Simply stunning, the Callaway-specific nine-spoke wheels are halted by 15-inch, six-piston
Keeping the Silverado's factory looks, Callaway didn't try the often over-exaggerated tuner trick of scoops, flares, and body kits, but instead added simple Callaway and SC540 badging where it deemed appropriate. One of the biggest hints to the truck's custom and performance appeal is the gorgeous wheel package. Contemplating different wheel designs in a saturated big-wheel market, the engineers at Callaway bit the bullet and created a 22x10.5-inch nine-spoke wheel that features a cast and flow-formed barrel for added strength during performance maneuvers. Available in silver, black, and chrome, the lightweight wheels can also be ordered in a black chrome finish for a true one-off look. Tires selected to maintain asphalt adhesion are BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW, sized 305/40R22.
Inside the Crew Cab, Callaway attempted to spruce up our tester's LTZ trim package by way of a real carbon-fiber steering wheel horn button, aluminum pedals, floor mats with SC540 embroidered on them, and SC540 badging on the dash. All of those additions sound nice, until you see the factory fake wood still in place, factory low-grain leather seats, and factory three-knob radio. Callaway put their focus on making the truck perform at a level GM could've never imagined, but a little interior dress-up would have gone a long way for a truck package that totals more than $30,000.
A Callaway Silverado, or Sierra if you prefer, can be ordered to your specs from one of its 31 authorized dealers nationwide. The best part of these performance packages is they won't void the factory warranty, and Callaway offers its own extended five-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Because of this dedication to engineering and overall product creation, we had a difficult time parting with the keys to the Silverado. The Callaway SC540 is a blast to drive fast, comfortable enough for a daily driver, and unique looking with subtle enhancements that will have people in the slow lane wondering what exactly it was that blew by them. For more information on Callaway's C19 line of sport trucks, go to www.callawaycars.com.
2011 Chevrolet Silverado Callaway SC540
Base Price: $41,375
Price as Tested: $75,965
Under the Chevy’s hood lies a 6.2L V-8 that is boosted to 540 hp by an Eaton supercharger
Type: 6.2L OHV V-8 supercharged with Eaton TVS 1900
Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
Horsepower: 540 @ 5700 rpm
Torque: 522 @ 4300 rpm
Recommended Fuel: Premium Unleaded
Layout: Front engine, RWD
Transmission: Six-speed Auto 6L90
Brakes: Callaway 15-inch rotors with six-piston calipers front and rear
Rearend: 3.42 limited slip
Wheels: 22x10.5-inch Callaway
Tires: 305/40R22 BFG g-Force T/A KDW
Tow Capacity: 5,000 lbs
0-60: 5.8 seconds
¼-mile: 13.5 @ 103 mph
60-0: 118 feet
Observed Gas Mileage: 10.7 mpg (we drove a little aggressively)