It’s no secret that the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has been a sales success. Now, Chevrolet has given us our first look at the newest model in the Corvette lineup, as the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible gets ready to debut at the New York International Auto Show.
In a press release, Chevrolet says that it has never produced a convertible as powerful as the new Corvette Z06 model. “The Z06 Convertible is a world-class supercar in every sense,” says Mark Reuss, executive vice president of global product development at General Motors. “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.”
Chevrolet has not offered the Corvette Z06 as a convertible since 1963. The automaker notes that the 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible’s “aluminum structure is 20 percent stiffer” than the 2013 Corvette Z06 Coupe. With the exception of relocated seat belt mounts and the requirements to fit a convertible top, Chevrolet says that the Z06 Coupe and Convertible are structured identically.
An adjustable Magnetic Selective Ride Control suspension comes standard, and the Corvette Z06 Convertible is powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that Chevrolet says will produce at least 625 horsepower and 635 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed manual transmission is standard and an eight-speed automatic is optional.
Inside, the Corvette Z06 Convertible offers a choice of grand touring seats, or sport seats that are more aggressively bolstered. A steering wheel with a flat bottom, as well as five interior colors will be available, in addition to interior materials that include aluminum, carbon fiber, micro-suede and Nappa leather. The Z06 Convertible’s fabric top can be raised and lowered with the key fob, and it can be operated while driving at speeds up to 30 mph.
The 2015 Corvette Z06 Coupe debuted at the Detroit Auto Show and will go on sale early next year. Pricing and full specs have yet to be announced, but The Los Angeles Times expects the Corvette Z06 Coupe and Convertible to be priced between $75,000 and $100,000.
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