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Callaway C16 Speedster, an American supercar

CNET Car Tech takes a look at the Callaway C16 Speedster at the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Callaway C16 Speedster
The Callaway C16 Speedster has an open cockpit. CNET Networks/Sarah Tew

At a small booth in one of the hallways of the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show, Callaway displayed its new C16 Speedster. The Speedster, which was introduced last summer, completes Callaway's C16 lineup. Previous models are a Cabrio and a Coupe, but neither look as unique as the Speedster. The C16s rely on a Corvette chassis, but in the case of the Speedster, the body is original. Its open cockpit hearkens back to 1950s race cars. For safety, carbon fiber helmets are always available for the driver and passenger, and are stored behind the seats. Under the hood sits a Callaway-built engine, a 700 horsepower 6.2-liter powerplant that runs the car to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds. The C16 Speedster also incorporates some interesting tech notes. Instead of door handles, the car has touch-sensitive pads that open the doors. These touch pads become active when the smart key is within 3 meters. Instead of rear-view mirrors, the car uses three rear-facing cameras displaying their images on an LCD in the cabin. At $305,000 each, don't expect to see a lot of C16 Speedsters on the streets.