Callaway Chevrolet Camaro Convertible
While you'll have to dig deep to afford the muscular output from Connecticut-based Callaway Cars, it's always worth it. Recently they dropped off two convertible versions of their latest take on the Chevrolet Camaro, a SC572 manual, and slightly less potent SC552 automatic.
Callaway's Powerfully Engineered Camaros start with two versions of Chevy's 6.2-liter small block V8, completely re-engineered to sport Callaway's signature roots-style supercharged formula. The LS3 6-speed manual SC572 roars with a namesake 572-horsepower, while the L99 6-speed automatic peaks at 552.
That puts them only a tick one side or the other of 4 seconds from 0 to 60. And that's a full second faster than a stock SS droptop. Any owner will want to show off that kind of performance, made even easier with the available PowerWindow hood.
It's offered alone or as part of a package that also adds a full suspension rework, competition braking with 6- piston front and 4-piston rear calipers, custom 20-inch wheels, and carbon fiber trim all around.
But what sets Callaway apart from other specialty manufacturers is how well all the aspects of their designs jell. Smooth and powerful cars win races and win fans for Callaway cars. Both Camaros drive super solid and responsive, especially with the optional suspension, and without the harshness or rough edges that often slip by small makers. Obviously, Callaway's decades of Corvette experience has all been well applied to these Camaros. They're super daily drivers.
And, whoever thought you could get a supercharged Callaway for less than $18,000 over the base price of a stock SS coupe or convertible? And, that's with a full 3-year/ 36,000 mile warranty. Yes, you can pump out another 40-plus grand for all the bells and whistles, but they won't push you back into your seat any faster. The Callaway Camaro is available now.
Engine: 6.2-liter small block V8