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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

You Can Have a Corvette Wagon by the End of 2016


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In 2013, Connecticut tuning firm Callaway Cars made a big splash when it revealed its sleek “AeroWagen” concept, essentially a seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette with the tail of a wagon.
It had all the joie de vivre of the shapely Ferrari FF “shooting brake” with the V8 fury that Corvette owners have come to know and love. 
Shortly after, the company nearly broke the Internet when it announced it would put the AeroWagen package into production for 2014. But the project has gone relatively cold for the last three years. That is, until now.

Callaway now says it will begin converting C7 Corvettes into sporty AeroWagens, and the first few will be ready by the fourth quarter of 2016. Oh yes. Wagon fans, rejoice!

Need one in your life? Callaway says all C7 Chevrolet Corvettes coupes are welcome, from bone stock Stingrays all the way up to Callaway’s tuned-up 757 horsepower monsters.
The conversion process sees a one-piece carbon fiber roof added at the sports car’s rear, which creates a larger hatch area and increased access to the boot. Additionally, the firm notes a slight increase in aerodynamic
Callaway does ensure the Corvette’s lovely rear fascia stays unmodified, as does its standard targa roof, meaning you can still pop off the top even with a backend chock full of hatchback.

The firm does draw a line in the sand however, noting that there isn’t any space to add rear seats and there won’t be a four-door version available (for that, there’s always the Z06-engined Cadillac CTS-V). That said, all of the AeroWagen’s body modifications are said to be completely reversible, and Callaway tells us the conversion could be installed or removed in a matter of hours.


So why the long delay? Callaway’s Mike Chessnoe tells us the project was put on the back burner while the firm developed their 757-horsepower “SC757” Corvette Z06 package and Corvette GT3-R. Now, the team is blazing ahead and plans to have the first few complete by the end of the year.

The price? Chessnoe says it’s still tentative, but the team is aiming for the same $15,000 mark as was announced in 2013 (plus an extra $1,500 for painted carbon fiber). Callaway will perform its Corvette-to-wagon conversions at its shops in Connecticut and California.