Callaway first started tinkering with Corvettes three generations ago with the C4 Corvette, when Reeves Callaway developed a twin-turbo kit in the 1980s. Since then, the company has had their hands on every forthcoming Corvette since.
Motor Trend has also gotten their hands on Callaway’s latest creation, the Corvette SC627, and took it to where it would feel right at home: the track.
Power increases are apparent right away. The addition of Callaway’s Eaton TVS2300 rotor pack bump power up to 627 hp at 6,400 rpm and 610 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm — increases of 167-172 hp and 145-150 lb-ft of torque over the stock Corvette Stingray. If the TVS2300 sounds familiar, that’s because GM used the same pack on the C6 ZR1, which produced 638 hp and 604 lb-ft.
Hallway officially claims the car can reach 60 mph in 3.4 seconds, and the quarter mile happens in 11 seconds flat at 126 mph. MT saw 1.06g average around the skidpad with the optional Z51 suspension, forgoing Magnetic Ride Control on this particular car.
Sure, a new C7 Corvette Z06 reins the best of the Corvette breed, but the Callaway Corvette Stingray will out-gun a standard issue Stingray on the figure-eight and on the dragstrip, creating quite a value proposition. The Callaway Corvette SC627 rings in at $17,995 plus the cost of any trim Corvette Stingray.
MT found the Callaway to be docile on the street, and a monster on the track, a true middle-of-the-road option for those looking for more performance than a standard C7 Stingray, but aren’t seeking out a track-machine embodied in the Z06.
Overall, the Callaway is a great package with subtle styling updates that don’t take away from the car’s striking presence, and plenty of power for those in search of a little forced induction to spice things up.