Before most people can even find a Chevy SS for sale, Callaway has put one under the knife and created a kit they think will bump horsepower to 570 and torque to 535 lb-ft.
I use that disclaimer because the asterisks on Callaway's website lead me to believe they may not have actually tested it yet. Nevertheless, the Jason Statham in me is excited about a sleeper sport sedan from an American marquee.
The stock SS is no slouch, with an LS3 6.2 liter small-block V-8 that provides 415 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque. Only available with a six-speed automatic and "TAPshift" flappy-paddles, Chevrolet reports 0-60 time at "about five seconds."
With Callaway's "SC570" kit, pre-production estimates for performance include a 4.5 second sprint to 60 and a 12.4 second/110 MPH quarter mile.
As you can tell from the photo, aesthetic modifications to the car are minimal. By "minimal" I mean basically non-existent, as Callaway just took a Chevrolet press photo of the SS and 'shopped their name in place of the bowtie.
For $18,695, Callaway's SC570 package gets the following on your SS:
- Eaton Roots-style TVS supercharger system
- Liquid-to-air intercooler, integral to intake manifold base
- Increased flow rate fuel injectors
- High flow intake system
- Low restriction exhaust system
- Badging, exterior and interior
- Embroidered floor mats
- Callaway key fobs
- Callaway SS authenticity documentation
- Callaway 3 year/36,000 mile limited warranty
Another $2,900 increases the warranty to 5 years/100,000 miles.
With the MSRP of a standard SS at $44,470, cost to get your SS into the Callaway club seems to be in the $65,000 neighborhood. Probably more with dealer upcharges for the first few... but that's still well-shy of M5 money, and you know the Chevy will be cheaper to run.
I'll reserve judgment until I hear the exhaust note, but even without three pedals the SS could be a worthy competitor to the likes of AMG and BMW Motorsport.
More info in the press release.