Corvette Z06 Convertible Introduced Ahead of New York Debut


It's the fastest drop top Chevrolet has ever built.

GM has unveiled the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible ahead of its imminent world debut at the New York Auto Show. Everything you loved about the Z06 Coupe can be found on the drop top. The all-new Z06 Convertible, billed as “the most powerful convertible ever produced by Chevrolet,” is powered by the same 6.2-liter V8 whose output is “at least” 625 horsepower and 635 lb-ft of torque.

It comes mated to a seven-speed manual as standard, but the new eight-speed automatic transmission is a tempting option, especially as Chevy claims it shifts faster than Porsche's PDK. All that grunt is sent to the rear set of fat ultra-sticky Michelin tires. Most impressive, however, is the car's weight. The convertible weighs almost the same as the coupe, achieved, according to Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter because the frame benefits from advancements made in “computer-aided engineering, metallurgy, and manufacturing techniques.” These weren't available even five years ago, hence the reason we've never previously seen a Z06 Convertible.

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The power folding roof can be opened or closed at speeds up to 30 mph, while dual accent panels behind the seats can be finished in Carbon Flash or carbon fiber. Other features of note include the choice of steel or carbon-ceramic Brembo brakes, a selection of aerodynamic enhancements to make the Z06 cabrio more slippery, and a track-ready suspension with a specially-tuned variant of Magnetic Ride Control. Look out for live pics and more info on this truly phenomenal convertible that will bow in NYC next week.