyping are all undergoing “some form of positive manifold pressure,” suggesting the application of turbochargers or a supercharger. Considering that the 6.2L LT2 V8 in the C8 Corvette Stingray is the same engine architecture as other Gen.V Small Block engines like the LT1 and LT4 found in the Camaro and C7, it doesn’t take a wild guess to assume that a supercharged V8 is probably in at least one of those Callaway C8 Corvettes undergoing testing.

Callaway Corvette C8 Launch Edition
Image via Callaway Cars

However, as we’ve exhaustively reported, such modifications would require accessing the engine control unit of the C8 Corvette in order to properly tune things like air/fuel ratios, spark and timing. Without integrated tuning, it’s unlikely Callaway would offer the package. Therefore, we’re left wondering: did Callaway get special access to the C8 Corvette ECU? We’ll know for sure in the coming days.

Callaway products are positioned in a way that don’t directly compete with any of factory offerings from General Motors. A look at the Callaway portfolio implies just that. Chevrolet does not make a supercharged Silverado, but Callaway will build you one. Nor does Chevrolet offer a supercharged V6 in the Colorado. But Callaway will build you one. Chevrolet also never offered a Corvette shooting brake, but Callaway will also build you one in the form of the AeroWagen.

Callaway Cars C8 Corvette Launch Edition
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Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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