• Aug 25, 2010
The power-driven minds at Callaway are looking to sink their teeth into the performance pickup truck market. According to PickupTrucks.com, the company has already laid its hands on a new Chevrolet Silverado 1500, complete with a 6.2-liter V8 cranking out 403 horsepower and 417 lb-ft of torque, and has begun exploring potential performance enhancements. We're guessing that means there will be a crap ton more power coming from that mill by the time all is said and done, but there's indication that the final product will be more than a truck with a blower.

Callaway has a reputation for turning mild-mannered Chevrolet vehicles into all-out supercars, complete with a host of suspension upgrades. Whether the company decides to put a Silverado on the ground in the same vein as the old Ford F-150 SVT Lightening or rework the springs for off-road domination in aims of toppling the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor remains to be seen. We're personally hoping for the latter, but the truth is anything with the Callaway name on it tends to point our imaginations in the fun direction.


[Source: PickupTrucks.com | Image: Drew Phillips/Copyright ©2010 AOL]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Sweet!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am not opposed to tuning and tricking out a truck; I just think that it ought to be done toward accentuating what a truck is good for rather than trying to turn it into a sports car or family hauler. Give it all kinds of off-road and/or trailer pulling badassedness.
      • 4 Years Ago
      WHY?

      No matter what they do, it will be a horribly compromised vehicle. If you want utility get a truck. If you want high-performance, get a sports car. Merging the two will get you a vehicle that isn't quite as high-performance as it's price might suggest (and $10 says that all that "high-performance will JUST be in a straight line), and compromise most of it's utility.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ah yes, the SRT10 RAM...nothing says 'sporty driving' like a 2-foot-long manual shift lever, 5 turns lock-to-lock and a 6-foot-tall front grille that is like pushing a 2-story house into the wind. No doubt tarted-up trucks are fun toys, but nobody takes them seriously as performance vehicles outside a drag strip.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You just don't get it. You must not be a truck lover. And that is ok. Tuned trucks can still pull a trailer and hold tons of stuff.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Someone doesn't know Callaway too well and hasn't researched the SRT/10 Ram, F-150 Lightning, Chevy Silverado SS (not the SS454 from the early 90s), Roush F-150, Saleen S331, and Joe Gibbs Racing Silverado.

        Callaway builds high performance cars that are meant for both straight line and track performance. Not only was the Callaway Sledgehammer Corvette the fastest street-legal car in the world when it first debuted, but it handled like no other car on the market and till this day can still outhandle most modern high performance cars.

        The F-150 Lightning handled just as good as the 2003-2004 Mustang Cobra, but it lacked the power to keep up with it around the track. It was also quite useful with a 6ft. bed. I've seen quite a few owners throw their crotch rocket in the bed.

        The SRT/10 Ram was the same way, except it didn't really handle as good as the car its engine came from. But it has been praised for how well it handled and often has been called a sports car with a truck bed. Like the F-150 Lightning, it was very useful, even more useful than the Lightning considering the longer and wider bed. Buddy of mine uses it to transport materials from Home Depot to a house he's flipping (he's a professional flipper).
        • 4 Years Ago
        But what if you want a sports car but too fat to fit into it? Bammm, Callaway Silverado.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I understand your view on "performance trucks" , why make them... but then I ask you this:

        Why make a performance 4 seater sports car? Why make a performance 4 door sedan (M3, M5, AlpinaB7, CTSV,C63, CLS63AMG, E55/E63, RS4, RS6, Panerama.

        Everyone knows a 2 door sports car outhandles a 4 door. So why take a 4 door and make it ride rougher and "try" to drive like a sports car. Why not just buy a 2 door one instead? With 2 seats. it will be faster, handle better etc.

        People want MULTIPLE things in 1. I wouldn't be against a fast truck. Would I view it as a sports car... hell no, but I'd appreciate it for what it is.


        Why do they make AFTERMARKET parts for cars. If you want a faster car, go buy the faster car! Don't buy a slower car and try to make it faster. Certain vehicles appeal to certain people, I would love to have a 550hp Kayak, Bike, Weekend Plywood getter sitting in my driveway.

        I love aftermarket tuned cars. Especially when the tuner is trusted, respected, experienced and produces top notch products and doesn't eff up your car like some tuners.

      • 4 Years Ago
      So basically what folks at peformancetrucks.net and other sites have been doing for a long long time. Trucks have iron block LS engines (well, for the most part), it isn't very hard to make them a lot faster. People have made 800rwhp out of the little 4.8L with factory reliability and upon teardown just for inspection found no bearing wear or cap walk. Put it back together and let it eat. The 6.0L is arguably the best engine to come out of Detroit ever seeing as how you can buy a used long block for under $1k and with not even pulling the oil pan or intake make well over 700rwhp with a 75mm (Borg Warner S400 75mm is very popular for $599 brand new) or up turbo and tuning. If you pop it, get another shortblock for a couple hundred bucks and you're back to the races.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Raptor is both a good off-road runner and still maintains most of the utility of the regular F-150.

      A Callaway modded car is by all respects a track monster decked out to supercar standards. This Silverado would be more along the lines of a Ram SRT-10 than a Raptor
      • 4 Years Ago
      So proud to live in the state where these guys work (CT).

      I really need to get out to the shop and see them work on some of their stuff. Always liked what Reeves did on the vehicles he worked on.


      I need to see if he wants to work over a G8 GT....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sweet!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Make it a 600+hp mud monster. But I suspect it is a 2wd version, so that just means its going to probably be a newer, bigger Syclone (which is not all bad).
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Cyclone (and Typhoon) were AWD. not a big deal, just sayin
      • 4 Years Ago
      WHY!?!?! To go to the construction site faster? High Performance Trucks are the most impractical than a porsche.
      • 4 Years Ago
      YES!! Another fun truck
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