LA Auto Show: Callaway debuts C16, 0-60 in 3.3 sec

Callaway Cars debuted the C16 today at the LA Auto Show, which garnered the relatively small coach builder a lot of attention. The 16th built-to-order Callaway model in the company's history, the C16 is based on the Chevy Corvette C6 platform and adds a supercharger to the Vette's 6.0-liter LS2 V8. The blower increases the engine's power to 616 bhp and 582 ft-lbs. of torque, which makes for some impressive numbers. 0-60mph in 3.3 seconds. The quarter mile in 10.9 seconds. A top speed of 206 mph. And considering the green theme of this year's LA Auto Show, we should also mention the C16 gets 18mpg city/28 mpg highway. It's also compliant with GM's 5-year/100,000-mile warranty and supplemented by Callaway's own 5-year/100,00-mile warranty that covers Callaway-installed hardware. The design is classic Callaway, which should be expected from designer Paul Deutschman who has spent twenty years with the company. From many angles, however, the C16 is the spitting image of a last-gen Camaro. Like we said, classic Callaway. The price for a coupe is bit steep at $119,865, but that's not so bad for a hand-crafted 3.3-second car that gets 28 mpg and is backed with a manufacturer's warranty.

More live shots and Calloway's press release can be found after the jump.




First Look at Callaway Cars' Newest Statement of "Powerfully Engineered

OLD LYME, CONNECTICUT (November 30, 2006) – Callaway Cars today unveiled its
Callaway C16 – the 16th in an impressive lineup of exclusive, built-to-order Callaway
automobiles. Based on the current Chevrolet Corvette platform, the C16 takes
performance and style to the next level, with 616 supercharged bhp and 582 lb-ft of
torque. The new sports car incorporates Callaway's race-proven technologies,
superlative craftsmanship and arresting style.

"The C16 says exactly what we want to say about the capabilities at Callaway Cars: It's
gorgeous, it has class-leading performance-and it's a true daily driver based on one of
the best sports car platforms ever made." says company founder Reeves Callaway.

The C16 was drawn and modeled by designer Paul Deutschman, who has a twenty-year
portfolio of Callaway designs. "He is the architect of the Callaway look-from the 254
mph Sledgehammer and our C4-based Le Mans race cars to the C7, the C12 and now
the C16," says Callaway. The car's handcrafted bodywork replaces every panel of the
standard body to achieve its integrated look. The C16 also attains a new level of
manufacturing efficiency. "In making this car we went from CAD design straight to
tooling, bypassing a full-sized model-a first for us," says Callaway. "It's tools like PTC's
Pro/ENGINEER software, our technology partner, that make such efficient car design

The Callaway supercharged 6.0-liter LS2 V8 produces an impressive 616 bhp at 6,200
rpm and develops 582 lb-ft of torque at 4,750 rpm. The Callaway C16 does 0 to 60 in
3.3-seconds, and a quarter mile in 10.9 seconds. Top speed of the manual transmission
coupe is 206 mph. Equally impressive is its fuel efficiency rating of 18 city/28 highway. It
is emission compliant worldwide.

Yokohama "AdvanSport" 295/30ZR19 (front) and 345/25ZR20 (rear) tires complete the
package. "The secret to this level of road-holding starts with the tire," says Callaway. "As
a specialist manufacturer, we are honored to have Yokohama be our exclusive tire
partner, which gives us access to technology that results in our extraordinary
performance numbers."

The car's excellent handling and ride feel are courtesy of the newly developed
Callaway/Eibach Multi-Pro coil-over suspension. This advanced spring/damper system
features ride height, corner weight, and pitch angle adjustability. The aluminum-bodied
dampers feature 10-click-position compression and rebound adjustability and have
remote mounted reservoirs, allowing the driver to control a range of ride stiffness
settings for track or road.

Inside, the C16 cockpit is completely retooled in German leather and Alcantara. Also
fitted are Recaro Pole Position seats with a choice of harnessing styles. Door sill panels,
steering wheel and passenger dash area also carry signature Callaway badging. Each
automobile is serialized and identified by its build plaque. C16s are built to order. Clients
choose body color and interior appointments to individual taste.

The C16's Callaway exhaust system is manufactured from stainless steel and features
Callaway's signature Double-D exhaust tip design. As demonstrated by the car's
horsepower throughput, the exhaust system is the least restrictive and is generally
known as the best-sounding solution for C5- and C6-generation Corvettes.

To bring the Callaway C16 from 200+ mph to rest, Callaway 6-piston front and 4-piston
rear calipers grip 355mm diameter rotors. Super-lightweight Callaway Dymag wheels,
the lightest road wheel in the industry, are fitted in sizes 19-inch x 10 front and 20-inch x
12 rear. The Dymag wheel features a remarkable hybrid of forged magnesium centers
surrounded by carbon fiber rims - another example of Callaway bringing their race
experience to their road cars. Dymag has been supplying advanced road wheels to
Callaway since 1986.

There are three transmission options on the Callaway C16: two 6-speed manual
transmissions (one incorporating the Z51 Performance Package's shorter ratios in the
first four gears), or a 6-speed automatic with paddle shift. The Callaway C16 delivers the
feeling of a fully integrated driver's car, maintaining the company's legendary hallmark of
easy-to-drive, super high-performance road cars.

Callaway C16 automobiles are built by Callaway facilities in California, Connecticut, and
Germany. The Callaway C16 is available exclusively through Callaway Cars' authorized
dealer network in North America, Callaway Competition in Leingarten, Germany, and
CorvetteTotal, Bonstetten, Switzerland.

Pricing for a well equipped C16 coupe is $119,865 USD.

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