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The Trucks Are Notoriously Difficult To Tune

Callaway Cars has shared with us an imminent T1 Chevrolet Silverado performance package, featuring a supercharged V8 under the hood. Happy Sunday!

Beyond the supercharged V8, this Callaway T1 Silverado appears to feature a bespoke carbon fiber grille, door sills, exhaust system, and felted steering wheel.

Callaway Supercharger
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There aren’t a lot of tuned T1 Chevrolet Silverado pickup trucks out there, as they have been reportedly a bear to tune and get right. But there are some examples out there, such as the awesome Yenko Silverado, and even offerings from Hennessey, as well.

Callaway’s entry is significant because the company is known for its quality, and has long been a household name in GM tuning, highlighted by their extraordinary work with the Corvette over the years. Please recall the C7 AeroWagen, for example.

Callaway Chevrolet Silverado T1 Ehxuast
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Expect more details to follow on this exciting new Callaway Chevrolet Silverado 1500 project in the coming days. Total horsepower and torque output, as well as pricing for the package, are still at large.

Along with the Chevrolet Silverado, Callaway offers power upgrades to the Chevrolet Colorado, Chevrolet Camaro, and is hard at work on the C8 Corvette. Last year, the tuning company teased a C8 Stingray with a center-exit exhaust, which helps the car stand out, even by aftermarket standards.

Callaway Chevrolet Silverado Steering Wheel
Image via Callaway.

The achievement made by Callaway is commendable, indeed. However, a refreshed 2022 Chevrolet Silverado and 2022 GMC Sierra are around the corner. And along with significant interior improvements, the updated trucks will introduce fortifications to their engine control units. This is thanks to the implementation of GM’s Global B electrical architecture. There are benefits to this hardware, such as sharper display resolutions, processing speeds, and even OTA updates. The downside? This will encrypt the ECU of the engine, and leave tuners in the same situation they have found themselves with the C8 Corvette: locked out.

Callaway Chevrolet Silverado Exhaust
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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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