Callaway Delivers a Big Bang for Big Bucks

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While truckmakers are doing a good job of producing some interesting and powerful special-edition factory pickup trucks, there's a growing number of companies that are doing it better — for a price, of course. Callaway is one of those companies, specializing in creating high-performance vehicles from GM sports cars, full-size SUVs and pickups.

Callaway has been around for decades and is known for its Corvette engine and suspension upgrades, but recently we had the chance to get behind the wheel of a GMC Yukon Denali full-size SUV equipped with several Callaway performance upgrades on the 6.2-liter V-8; it was impressive and tons of fun.

The newest-generation Callaway performance packages for the Chevrolet Silverado 1500s and GMC Sierra 1500s are ready now and can be ordered for either the 5.3-liter V-8 (SC480) or the 6.2-liter V-8 (SC560). The centerpiece of the package is a twin-Vortex supercharger and huge cold air charger intake system. The 5.3-liter V-8 makes 480 horsepower and 477 pounds-feet of torque, while the bigger 6.2-liter V-8 produces 560 hp and 553 pounds-feet of torque.

During our drive of the new SC560 GMC Yukon Denali SUV in the mountains outside Los Angeles, we had a ball carving through canyons and jumping around slower traffic without much effort, due in large part to the supercharger, neck-snapping throttle response and road-hugging 22-inch 285/R45 Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza tires on Callaway custom wheels. The Callaway package also offers a host of other cosmetic and light performance parts if you want to — and can afford to — check all the boxes. Just be mindful of the cost.

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The Callaway sports truck kit designed for the Silverado or Sierra 1500s with the larger V-8 starts at just more than $17,000 and includes the next-generation supercharger kit, intercooler, special intake, high-flow dual exhaust, exterior badging, carbon fiber engine cover, floormats and a limited three-year/36,000-mile warranty. But if you want more, you can opt for brake and suspension upgrades, wheel and tire improvements, as well as an extended warranty and other interior modifications.

The GMC Yukon Denali we drove had the full performance kit, suspension, brakes and interior mods, all of which added more than $35,000 to the price of a brand-new Yukon Denali, meaning the SUV that sat underneath us had a total price hovering around $110,000 out the door. That's busts our budget, but we know there are plenty of people looking for unique vehicles who don't let cost worry them. For them, a Callaway upfit could be the perfect fit.

We've heard nothing about Chevrolet or GMC offering an SS special edition with a kit like Callaway's for the all-new 2019 Silverado and Sierra 1500s, but it sure would make our next sports truck contest an interesting match. Now if Callaway would up the ante by modifying Ford and Ram pickups, we could have a full-blown sports truck renaissance on our hands. Wouldn't that be nice?

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Comments

Gm will be releasing a 4.2l tt v8 in a cadillac very shortly.

Power will be 500 and 550 hp in the two versions. Handbuilt in Bowling Green.

You can bet the redesigned escalades will get this in a year or two. Callaway may need to lower the price on the upgrades, lol.

I would also imagine a slightly detuned version that can be mass produced will be showing up in high trim GM trucks after that.

I have been begging for a small displacement turbocharged v8.

Thank you GM👍

I would much prefer to see Callaway's approach focused on the sort of driving that most of do. A Denali on the interstate ALREADY has a surplus of power.

Where a heavy vehicle like the Denali needs the extra oomph is during typical boulevard driving, pulling away from a dead stop, merging on the suburban thoroughfares and pulling out into traffic.

This is exactly where the new RAM approach to hybrid comes in. Would love to see Callaway do something like that for the GM and Ford folks who want a upgrade to their daily drivers.

@ papajim

and somehow the 500+ hp supercharged V8 doesn't give you the "boulevard driving" characteristics your looking for?

Now you'd rather have a bolt on hybrid than a larger displacement, or higher output v8?

The difference between your turd of a hybrid Ram offers and this is that the supercharger is basically doing the same thing the hybrid does, but doesn't run out of battery pack in 5 minutes.

Now it's as fast as a factory Navigator. Not bad for $110k right?

The difference between your turd of a hybrid Ram offers and this is that the supercharger is basically doing the same thing the hybrid does, but doesn't run out of battery pack in 5 minutes.
Posted by: andrwken | Mar 29, 2018

@andrwken

Sounds like you took it personally. Seek treatment before it's too late.

You can get a fully factory warranted blown Colorado/Canyon with hghflow exhaust for less then $9,000, not sure where Calloway is coming up with the extra $8,000 .
In fact there are 2 companies making superchargers for the little twins, one that is $5k,makes hp at a hi rpm, the better one is is $9k and makes hp an torque at normal driiving rpm's

hey, redbloodedxy, you need to read up on the new Ram before commenting. and I am not a Ram guy

This is exactly where the new RAM approach to hybrid comes in. Would love to see Callaway do something like that for the GM and Ford folks who want a upgrade to their daily drivers.

