Meet the $130,000 love child between a supercar and a station wa

Meet the $130,000 love child between a supercar and a station wagon
Yes, there is such a thing as a Corvette wagon.

It also costs a fraction of the price of the multiple six-figure supercars from Lamborghini, Ferrari, and McLaren with similar power. A base 2016 Z06 Coupe costs just under $110,000, but most Callaway Corvettes cost $120,000 to $150,000.

If you're wondering if Callaway Cars has any relation to Callaway Golf, yes, it does; the same family started both companies.

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"For me, it has always been about cars," Reeves Callaway said last week in Brooklyn. Reeves founded Callaway Cars in 1977, although he had been making cars for years prior; Reeves' father, Ely Callaway Jr., founded Callaway Golf in 1982. "I had initially tried to be a racing driver and had done that for a while before I ran out of money."

In Corvette circles, Callaway the younger is regarded much as Carroll Shelby is among Ford Mustangs. He started modifying cars in the early 1970s while working for the famous Ferrari and Shelby car racer, Bob Bondurant. At the time, Bondurant's eponymous driving school was running BMW 320i on the track, but students kept needing more power. So Callaway implemented an innovative turbocharging system on a spare 320i and earned wide acclaim in track and BMW enthusiast circles.

General Motors took note as well and requested his expertise in 1985, so now Callaway supercharges Camaros, Silverado trucks, and even Suburbans. What AMG is to Mercedes-Benz, Callaway is to Corvette.

Callaway's vision for the wagon-Corvette hybrid was to channel the coach-built, shooting-brake cars that have dotted automotive history since the early 19th century. The term "shooting brake" is literal, referring to when hunting parties would stop midday to picnic-they needed vehicles with extra space in the rear to hold food and rifles. Think of the long 2+2 Ferrari GTC4Lusso for a modern semi-equivalent.

Driving the car itself feels as exceptional as it does for any good Corvette-big and precise, long yet willing and coachable. Steering resistance is perfectly calibrated; braking is alert and honest. Driving it will feel more natural than you'll care to admit, if a Corvette isn't on your automotive wish list. It doesn't feel heavy or clunky, as you might expect with a cover on the end. The only perceivable change for this wagon, or the most immediate, at least, is the new long rear cuts the minimal visibility to nil.