7 August 2017

Remember when Callaway tuned the Alfa Romeo GTV6?

By James LisleJames Lisle
Yes - oh, yes. (image credit: Hemmings.com)

We wouldn't blame you if you don't.

You see, while Callaway is famous (or notorious) for strapping gigantic turbos on fairly ho-hum Chevys, they once had a go at boosting up Alfa's GTV 6 way back in the mid-'80s.

  • One of the most reliable cars in the world. Wait, no - that's not right. (image credit: Hemmings.com) One of the most reliable cars in the world. Wait, no - that's not right. (image credit: Hemmings.com)
  • While many things were changed, the rubbish driving position stayed. (image credit: Hemmings.com) While many things were changed, the rubbish driving position stayed. (image credit: Hemmings.com)
  • Boost hit a maximum of 0.6 Bar. (image credit: Hemmings.com) Boost hit a maximum of 0.6 Bar. (image credit: Hemmings.com)
  • IHI turbochargers were used, along with bigger injectors, machined pistons, and a top mount intercooler. (image credit: Hemmings.com) IHI turbochargers were used, along with bigger injectors, machined pistons, and a top mount intercooler. (image credit: Hemmings.com)
  • The two IHI turbochargers were selected for their quick spooling time. (image credit: Hemmings.com) The two IHI turbochargers were selected for their quick spooling time. (image credit: Hemmings.com)
  • There are only a few designs that can match the GTV 6's immortal looks. (image credit: Hemmings.com) There are only a few designs that can match the GTV 6's immortal looks. (image credit: Hemmings.com)

Conjured up way before Callaway's success with Corvettes, the Callaway C3 GTV 6 was a rear-wheel drive firecracker on wheels; installing a much-needed performance boost to a spectacular chassis that already offered sharp handling and responsive dynamics.

Aimed at being an exclusive performance alternative to the Maserati Biturbo, the little Connecticut-built C3 GTV 6 was limited to just 35 examples, due to its high-production costs and lack of consumer awareness.

While the twin-turbo Callaway C3 GTV 6 was a star that was recognised only after its brief burn, it left a lasting impression on Dave McLellan, Chief Engineer of the Corvette, and triggered the infamous Callaway-Corvette relationship that still stands to this day.

Check out the video below for an in-depth look at the Callaway C3 GTV 6.

What do you think of this Italian-American relationship? What other cars should've been tuned by Callaway? Tell us what you think in the comments below.