Posted by: papajim | Mar 29, 2018 8:50:00 AM

Didn't the GM 900T hybrid trucks more or less do what the new Ram is doing? Much like the "Ram box" that was lifted from the 2002 Avalanche, and the rear coil spring suspension that was found on the 2000 GM SUVs. Next thing you know Ram will invent 4 wheel steering system.

@Jack

short answer: No.

GM's approach to hybrid SUVs and half ton pickups was expensive and it was only available on upmarket trims. It also used a CVT transmission.

RAM's mild hybrid will be STANDARD on the V6 right on down the price-list to the base models. It will also be available on the HEMI and boost that already strong V8 in ways that we can only look forward to seeing when they debut later in the spring.

Huge difference.

The difference between your turd of a hybrid Ram offers and this is that the supercharger is basically doing the same thing the hybrid does, but doesn't run out of battery pack in 5 minutes.
Posted by: andrwken | Mar 29, 2018

@andrwken

Sounds like you took it personally. Seek treatment before it's too late.


Posted by: papajim | Mar 29, 2018 9:30:53 AM

Right.

You just like to argue for the sake of arguing.

One day it's bring back the big block, next day it's give me a short sighted hybrid.

You must have amazing arguments in your own mind.

@Jack

short answer: No.

GM's approach to hybrid SUVs and half ton pickups was expensive and it was only available on upmarket trims. It also used a CVT transmission.

RAM's mild hybrid will be STANDARD on the V6 right on down the price-list to the base models. It will also be available on the HEMI and boost that already strong V8 in ways that we can only look forward to seeing when they debut later in the spring.

Huge difference.


Posted by: papajim | Mar 29, 2018 9:47:32 AM

Long answer. Your wrong again. See below.


"Both the Silverado and Sierra eAssist trucks start life as two-wheel-drive 1500 models equipped with the mid-range 5.3-liter gasoline V-8 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Their electric-assist motors are tied to the accessory drive belt, and can either recuperate energy when the truck is decelerating or contribute 13 horsepower and 44 lb-ft of torque to the V-8’s crankshaft under acceleration. The motor is powered by (or powers) a 0.45-kWh lithium-ion battery (that is 1/200th the size of the Tesla Model S P90D’s battery pack) located underneath the center console between the front seats or, on trucks so equipped, beneath the front bench seat. (“Lithium-ion hybrid battery” and “bench seat” are two features you’ve likely never seen in the same sentence before.) The battery pack is made up of 24 individual lithium-ion cells borrowed from the Chevy Malibu hybrid, and can deliver up to 15 kW of power to the electric motor. The entire system, plus a liquid-cooled underhood power inverter with motor-control software said to be derived from the Chevrolet Volt’s, adds just 100 pounds to the trucks’ curb weights. Besides adding drive torque under acceleration, the electric motor allows the V-8 engine’s cylinder deactivation feature more room to zoom, with the electric boost enabling the engine to run in four-cylinder mode more often. The electric motor and battery also provide engine stop/start functionality. Towing capacity appears to be unaffected, with GMC quoting a 9400-pound tow rating for the Sierra 1500 eAssist, the same as a regular truck with the 5.3-liter V-8, two-wheel drive, and the 3.42:1 rear axle ratio."

It was only a $500 option last I looked and no one wanted it.

So yes in essence it is the same thing. Even Fiat uses GM's cylinder deactivation in the Hemi for the current iteration.

I wouldn't be surprised if they licensed the whole operation from GM.

@andrwken

the article is about boosting the performance of heavy SUVs and pickups. I stand on my comments, and their accuracy.

The Callaway is priced north of $100k according to the article. When I write about big block gasoline engines in pickups and SUVs I'm not talking about six figure price tags. Both approaches have merit.

Don't waste my time with your replies in the future. I'll happily ignore them.

Sorry pops, but andrwken got your number on this argument.

@andrwken

the article is about boosting the performance of heavy SUVs and pickups. I stand on my comments, and their accuracy.

The Callaway is priced north of $100k according to the article. When I write about big block gasoline engines in pickups and SUVs I'm not talking about six figure price tags. Both approaches have merit.

Don't waste my time with your replies in the future. I'll happily ignore them.


Posted by: papajim | Mar 29, 2018 10:20:07 AM

Then why weren't you telling everyone to buy a GM hybrid when they came out in '16?
Further proof that you shift the goal posts for the sake of argument.

Try posting more factually and you won't get corrected.

You can ignore this post as well.

