When your profits come from a high volume model business, that depends on very expensive tools, it is usual to discard niche products. This is why we have never seen a Chevrolet Corvette Shooting Brake until now, for example. But this is the moment you thank for the existence of specialist constructors such as Callaway and the fact that there are gearheads out there willing to have an exclusive and gorgeous car. Such as the Callaway Corvette AeroWagen.
The Package, as Callaway has named it, was announced in 2013, but took all this time to appear. And the explanation shows how busy Callaway has been these years. “We needed to gage the market, and frankly fit the project into our workload. We are a project oriented company and the work for the OEs must come first. So our time consuming internal projects get pushed to the right as the pressures of commerce accumulate. Our shops are now completely full of Z06 work, and it behooves us to build these cars with power and AeroWagens at the same time, so we have pushed the production to accommodate. The project has not been stuck in development. Simply there have been more urgent priorities”, Reeves Callaway, the company’s founder, told MotorChase. The Callaway GT3 program has been one of the projects that postponed the AeroWagen. And we perfectly understand why!
Any C7 Corvette Coupé can be converted into an AeroWagen. The donor car receives a carbon fiber composite structure that operates as a liftable hatch. It is produced as a one piece element and it grants access to the trunk like the original Corvette does. The advantage of the AeroWagen package is that it is a perfectly reversible installation. Check our video below with all angles of the AeroWagen.
There is no word on pricing yet. It would cost US$ 23,000 in 2013, but Reeves Callaway promises a much lower target price. “Pricing is expected to be less than US$ 15,000. We are happy to predict this lower price, still there are details to work out on paint and trim costs”, he told MotorChase.
The use of carbon fiber will allow the AeroWagen to weigh much less that such a package would imply. “We intend to begin production later this year and based on the level of interest, the AeroWagon will certainly fill a niche”, Chris Chessnoe, Callaway Program Manager, told MotorChase. We believe Callaway can count on a high level of demand. At least from MotorChase’s readers, always fond of station wagons and especially shooting brakes!