Earlier this week, Chevrolet launched the 2015 Corvette Z06 at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. For those who can’t wait to get this car or simply want something else, Callaway offers a solution with their 2014 Corvette SC610. The well-known tuning company upgraded the 2014 Corvette Stingray with a new Eaton TVS (Twin Vortices Series) supercharger system, a Callaway Honker high flow intake system and Callaway Double-D stainless steel exhaust system.
As a result, the 6.2-liter V8 engine delivers 610 hp @ 6400 rpm and 556 lb-ft of torque @ 4500 rpm (standard version delivers 450 hp and 459 lb-ft of torque). With these numbers, the 2014 Callaway Corvette SC610 sprints from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 3.5 seconds, runs the quarter mile in 11.0 seconds @ 125 mph and has a maximum lateral acceleration of 1.05 g.
As expected, Callaway didn’t stop here and its 2014 Corvette SC610 was fitted with a carbon hood surround/extractor with “Supercharged” emblems, Callaway exterior badging, new door sill panels, floor mats, underhood plaque with Vehicle Identification Number, a dash plaque and a Callaway key fob.
Still, the 2014 Callaway SC610 is not more powerful than the 2015 Corvette Z06, which is powered by a 6.2-liter LT4 V8 engine rated at 625 hp and 635 lb-ft of torque. We still have to see how fast is the new Z06 comparing it with the Callaway Corvette SC610 which is based on the standard 2014 Corvette Stingray.
According to Ken Parkinson, executive director of global design, the provocative exterior styling of the Corvette Stingray is both functional and elegant. He noted that while developing a new Corvette is every designer's dream, it is not easy work as the goal was to create a bold design statement that doesn’t just convey its advanced technologies, but also boosts its overall performance. This creation is the new Corvette C7 Stingray, which Parkinson calls as a groundbreaking fantastic car that stays faithful to the basic elements that make a Corvette a Corvette.
The new Corvette Stingray certainly contains no detail from its predecessor, and yet it still features the characteristic profile as made possible by its long dash-to-axle ratio and by a greenhouse similar to the canopy of a fighter jets. In this regard, the Corvette Stingray features a design heavily inspired by nature (stingray animal) and aerospace (fighter jet).
Tom Peters, exterior design director, remarked that a new Corvette could only be called a Stingray once it managed to deliver an incredible and purposeful visual impact, which is very apparent in both the stingray animal and in fighter jets. He noted that the beauty of the stingray animal and fighter jets is derived from their purpose, which is to slice through water and air quickly and efficiently. He noted that every transition on every surface of the Corvette Stingray is with a purpose, as elegantly implemented with beauty and proportion.