Connecticut-based tuning company Callaway Performance has unveiled its new lightweight forged alloy wheels that it developed specifically for the mid-engine C8 Corvette Stingray.
The Callaway forged aluminum wheels, which were developed in partnership with well-known wheel manufacturer O.Z. Racing, are a half-inch wider in the front and rear than the stock wheels that come on the C8 Corvette, filling out the sports car’s wheel arches to give it an improved stance and better overall appearance. Callaway says the wheels will still utilize the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S OE tire fitments and compounds developed for the C8, however, so buyers won’t need to buy all-new rubber and can fit the tires that are offered on the vehicle from the factory.
Despite being a half-inch wider than the stock wheels, these nine-spoke alloys are a full 26 pounds lighter than the OEM wheels that come on the C8 Corvette. They will be offered in five finishes: Matte Bronze, Satin Black, Gloss Titanium Black Chrome and Ceramic Polished, the last of which is shown on the vehicle pictured in this article. Prices start at $6,490 including the Callaway center caps and a nickel-chrome plated lug nut set.
Callaway is known for its supercharged engine tuning programs for the Chevy Corvette, but the C8 Corvette’s encrypted ECU has prevented the company from being able to make any significant upgrades to the 6.2L LT2 V8 engine at this time. That means that lightweight wheels like these, and maybe some extra-sticky track-day tires, are among the most effective upgrades C8 Corvette owners can make to their vehicles at this time. Callaway says its engineers are “working on developing powertrain offerings as well,” but the aftermarket has yet to successfully crack the vehicle’s locked ECU, so these engine upgrades are probably still quite a long way off.
Check out the video embedded below to learn a bit more about Callaway’s new forged alloy wheels for the C8 Corvette.