Photos: Callaway Cars
The Callaway Silverado "C19" SportTruck has arrived. Callaway Cars, the legendary American tuning house known for powerfully modifying Chevrolet Corvettes and Camaros, has released photos and info about its first-ever high-performance full-size pickup truck.
Based on the current Chevy Silverado 1500 half-ton, Callaway is amping up both the 5.3-liter V-8 and 6.2-liter V-8 haulers with Eaton's Twin Vortices Series roots-type superchargers. The same superchargers are used to boost power to stratospheric levels in the Chevrolet ZR-1 and Cadillac CTS-V.
Callaway's powertrain tweaks also feature an air-to-liquid intercooler system plus high-capacity fuel injectors and a high-flow air intake system.
The bottom line is 450 horsepower high up the curve (at 6,200 rpm) and 450 pounds-feet of torque (at 4,000 rpm) in the 5.3 and 540 horses (at 6,200 rpm) and 522 pounds-feet (at 3,800 rpm) in the 6.2, according to Callaway's website. That's an increase of 135 hp and 115 pounds-feet of torque over the stock 5.3 and 137 hp and 105 pounds-feet over the stock 6.2.
Despite the huge performance gains, Callaway promises the trucks will keep the same fuel economy ratings as the standard Silverado, which the EPA rates at 15/21 mpg city/highway for the 5.3 4x2 and 13/18 mpg for the 6.2 4x2.
Other Callaway improvements include carbon-fiber injector covers, a low-restriction exhaust system, embroidered headrests and floormats and Callaway badging and key fobs. A three-year, 36,000-mile warranty is standard.
Optional upgrades include chrome-coated supercharger housing, Callaway nine-spoke alloy wheels paired with BFGoodrich tires, Callaway suspension and LeMans GT brakes, a sport interior package, tonneau cover, a five-year/100,000 mile extended warranty, and you can pick up your Callaway pickup at the factory.
The Callaway Silverado package starts at $15,995, before options. It's available for two-wheel and four-wheel-drive trucks in any cab style or bed length.
We'll take a regular cab short box C19, please.
[Source: Callaway Cars]