Chevy figures that buyers who want ultimate power should buy the blown Camaro ZL1, and leave the Z/28 to people who measure their lives by the tenths they shave off lap times.
Connecticut’s Callaway Cars hopes to give drivers the best of both worlds with its latest creation, the supercharged Camaro Z/28 SC652.
No prizes for guessing how much power this monster muscle car has under the hood. The addition of an Eaton TVS supercharger to the Z/28’s 7.0-liter V8 nets 652 horsepower and 620 pound-feet of torque, which is more than the outgoing Corvette ZR1, the SRT Viper and the new Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4.
It’s also enough to get the Callaway Z/28 form 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, and through the quarter mile in 11.5 seconds.
In addition to the supercharger, the Callaway treatment includes a retuned ECU, less-restrictive intake and exhaust systems, a liquid-to-air intercooler, and other tweaks.
That’s on top of the changes Chevy made to the standard Camaro to make it into a dedicated track car. Those include stiffer suspension, Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes, enhanced aerodynamics, and an interior stripped of every luxury and convenience.
The Callaway SC652 conversion costs $19,995, on top of the $75,000 base price of a stock Camaro Z/28. Only 10 will be made, and Callaway says two have already been spoken for.
If you can’t get your hands on one of these rare beasts, Callaway also offers supercharger kits for the Camaro SS, as well as a litany of performance upgrades for the Corvette, SS sedan, and full-size Chevy trucks.