Callaway C16 Speedster
US firm Callaway Cars has just unveiled a muscle car with that rarest of attributes – a genuinely classy shape. Their outrageously quick and powerful C16 Speedster, flagship model in the C16 lineup, was introduced to a slavering public on the concept lawn at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
Its supercharged and intercooled 6,2-litre alloy V8 produces all of 522 kW, enough to propel it from standstill to 100 km/h in 3,2 seconds. Top speed is about 340 km/h. The made-to-order car features a topless cockpit with twin wind deflectors and extended headrests, beguiling bodywork, and a race-inspired chassis. Overall handling and road feel are transmitted by a newly developed Callaway/ Eibach Multi-Pro supplemental coil-over suspension with an advanced spring/ damper system featuring 10-position compression and rebound adjustability, allowing the driver to customise settings for specific road conditions.
For high-speed driving, helmets are incorporated into the body design, with a pair of matching carbon fibre Formula One “Ivos” helmets effectively built into the Speedster’s extended headrests. Another unique feature is the electronic door release system known as the Dspot (we cannot imagine why). There are no external door handles; instead, the doors are triggered by touching the Dspot. It gets better: traditional rearview mirrors are replaced by a closed-circuit video system that displays its images on a dashboard monitor. The Callaway C16 Speedster is priced at R2,1 million.