2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible Makes No Compromises

Posted by: Kenny Chan onApril 12th, 2014

Last week, Chevrolet announced it’s lineup for the 2014 New York Auto Show… sort of. They had said they were bringing a facelifted Chevy Cruze, a yet to be confirmed update to a compact car (Chevy Spark?) and lastly, the one that began a series of rumors was a new variant for the corvette lineup. Limited edition Z06? ZR1? Convertible Z06? Today, Chevrolet confirmed that it will indeed be bringing a convertible version of the 2015 Corvette Z06 to New York next week.

The C7 Z06 aluminum frame is largely borrowed from the C7.R race car and provides a stiff enough frame that did not require any beefing up to handle the folding soft top for the convertible Z06. In fact the current Z06 frame is 20 percent stiffer than the C6 Z06 coupe frame. Without having to add any structural reinforcements, the curb weight of the convertible Z06 is pretty much identical to the Z06 coupe. They also share the same chassis tuning, powertrain output, driver technologies and equipment options – including the Z07 Performance Package, which adds Brembo carbon-ceramic matrix brakes, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires and adjustable front- and rear-aerodynamic components.

“Until recently it was not possible to create a lightweight, open-roof structure strong enough to cope with the braking, cornering, and acceleration of Corvette’s top performance models,” Juechter said. “The frame for the Z06 convertible leverages advancements in computer-aided engineering, metallurgy, and manufacturing techniques – many of which were not available just five years ago.”

“The most impressive aspect of the Z06 Convertible may be its performance bandwidth,” said Juechter. “Very few cars on the market can match its combination of extreme, supercar levels of performance; the flexibility for daily driving and long-distance commuting; and the 360-degree, open-air driving experience only true convertibles can offer.”

The C7 Corvette Z06 Convertible definitely makes no compromises for the track warrior that also wants to get his or her tan on. 625 horsepower, 635 lb-ft of torque, and the wind blowing through your hair. I don’t think it gets much better than that. Look forward to checking it out in New York next week.

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