When the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 traveled around the world in camouflage before making its official debut in Dubai, we remember seeing convertible versions of it as well, and we anticipated that it would come. But one variant that we did not expect to see was a roofless version of the ZR1.
And Chevrolet surprised us with this at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, finished in the same bold day-glo orange paint as the hardtop model that we saw in Dubai. There is no doubt that the roofless model looks superb (probably even sexier than the coupe version); but apart from that, it is also the most powerful production convertible that wears a Bowtie badge.
Today, we have got a couple of details regarding the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Convertible, such as the price. Having said that, the convertible starts at $123,995, while the coupe costs $119,995. You might think that it is a little too expensive, especially compared to a Z06. But that is because this is the only Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 convertible, at least a front engine ZR1 convertible.
And if you think about it, the price is already reasonable when you compare it with other two-seater topless models with the same 755 horsepower and a top speed of 210 miles per hour. But we are pretty sure that true ZR1 fans with that much money would definitely go for it.
As mentioned earlier, we haven’t received many details regarding the convertible, so we cannot answer most of your questions just yet. But you guys must be wondering how the lack of a roof would play into the ZR1’s aerodynamics. Well, according to the automaker, they have spoken of the car’s shape and various aero bits nearly as much as the prolific power from the supercharged LT5 V8, where the downforce is one of the most important factors in Chevrolet’s design to try and capture a Nurburgring record with it.
For those who understand how aerodynamics works, getting rid of the roof actually adds more weight to the car, while reducing its performance. However, hardcore performance enthusiasts do not really prioritize shaving milliseconds off their lap times especially with a convertible. In fact, there may be other things they want to think about, one of which is its 200 miles per hour top speed.
With regards to the question of whether there will be a loss in downforce or speed of this car, we doubt that it will actually matter to those who are interested in this car. This Corvette convertible is so powerful, it delivers 755 horsepower straight from the factory. There is also a lot to be said about the supercharger up front, turning the rear tire into dust.