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Corvette has seen it’s fair share of station wagon conversions over the years. Many have be crudely cobbled together and few look like they could be OEM or the result of GM Design. Well, no more as Callaway Cars has fielded a really nice conversion that will make you forget about station wagons while ushering in a new era of the Corvette Shooting-brake. Check out the Callaway AeroWagen.
For those readers that aren’t familiar with the term “Shooting-brake,” its rooted in the UK and usually signifies a grand touring car suited up for hunting duty, with an elongated roof accommodating dudes, dead ducks and guns.
It’s essentially a hatch lid replacement that adds more space and visually separates your ‘Vette from the 40k Chevy makes every year. AeroWagen package components are supplied ready-to-assemble. No fabrication is required. Carbon fiber moldings are pre-finished with UV protectant surface coat – prepared for paint-to- match options. Rear window panels are tempered safety glass and retain defogger functionality. The standard hatch can be re-installed. Installation is performed at Callaway facilities in Connecticut and California, as well as Callaway Authorized Retailer
According to Callaway:
“In the tradition of coach built shooting brakes, Callaway offers the AeroWagen for any version of the C7 Corvette Coupe. Its components can be fitted to the standard production C7, the Callaway SC627 Stingray or Grand Sport, or the Callaway SC757 Z06.
The AeroWagen hatch assembly is a part-for-part replacement of the original equipment Corvette rear hatch, using the original hardware and latching mechanisms. It operates in an identical fashion.
AeroWagen package components are supplied ready-to-assemble. No fabrication is required. Carbon fiber moldings are pre-finished with UV protectant surface coat – prepared for paint-to- match options. Rear window panels are tempered safety glass and retain defogger functionality. The standard hatch can be re-installed.
Installation is performed at Callaway facilities in Connecticut and California, as well as Callaway Authorized Retailers.
SOME FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- Do I have to purchase a Callaway Corvette to get the AeroWagen package, or can I buy the package for my stock Corvette?
You do not have to buy a Callaway Corvette to get the AeroWagen package. It may be installed on your stock Corvette coupe.
- 3. Will the AeroWagen package include rear seats?
Unfortunately, the Corvette chassis and running gear configuration make it impossible to include seats in the cargo area.
- 4. Does the AeroWagen package include a new rear fascia, with different taillights?
The AeroWagen package does not include a new rear fascia.
- 5. What changes are made to the interior of the cargo area?
The standard AeroWagen package would have no interior changes.
- 6. What is the total increase in cargo area volume?
This hasn’t been calculated yet but, based on the projected geometry, it would be significant.
- 7. Where does the AeroWagen hatch begin and end? Is the car still a targa top?
The car would retain the Corvette targa top. AeroWagen bodywork replaces the original Corvette hatch utilizing the OEM seal, hinge and latch mechanisms.
- 8. Will there be a four-door version of the AeroWagen?
- 9. What is the drag coefficient of the AeroWagen?
A slight reduction in overall drag coefficient is predicted.
- 10. What drivetrain modifications are included with the AeroWagen package?
- 11. What are the performance specs for the Callaway Corvette AeroWagen?
Performance specifications have not been finalized. We will release performance data as soon as possible.
- 12. Will the AeroWagen be equipped with all wheel drive?
No. Chevrolet has not released any plans to introduce all wheel drive for the Corvette platform.
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