Chevrolet Corvette Z06 convertible has made its world debut at the New York motor show today. It’s the open-top sibling to the Z06 coupé, which was shown in Detroit earlier this year.
is the first fully developed convertible version of the modern,
hardcore-performance Corvette, but it isn’t the first soft-top Z06. In
1963, the Z06 package was first offered on the Corvette for endurance
racing. 199 examples were thus fitted, but only one was a convertible.
It’s taken more than 50 years for a follow up.
There is very
little difference between the new Z06 coupé and convertible. The C7
Corvette’s aluminum chassis was already 20 per cent stiffer than the C6
Z06, so no structural changes were needed for the convertible. The
weight is nearly identical and the chassis tuning is unchanged.
Track-focused Michelin Sport Cup 2 tyres as well as carbon-ceramic
brakes are available, as are three different aerodynamic packages.
supercharged 6.2-litre V8 engine powering the convertible is said to
have “at least” 625bhp and, just like the coupe, buyers can choose
between a seven-speed manual or eight-speed torque-converter automatic
The Z06’s powerered top can be lowered via the key
fob at speeds up to 30mph. It continues the classic Corvette “waterfall”
look, with a body-color insert behind the seats carrying the exterior
color inside the cabin. Due to the lack of rear quarter panels, the
differential and transmission cooler air intakes were moved to
underneath the car.
As with the standard Corvette, the Z06 will
only be offered in left-hand drive. The Z06 coupe will go on sale in the
US in December, with the convertible following next June. Depending on
demand, limited units of the convertible may also be sold in the UK,
though it's likely to be some time before any models reach this country.
Thanks to: Autocar