Corvette question for the day: how does the new Callaway Corvette convertible deal with the torque?
"Equipped with Callaway’s 560-hp supercharged 6.0-liter V8, the C16 Convertible is also available with an optional Performance Package that delivers 616 supercharged horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 582 lb-ft of torque at 4,750 rpm."
For years, Chevrolet has stated that the Z06 would not be made available in convertible form because of the massive amounts of torque applied to the body under power. Clearly weight reduction was, and is, important to the Z06 to enable "drive out of the showroom" speeds of over 200 mph, so a convertible's mechanisms would not help in this regard. In addition, the upper part of the body cage also helps ameliorate the contortions a high torqued powerplant would otherwise provide.
Clearly, the Callaway C16 Convertible challenges this assumption. And it is beautiful, too!