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Callaway stretches the C7 Corvette's cabin into new AeroWagen

Callaway stretches the C7 Corv...
Callaway Corvette AeroWagen ready for a lap
Callaway Corvette AeroWagen ready for a lap
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The AeroWagen adds a little junk to the Corvette's trunk
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The AeroWagen adds a little junk to the Corvette's trunk
Callaway Corvette AeroWagen ready for a lap
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Callaway Corvette AeroWagen ready for a lap
Callaway previewed the AeroWagen way back in 2013 and gets it to market nearly four years later
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Callaway previewed the AeroWagen way back in 2013 and gets it to market nearly four years later
The AeroWagen package can be added to a standard C7 Corvette or one of Callaway's tuned upgrades
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The AeroWagen package can be added to a standard C7 Corvette or one of Callaway's tuned upgrades
The AeroWagen starts at just under $15K
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The AeroWagen starts at just under $15K
With a few pieces, Callaway transforms the Corvette from sports coupe to shooting brake
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With a few pieces, Callaway transforms the Corvette from sports coupe to shooting brake
Callaway AeroWagen C7 Corvette
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Callaway AeroWagen C7 Corvette
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Callaway Cars previewed its AeroWagen Corvette shooting brake way back in 2013 before the C7 Corvette had even hit the market. It took a little longer to launch than originally planned, but now the AeroWagen is here and ready to give Corvette drivers a bit of extra luggage space.

When we published a look at the AeroWagen sneak preview, sentiments were somewhat polarized but leaned more toward "put it in my driveway now," with only a hint of "not a chance in hell" sprinkled in. Most commenters seemed to dig its combination of sportiness and added practicality. And now those folks that dig it enough finally have the chance to own it.

While the AeroWagen's stretched cabin is a dramatic visual departure, Callaway's package is fairly simple. It doesn't make any changes to the chassis or interior and even keeps the targa roof intact and operational.

The package is a part-for-part replacement for the original equipment rear hatch and relies on the same hinge, latch and seal hardware. The tempered safety rear window glass includes defogging hardware, and since the kit is essentially plug and play, the owner can choose to reinstall the standard factory hatch should the shooting brake life not work out so well.

The AeroWagen adds a little junk to the Corvette's trunk
The AeroWagen adds a little junk to the Corvette's trunk

Needless to say, the conversion doesn't put any additional seats under that heightened rear cabin. Callaway says the frame and running gear hinder that possibility, so it's a two-seater with extra cargo space in back.

The AeroWagen package is available for the full range of Corvette coupes, everything from your stock C7 to Callaway's own offerings, which include the 627-hp SC627Stingray and Grand Sport models and the 757-hp SC757 Z06.

Callaway is still working out what the AeroWagen package means in terms of specific numbers: amount of additional cargo space, performance, etc. It does mention that there'll be a small expected drop in drag, but it has not specifically quantified that yet, either.

Callaway AeroWagen C7 Corvette
Callaway AeroWagen C7 Corvette

So basically, if you want all the growl and sporty looks of a C7 with space to haul all kinds of sports gear, tools and other cargo, the AeroWagon is now your go-to. It starts at US$14,990, and installation will be handled by Callaway's Connecticut and California shops, as well as by authorized Callaway dealers.

Source: Callaway

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7 comments
Michael Schmitt
Not seeing a pic with the hatch open.
Bob
Nope, I don't like it. If you need that much extra space, drive the van. Callaway needs to stick with performance.
VincentWolf
I always liked the luggage space in my old Fiat X1/9's. Trunk in front, trunk in back. Engine mid-ship. Now if they would just bring it back and install the Tesla P100D drivetrain in it......
idiot.savant
I actually fall into the "shooting brake? heck yeah!" camp. But extra space? not so much. Looks like it's only a cubic foot or two.
Floyd Vergara
I kinda like it. But why, oh why, would anyone saddle a Corvette with a name like AeroWagen? Sounds like something a European soccer-parent would be in the market for, not a high performance sports car.
kwalispecial
I think it's fine... But $15k for a replacement rear hatch seems a bit steep.
Island Architect
A nice response to the M.