Blog: Four-door Corvette shooting brake?
Glenn Brooks | 22 March 2013
Even better than the original?
The answers to any questions you could possibly have concerning the 2014 Callaway Corvette estate have dropped into my inbox: I signed up for emailed updates concerning the AeroWagon, so I now pass on these sample FAQs.
Q: What is a shooting brake?
A: This terminology began to be used in the nineteenth century, describing a vehicle that could be used to carry shooting parties, their equipment, their dogs and their game. By the early twentieth century, 'shooting brake' began to be used to categorize custom-built two-door station wagons using chassis of established luxury or sports cars.
Q: Do I have to purchase a 2014 Callaway Corvette to get the AeroWagon package, or can I buy the package for my stock 2014 Corvette?
A: If the AeroWagon goes into production, it will be available as a Callaway Corvette option and as a stand-alone product for stock C7 Corvettes.
Q: Will the AeroWagon package include rear seats?
A: Unfortunately, the Corvette chassis and running gear configuration make it impossible to include seats in the cargo area.
Q: Does the AeroWagon package include a new rear fascia, with different taillights?
A: The AeroWagon package does not include a new rear fascia; however, Callaway is considering a new rear fascia as a separate project.
Q: What changes are made to the interior of the cargo area?
A: The standard AeroWagon package would have no interior changes. However, the concept includes optional upgraded carpeting, leather side panels and a teak floor option with stainless steel strips.
Q: What is the total increase in cargo area volume?
A: This hasn’t been calculated yet but, based on the projected geometry, it would be significant.
Q: Where does the AeroWagon hatch begin and end? Is the car still a targa top?
A: The car would retain its original Corvette targa top. The AeroWagon bodywork would be located in the original Corvette hatch area and would utilize the OEM latch mechanism.
Q: Will there be a four-door version of the AeroWagon?
Q: What is the drag coefficient of the AeroWagon?
A: A slight reduction in overall drag coefficient is predicted, compared to Corvette coupe and convertible bodies.
Q: What drivetrain modifications are included with the AeroWagon Package?
A: None. The AeroWagon package would be an option for the 2014 Callaway Corvette. Specifications for the 2014 Callaway Corvette have not yet been finalized.
Q: What are the performance specs for the Callaway Corvette AeroWagon?
A: Performance specifications have not been finalized. We will release performance data as soon as possible, later this year.
Q: Will the AeroWagon be equipped with all wheel drive?
A: No. Chevrolet has not released any plans to introduce all wheel drive for the Corvette platform.
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