Sorry pops, but andrwken got your number on this argument.


Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Mar 29, 2018 10:47:49 AM

I'm not trying to P*ss in anyone's cornflakes but this system has been around since the mid-2000's and has been passed by with better tech. Just because they threw it on a Hemi now I'm supposed be wow'ed by it?

Why someone would get all nutty over this because instead of a hybrid someone is branding it as a torque multiplier just shows how easy it is to sway opinion. I can now do a better burnout, but I can't really haul anymore down the highway?

Give me a locomotive style hybrid in a truck and it will outperform all others. Or give me a small displacement V8 with forced induction so I can get reliability and power.

As I said I look forward to seeing what GM does with that TTV8 from Cadillac. It won't be a halo motor forever.

GM e-assist explained.

http://www.cdmc.ca/blog/what-is-eassist/

If I had an extra 17-35 grand to burn on a new truck or SUV it would probably be in interior comforts or features, and suspension upgrades. Primarily at least. If I was going to spend that much on say a Yukon like the one in the article I probably would have more than enough money to not care what the cost was.

If you want a high performance engine in a truck just go out and buy a stock F-150 with the 3.5 Eco-Boost

If you want a high performance engine in a truck just go out and buy a stock F-150 with the 3.5 Eco-Boost

Posted by: Ecoboost Rules | Mar 29, 2018 3:00:19 PM

Sorry but most people want real reliable power that actually sounds good too. No fake sounds from the speakers. These things would kill the ecocrap. Not even in the same league.

Sorry but most people want real reliable power that actually sounds good too. No fake sounds from the speakers. These things would kill the ecocrap. Not even in the same league.


Posted by: What the heck | Mar 29, 2018 3:54:13 PM

Sorry, but people think otherwise. 65% for F150 sold are equipped with Ecoboost, and plenty running around reliably. You're delusional.

You failed.

65% for F150 sold are equipped with Ecoboost
And 1% running around reliably.

This is exactly where the new RAM approach to hybrid comes in. Would love to see Callaway do something like that for the GM and Ford folks who want a upgrade to their daily drivers.

Posted by: papajim | Mar 29, 2018 8:50:00 AM


The 2019 Ram's hybrid system doesn't give a boost off the line as some "journalists" have incorrectly reported. The engine's torque isn't boosted off the line. The electric motor takes the place of the gasoline engines. Ram engineers made that pretty clear in interviews back during the initial unveiling.

@ redblood

The navigator can't match the 6.2L in escalades.. Plus not as reliable

@ ecoboost rules

I'll take any 6.2l over your gerbil engine any day...bring your truck down... Ill take my 6.2l against it any day, heck my 5.3l on E85 beat my step dads 13 ecobust...

Nice upgrades, but wow at $17k for a supercharger is kinda steep!!! I can purchase a edelbrock eforce for $6500 and another grand to install it plus it gives u 3 year 36k miles warranty.

@ redblood

The navigator can't match the 6.2L in escalades.. Plus not as reliable

@ ecoboost rules

I'll take any 6.2l over your gerbil engine any day...bring your truck down... Ill take my 6.2l against it any day, heck my 5.3l on E85 beat my step dads 13 ecobust...

Nice upgrades, but wow at $17k for a supercharger is kinda steep!!! I can purchase a edelbrock eforce for $6500 and another grand to install it plus it gives u 3 year 36k miles warranty.

Owning a Ford I am cured

My New F-150 is Adored

That Anybody Can Afford

It's My Reward

My Eco-Boost Is Juiced That Can Produce

The 2019 Ram's hybrid system doesn't give a boost off the line as some "journalists" have incorrectly reported. ...Posted by: HD RamKing | Mar 29, 2018

Have you driven one? Let us know when you do.

Have you driven one? Let us know when you do.

Posted by: papajim | Mar 30, 2018 8:43:18 AM

On how the system functions in a drag race scenario:
"So what would happen with this [Hemi E-torque system] is we would start engine [e-torque system] with it very quickly, as I said, in under 4-tenths of a second the engine would be running and [it would] continue to boost as the engine comes up on power. As soon as the engine exceeds the [e-torque's] power, the engine will take over and continue to run on the full performance of the engine."

-Mike Duhaime, FCA Global Electrification Director
https://youtu.be/H5zOvQyfOkc?t=12m9s

Similar statement in Mark's interview:
https://youtu.be/CZ9_wP8YmvU?t=2m10s

He stated earlier that the e-torque motor is rated at 130 lb-ft of torque. Judging by the pulley size, much of that torque is not going to make it to the rear wheels. It's designed to start the engine, assist in powering the accessories, and assist the engine until it can spin to life.

Have you driven one? Let us know when you do.

