It's the first ZR-1 droptop since 1970.
Set to go on sale next spring alongside its coupe counterpart, Chevrolet has unveiled the 2019 Corvette ZR-1 convertible at this year’s LA Auto Show. For those who are unaware, this is the first topless ZR-1 since the original 1970 ZR-1. In terms of performance and overall capabilities, the ZR-1 convertible matches the coupe. Because of the aluminum chassis, the only structural changes are a result of the folding top and repositioned safety belt mounts. For those concerned about weight, don’t: The convertible weighs just 60 lbs more than the coupe.
The power top can also be operated up to speeds of 30 mph. With a top speed of 212 mph, the ZL-1 coupe and convertible are powered by the new LT5 6.2-liter supercharged V8 with 755 hp and 715 lb-ft of torque. When equipped with the eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters instead of the seven-speed manual, Chevrolet believes the ZR-1 can make the 0-60 mph sprint in less than 3 seconds, and the quarter-mile in the high 10-second range. The ZR-1 coupe has a starting price of $119,995 while the convertible begins at $123,992, including all destination fees but excluding tax and, sadly, potential dealership mark ups.
Buyers can take on the $2,995 ZTL Performance Package because, well, they really should. It includes a front splitter with carbon fiber end caps, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires and unique chassis and Magnetic Ride Control tuning. “The ZR1 convertible is a no-compromise supercar,” said Corvette Executive Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter. “Thanks to the strong structure, the suspension tuning between coupe and convertible models is identical, meaning the ZR1 convertible offers the same benchmark performance, including a top speed of over 200 mph.”