The new Chevrolet Corvette Z06 convertible is slated to make its world debut at the upcoming New York motor show. It’s the open-top sibling to the Z06 coupe, which was shown in Detroit earlier this year. This is the first fully-developed convertible version of the modern, hardcore-performance Corvette.
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There is very little difference between the new Z06 coupe and convertible. The C7 Corvette’s aluminium chassis was already 20 percent 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.
The 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 transmissions.
The Z06’s powerered top can be lowered via the key fob at speeds up to 48kph. It continues the classic Corvette “waterfall” look, with a body-colour insert behind the seats carrying the exterior colour 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.