supercharger & intercooler
112.9 hp per liter
(from Callaway Cars
Press Release) CALLAWAY C16 SPEEDSTER SET TO MAKE WORLD DEBUT
AT 2007 PEBBLE BEACH CONCOURS dELEGANCE
Flagship Model in C16 Line Defines High-Speed Motoring in its
Purest, Most Exclusive Form: The Made-to-Order Supercar Features
Unrivaled Styling and a 700HP Hand-Built Powerplant
OLD LYME, CONNECTICUT (July 23, 2007) Callaway Cars today
announced it will unveil the C16 Speedster, the third and flagship
model in the C16 lineup, on the concept lawn at the Pebble Beach Concours dElegance, August 18, 2007.
The supercharged and intercooled 700-horsepower Callaway V8 produces
class-leading power. A topless cockpit with twin wind deflectors and
extended headrests, exquisite bodywork, and race-inspired chassis
tuning, the made-to-order C16 Speedster represents a pinnacle in
American supercar design. Much like its spiritual predecessors, the
1990 Callaway Twin Turbo Speedster and 1998 C12 Speedster, the
latest C16 Speedster offers a visceral open-air driving experience
unlike any other.
This is Callaway Cars most exquisite vehicle to date, said
company founder Reeves Callaway. The C16 Speedster marks our 20th
anniversary with Corvette and 30th year in business, and having this
statement of our passion for the automobile featured on the Concept
Lawn at Pebble Beach is a high-water mark for us.
The C16 Speedster was penned and modeled by Paul Deutschman,
architect of the Callaway look and designer of the original 1990
Callaway Twin Turbo Speedster. Every body panel has been designed to
speak to style and function, and a hand-tooled German leather
interior adds exclusivity. Door sills, steering wheel, and dash area
carry signature Callaway badging. Each C16 Speedster is tailored to
the owners taste for interior and exterior color and displays a
numbered build plate. Matching fitted luggage by Schedoni is made
from the same skins as the interior, and are marked with the
For high-speed driving, helmets are incorporated as part of the body
design. A pair of matching, color coordinated, full coverage, carbon
fiber, Formula One Ivos helmets by Stand 21 are captured by the
rear deck bodywork and effectively built into the Speedsters
extended headrests. Moderate-speed cruising uses the twin built-in
wind deflectors, but the innovative Stand 21 helmets are always
available for more spirited motoring.
Underneath the cars stunning bodywork lies the heart of a racecar.
The Callaway supercharged, intercooled, 6.2L all-alloy hand-built
powerplant produces 700hp and 660lb-ft of torque, propelling the
Speedster from 0 to 60 in an estimated 3.2 seconds. Maximum velocity
of the C16 Speedster is over 210 mph.
Overall handling and road feel is transmitted by a newly developed
Callaway/Eibach Multi-Pro supplemental coil-over suspension. This
co-development effort produced an advanced spring/damper system,
featuring 10-position compression and rebound adjustability,
allowing the driver to customize settings for specific road
A unique element the Speedster shares with its C16 siblings Coupe
and Cabrio are Callaway/Dymag Carbon wheels that weigh
approximately 40 percent less than the lightest aluminum wheels,
significantly reducing unsprung weight. These TUV- and DOT-tested
wheels feature forged magnesium spiders surrounded by carbon fiber
rims and measure 19 x 10 front and 20 x 13 rear. Debuting behind
the wheels is the new Callaway / StopTech carbon ceramic brake
system, which utilizes 6-piston front and 4-piston rear calipers
gripping 355mm x 32 mm carbon rotors. The total weight savings from
the combination of carbon/magnesium wheels and carbon ceramic brakes
is 20 pounds per corner, 80 pounds total. This extraordinary weight
reduction benefits the dynamics of road wheel compliance and lowered
rotational inertia as well as decreasing the mass of the vehicle.
Another unique feature of the Callaway C16 automobiles is the
electronic door release system, the DSpot. The Callaway C16s have no
external door handles, resulting in very clean design lines.
Instead, the door opening is triggered by a Callaway development,
the DSpot an area of the bodywork that is touch sensitive.
Touching the DSpot pops the door open. The DSpot feature is
automatically operational when the key fob is within 1 meter of the
The Speedster replaces traditional rearview mirrors with a 3 camera,
closed-circuit system that displays its images on the Panasonic
Strada navigation unit.
The Callaway C16 Speedster is priced at $305,000 USD, inclusive of
all options, and is orderable now. Delivery is three months from
commission. Speedster No.1 of the series is sold and will be
delivered to its new owner at the Pebble Beach debut, August 18 on
the Concept Lawn.
The Callaway C16 Speedster is built at Callaway facilities in
California, Connecticut, and Germany and is available for purchase
exclusively through Callaway Cars authorized dealer network.
Callaway C16 components are also available individually for 2005 -
2007 Corvettes through Callaway authorized retailers and installers.
For additional information on Callaway Cars, its automobiles and
dealer locations, call 860-434-9002 or visit