Chevrolet made waves by premiering the track-tuned, 640-horsepower Camaro ZL1 this week, but just days later, famed tuner Callaway is looking to one-up General Motors by announcing its own version of the iconic pony car.
By the end of 2016, customers will be placing orders for the Callaway Camaro SC740, which is expected to boast a whopping 740 horsepower as its name suggests. Currently, the most potent ‘Maro made by Callaway is the SC610, so the SC740 is sure to make muscle car fans weak in the knees.
At the heart of the SC740 will be Callaway’s GenThree Supercharger system, which bolts up to the vehicle’s Corvette-sourced V8 and replaces the ZL1’s stock blower setup. Rotor pack displacement jumps from 1740cc all the way up to 2300cc in Callaway’s hands, and in combination with the new supercharger housing and integrated intake manifold, it results in more airflow and much more power. To keep things running smoothly the hood, Callaway will also add its TripleCooled intercooler system. Buyers will be able to choose from the six-speed manual or all-new 10-speed automatic gearbox.
Callway has not disclosed any enhancements to the suspension, aerodynamics, or aesthetics over the standard car, but all the track-focused goodies from the ZL1 will carry over. That means the SC740 will ride on a lighter, stiffer platform than its predecessor, one accompanied by GM’s trick Magnetic Ride suspension and electronic limited-slip. The coupe-only model will also offer a Driver Mode Selector, a Performance Data Recorder, launch control, Performance Traction Management, and a dual-stage exhaust to scare the neighbors.
Outside of a few new badges, Callaway’s version should look no different from the ZL1, but that isn’t exactly a bad thing. The vehicle’s bad intentions are showcased through the styling, which is equal parts aggressive, modern, and downright mean. It’ll surely be a harrowing sight as it pulls into your rear-view on track day, but from the look of things, it won’t stay there for long.
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