Born From Vettes

Behold the three latest attempts to build a better Chevy.
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Behold the three latest attempts to build a better Chevy.
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Callaway C16 Speedster
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Price
: $300,000+
Engine: 6.2-liter V-8
Horsepower: 700 bhp
0–60: 3.0 seconds (est.)

We’ve always had a love-hate relationship with Corvette supertuner Callaway: neck-snapping performance, good; Cheez Whiz body design, bad. But the topless C16 Speedster has us intrigued. Reeves and company’s latest variation on the C6 chassis goes without a windshield, for those who really need to feel the air in their hair—at 200+ mph. Stunning performance comes from an LS2 V-8 engine paired with a scarypowerful Eaton/Magnuson supercharger. Take a ride, ladies—the face-lift’s free. 

Spada Codatronca
Spec Check
Price
: $300,000+
Engine: 7.0-liter V-8
Horsepower: 700 bhp
0–60: 2.7 seconds

Italian designer Ercole Spada burst onto the scene in 1964 with the Alfa Romeo TZ. Now the old man is back with the Codatronca, a Z06-based supercar whose form references the swoopy TZ. Designed with son, Paolo, the menacing ride features a cut wing in back and  a total absence of chrome. Now, that’s Italian.


astagna Milano Aznom
Spec Check
Price: Unreleased
Engine: 7.0-liter V-8
Horsepower: 750 bhp
0–60: 3.4 seconds

This Italian coach builder first pimped rides in 1849, when its glitzed-up horse carriages toured the promenades of Lake Como at a smokin’ 6 mph. Fast-forward about 158 years and you can catch Castagna Milano’s latest wheels blowing past Clooney’s villa at a slightly quicker clip. The Aznom rides on a Z06 platform and gets a full carbon-fiber shell featuring a floating grill inspired by the 1953 Corvette. This beast’s blown LS7 engine propels the car to a blistering 208 mph. Cue the Giorgio Moroder!