1988 Callaway Corvette Convertible RPO B2K
The special edition Callaway Twin Turbo Corvette was available from 1987 to 1991 as Regular Production Option (RPO) B2K and could be ordered from select dealers in the US. Corvette orders with the B2K option selected were shipped to Callaway Cars in Old Lyme, Connecticut, for the Twin Turbo conversion directly from the Bowling Green Kentucky assembly plant.
While the final production exceeded 500 Corvettes, the total that were ordered through the Bowling Green plant was lower due to a few factors. These factors included many dealers sent cars already in the process of delivery to their stores, or may have been on their lot and were used to “prime the system.
105 cars were ordered with RPO B2K, while Callaway records show 125 cars constructed.
Bowling Green records showed 50 coupes and 55 convertibles made while Callaway records showed 60 coupes and 65 convertibles. 1988 also saw the official release of the automatic transmission – 10 coupes and 16 convertibles were equipped this way. In 1988, Corvettes saw 17-inch wheels become available. Callaway Corvettes for that year (and subsequent years) wore handsome, silver 17” Dymags that utilized the base Corvette locking center cap. The Dymag wheels were manufactured in Europe and were made of super light weight Magnesium alloy.
For 1988, Callaway increased the stock performance of the Twin Turbo Corvette to yield 382 hp (285 kW) and 562 lb•ft (762 N•m) of torque. That year, 125 Callaway Twin Turbo Corvettes were built with 105 ordered with the RPO B2K option.
In 1988 owning a sports car with 382 hp and 562 lb.ft of torque, was unheard of, which put the Callaway Twin Turbo Corvette in the Super Car category. Of course although this was incredible power, it wasn’t quite enough for me. Knowing the ins and outs of these cars, I decided to modify my 88 slightly from factory. The first performance part ordered, was directly from Callaway. Since one known weakness in the system was the air intake flow. Callaway had designed the “Wonder Bar” that did away with the factory stock design which restricted air flow from the air filter. Next came an aftermarket intake, which consisted of (SLP Siamese runners, ACCEL Big Mouth Intake and modified ported plenum to match. This did away with the factory TPI runner and intake system which was a major source of restriction, and limited rpm power to about 5000 rpms. Larger fuel injectors and roller rockers topped off the engine combination, which allowed the beast to now make power well above 6200 rpms. For an exhaust, I fabricated a true dual 3″ stainless system. The hp now is well above 700, while torque is in excess of 800 ft. lbs.
If you ever wanted to experience the feeling of being launched off a navy carrier, this car will accomplish that.