Chevrolet has announced that it will be making the first convertible Corvette Z06 since 1963 (when they made exactly one). The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible will sport all the same great features as the coupe, including the 625 horsepower LT4 V-8, except with a much better view.
“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,” Corvette chief engineer Tadge 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 aluminum frame is 20% stronger than the fixed roof C6 Z06, and there were no structural reinforcements needed to create a convertible model except to mount the power-folding top and reposition the seatbelts. In fact, the curb weight is nearly identical to the coupe, GM says. The same chassis tuning, electronics, and even equipment options such as the Z07 package are all carried over.
“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 Z06 Convertible is a world-class supercar in every sense,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president, Global Product Development. “Only a handful of convertibles in the world bring more than 600 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. Even fewer can match the advanced technologies, aerodynamic design, and visceral driving experience of the Z06 Convertible.”
The electronically operated top can be lowered using the key fob (remotely), and can open/close at speeds up to 30mph. The thick fabric top is lined with sound-muffling padding and has a glass rear window to seal out road and wind noise. Four colors are offered for the top itself, and then two finish options – Carbon Flash painted or exposed carbon fiber – are offered for the power tonneau cover. The cover conceals the top when stowed, and is consistent with its supercar attitude. Though the drop-top is nearly identical to the coupe in every regard, the tonneau cover did necessitate locating the air intakes (for the diff and trans coolers) under the car.
Stand by for more information in the future, but for now take solace that the Corvette Z06 is in exclusive company by offering both a coupe and convertible model with such ungodly horsepower and handling.
For information on the supercharged Gen V LT4 or other features of the Z06, check out this story on the release of the coupe.