Sadly, Americans have largely written off the station wagon, which is too bad considering the functional body style’s ongoing popularity in Europe and other parts of the world. Then again, this rendering from Reeves Callaway and his team over Callaway Cars might get some folks to rethink their reluctance.
Callaway is well-known among tuner fans for its high-performance take on a number of different muscle and performance cars, including the Corvette, but this may be one of the most distinctive redesigns it has offered in a number of years, the so-called Aerowagon playing off well on the distinctive design cues that have already won such raves for the 2014 C7 Corvette Stingray.
He is by no means the first to envision a wagon interpretation of the ‘Vette. None other than General Motors original styling chief Harley Earl offered up the 1954 Chevrolet Corvette Nomad concept way back in 1954. And we’ve seen a couple of one-off customized versions during the Woodward Dream Cruise over the years.
Other makers have offered their own wagon-sports car hybrids, most notably Ferrari, with the FF. One of the sportiest versions of the Cadillac CTS-V is the wagon model, and the Jaguar XJ wagon – sadly not available in the States – gives a distinctly aggressive look to the luxury model, which the Brits prefer to call a “shooting brake.”
For his part, Callaway declares that the C7 wagon concept has a “unique style” that stands out from the classic Chevrolet Corvette Coupe and Convertible models. It would also offer more interior space and at least a bit more functionality, if one were to imagine pairing that word with a ‘Vette.
But what could win over potential buyers would be the under-hood upgrades that typically accompany any of his projects. That means the Callaway Corvette Stingray AeroWagon would almost certainly be able to crack the 200 mph supercar benchmark with room to spare.
While the project has not received the official “go,” Callaway is hinting that it would be able to do the conversion for as little as $15,000. We’re assuming that includes relatively modest engine updates, as the typical all-out Callaway tuner project can run several times that cost.
“Based on market reaction, Callaway plans to produce the conversions coincident with the release of production C7 Corvettes this Fall,” the tuner says, adding that it would work with its current network of dealers around the U.S.
Stay tunes and we’ll bring you more updates if and when we get word the Corvette AeroWagon becomes a reality.
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