Given Callaway Cars' close proximity to New York City in Old Lyme, Conn., this week's auto show was the logical locale for a debut.
Arguably the best work from Callaway Cars designer Paul Deutschman, the C16 cabriolet was introduced to the public at the 2007 New York International Auto Show on Thursday. Company founder Reeves Callaway introduced the car.
The cabriolet incorporates the same bulging bodylines and race inspired "form follows function" design of the C16 coupe, which was based originally on the Corvette C6. The loss of a top, however, has resulted (thankfully) in the loss of those less-than-inspiring rear pillars that broke up the side and rear profile of the C16 coupe.
Deutchman's design is unmarred by door handles. The C16 has an antenna buried in its body that responds to the owner passing her hand over an area of the door, as long as the keychain is in her pocket.
Of course, many will say that the C16 is not about looking good. The base 560 horsepower engine (upgradeable to a 616 horsepower behemoth) will get you to the inevitable traffic jam on the Merritt Parkway faster than you can say, "I told you to take 95!"
The car does a top speed of 206 mph, goes from zero to 60 in 3.4 seconds and does the quarter-mile in 10 seconds--all the while maintaining a 100,000 warranty. The carbon magnesium hybrid wheels weigh only 17.2 pounds each, compared with the usual 28 pounds from an aluminum one.
And the interior ain't bad either.
The car is emissions-compliant in all 50 states and gets about 18 miles per gallon in the city and 30 on the highway, according to Callaway.
All this for roughly the price of two regular C6 Corvette convertibles. The C16 cabriolet starts at $128,000.
Update: The original post incorrectly stated the speed of the C16. It does the quarter-mile in 11 seconds and has a top speed of 206 mph.