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Callaway Unveils Supercharged 2016 SC610 Camaro with 610hp

Alpha Callaway

John Gilbert Feb 25, 2016
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It’s a universal truth that all boosted cars – turbocharged, or supercharged – have the same problem: avoiding heat. The harder an engine works to generate big horsepower, turns into excessive heat, which robs an engine of its stamina to continue producing horsepower. Imagine a fast car working out on an autocross track or climbing a winding mountain at full steam. As engine temps go up, the horsepower goes down, and performance suffers — things slow down.

Here’s how Callaway Cars, a specialty manufacturer with an exclusive arraignment with GM deals with the problem. Friday, February 18, 2016, Callaway Cars unveiled their new 610 horsepower 2016 Callaway Camaro to the automotive media at a private reception at their Santa Ana, California, factory. The 2016 SC610 Camaro displayed a number of technical accomplishments engineered by Callaway and integrated into the new sixth-gen Alpha platform.

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The Callaway guys explained it this way. “With the Camaro’s new ‘Alpha’ architecture, our engineers were able to incorporate the GenThree Supercharger that we originally developed for the Callaway Corvette SC757.” Mike Zoner, Managing Director of Callaway Cars, went further to state, “We designed the Corvette system from a clean sheet of paper and applied features to increase airflow quality and reduce charge air temperature. Once we were able to adapt GenThree for the new Camaro, we produced dramatically more power without jeopardizing reliability.”

The patented GenThree supercharger system is the heart of the Callaway Camaro SC610 package. Its 2300cc Eaton TVS rotor pack is configured to force air upward, lengthening the charge air path for more power. Power-robbing heat, inherently produced by supercharging, is removed from the charge air via convective cooling as it flows through the supercharger housing. This effect is amplified by extending the housing through the hood, exposing it to ambient temperature. Conductive heat transfer is also utilized as the TripleCooled intercooler system includes one main and two additional intercooler elements, conducting heat from the charge air. The result is consistent power lap after lap at the track or run after run at the dragstrip.

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The Callaway Camaro SC610 package also includes a Callaway High Flow Cold Air Intake System to further improve performance. To distinguish the Callaway Camaro SC610, Callaway carbon fiber engine lid covers, an under-hood build plaque with VIN, interior and exterior badging, doorsill panels, and embroidered floor mats are included as standard equipment. Each Callaway Camaro SC610 comes with an authenticity documentation package as well.

Callaway Camaro SC610 engine management calibration provides excellent road car drivability with emission compliance in all 50 states. A standard three-year/36,000 mile (60,000 km) limited warranty is included, and an optional five year/60,000 limited powertrain service contract is also available, concurrent with the GM powertrain warranty term.

Callaway Cars’ arrangement with General Motors is unique in the same way Carroll Shelby’s deal with the Ford Motor Company was continuing well past the years Ford dominated at the 24-hours of Le Mans.

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We asked Pete Callaway about the history of the company’s arrangement with GM, and how the warranty on its 50-state legal cars work. “As a specialist manufacturer having a strong relationship with GM on the warranty standpoint is a valid differentiator. No other aftermarket company has that relationship, which goes back to 1987 with the original B2K program. We are building cars to a known and validated spec, and each VIN converted by Callaway is shared with GM.

As a point of clarification, Callaway’s warranty runs in parallel with GM’s, but is administered by Callaway. I wouldn’t say that we offer it thru GM. It is standard on all Callaway vehicles. GM’s is not void by the vehicle being converted by Callaway, and Callaway’s own powertrain warranty piggybacks on top of GM’s. This is supported by the Callaway GM authorized dealer network across the country.”

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