Posted by: papajim | Mar 30, 2018 8:43:18 AM

On how the system functions in a drag race scenario:
"So what would happen with this [Hemi E-torque system] is we would start engine [e-torque system] with it very quickly, as I said, in under 4-tenths of a second the engine would be running and [it would] continue to boost as the engine comes up on power. As soon as the engine exceeds the [e-torque's] power, the engine will take over and continue to run on the full performance of the engine."

-Mike Duhaime, FCA Global Electrification Director
https://youtu.be/H5zOvQyfOkc?t=12m9s

Similar statement in Mark's interview:
https://youtu.be/CZ9_wP8YmvU?t=2m10s

He stated earlier that the e-torque motor is rated at 130 lb-ft of torque. Judging by the pulley size, much of that torque is not going to make it to the rear wheels. It's designed to start the engine, assist in powering the accessories, and assist the engine until it can spin to life.

I presume that means you have NOT driven one.

@HD Ram King: I believe that some additional off the line torque will be felt over that of the base engine powertrain. How much extra torque? We won't know until some independent dyno testing is done.

We won't know until some independent dyno testing is done.
Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Mar 31, 2018

Just let us know when you drive one. Seat of the pants feedback is good enough for us to know if the E-torque concept works or not.

Hint: adding 90 pounds-feet of torque to a 3.6 L six cylinder's off the line performance should be impressive.

Have you driven one? Let us know when you do.

Posted by: papajim | Mar 30, 2018 8:43:18 AM

On how the system functions in a drag race scenario:
"So what would happen with this [Hemi E-torque system] is we would start engine [e-torque system] with it very quickly, as I said, in under 4-tenths of a second the engine would be running and [it would] continue to boost as the engine comes up on power. As soon as the engine exceeds the [e-torque's] power, the engine will take over and continue to run on the full performance of the engine."

-Mike Duhaime, FCA Global Electrification Director
https://youtu.be/H5zOvQyfOkc?t=12m9s

Similar statement in Mark's interview:
https://youtu.be/CZ9_wP8YmvU?t=2m10s

He stated earlier that the e-torque motor is rated at 130 lb-ft of torque. Judging by the pulley size, much of that torque is not going to make it to the rear wheels. It's designed to start the engine, assist in powering the accessories, and assist the engine until it can spin to life.


Posted by: HD RamKing | Mar 30, 2018 6:46:59 PM

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So basically, it's a hybrid, and as soon as the motor exceeds 130ft. lbs. of torque, it will shut off?

It's a hybrid start stop with little to no advantage in real world towing or working applications.

Now will they advertise it as some huge performance boost and get all the people who have no clue to run around and tell people how powerful their truck is?

Meanwhile naturally aspirated GM small blocks and TTV6 Fords blow this thing out of the water due to real world always available performance....

If this is true it's worse than I originally thought.

Hint: adding 90 pounds-feet of torque to a 3.6 L six cylinder's off the line performance should be impressive.
Posted by: papajim | Apr 2, 2018 8:05:05 AM

But you're not adding 90 lbs ft to 269 off the line. You'll be adding 90 to about 100 lbs ft. It will probably be equal to or slightly less than what the engine produces. I'm sure you'll notice a difference and will probably feel like a diesel.

I think Ford was also working on something similar too maybe 10 years ago. As I recall they were was using a hydraulic accumulator to capture braking energy and then releasing it to help get the trucks off the line.

@Jack

You're confused.

The peak torque in a typical six cylinder these days is not on tap till the (warmed-up) engine's up around 1800--2000 RPMs or so.

Having the electric motor's peak torque available instantly in a cold motor is a huge improvement over the gas engine minus E Torque. Please take my advice and test drive one as soon as they're on the lots.

Compare. You'll appreciate it, I promise.

@papjim
Peak torque for this 3.6 is 269 at 4200 RPM. At 1800 it may make 1/2 of that if your lucky. So off the line 1200-2000 RPM you'll have something like a 100-135 lbs ft. of torque plus 90. So by the time the engine hit peak torque at 4200 RPM the system will be off.

@Jack

In most truck and passenger car engines today the peak torque---as you correctly pointed out---is higher than my previous remark stated.

I meant to say that a high percentage of peak torque is available at 1800-2000 rpm or thereabouts.

Pulling away from a dead stop in the morning, esp. with a cold motor, requires a lot of throttle in a pickup, even more if you're talking about a typical six cylinder.

The E-Torque will be an awesome improvement over the base engines in other half ton trucks. I'll be very surprised if Ford does not offer a variation on E-Torque with its base 3.3 V6 very soon. The math just makes sense.

Simple and nice blog, I like it. Look forward to your update!

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