Just this month, Chevrolet unveiled the new 2019 Corvette ZR1 super coupe. Dubbed by Chevrolet as the fastest and most powerful production Corvette, the new 2019 ZR1 astonished the public with its 755 hp (563 kW) of output and 212 mph of top speed. While people are still reeling from the arrival of the new Corvette ZR1 super coupe, Chevrolet has opted not to wait too long to unveil its drop-top version.
Yes, Chevrolet is introducing the 2019 Corvette ZR1 Convertible, with the official unveiling set to happen at the upcoming 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. It will be sold along with the 2019 Corvette ZR1 super coupe starting next spring. It will the first ZR1 convertible since the original 1970 ZR1, taking nearly 50 years before the first drop-top was followed up by a modern version.
As the drop-top version of the coupe introduced at the 2017 Dubai Motor Show, the Corvette ZR1 convertible has the same performance and technology offerings as its roofed twin. Thanks to the Corvette’s strong and stiff aluminum chassis, Chevrolet has to implement a few structural changes, which include the accommodations for its folding top and repositioned safety belt mounts. Drivers could open or close the power top up to speeds of 30 mph. The folding top hardware accounted for most of the 60 lbs (27 kg) of curb weight difference between the coupe and convertible versions of the new Corvette ZR1 supercar.
Tadge Juechter, Corvette Executive Chief Engineer, called the ZR1 convertible as a no-compromise supercar, noting that even the suspension tuning between coupe and convertible versions is identical, allowing the drop-top to deliver the same benchmark performance.
Both the coupe and convertible versions of the new Corvette ZR1 are powered by the same supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine -- officially dubbed as the LT5 mill – that delivers the same 755 hp (563 kW) of max output and the same 715 lb.-ft. (969 Nm) of peak torque (SAE-rated). This power is transmitted to the wheels via either a seven-speed manual gearbox or an eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission. Just like the coupe, the Corvette ZR1 convertible comes with a special carbon-fiber “halo” hood that is open in the middle as well new 13 radiators, four of which are new.
This power is complemented by two aero packages: a standard rear Low Wing and the optional adjustable High Wing. The Low Wing package allows the Corvette ZR1 convertible to achieve the highest top speed possible, as it could generate up to 70 percent more downforce than the base aero package of the Z06.
Meanwhile, the two-way adjustable High Wing – coming as part of the new $2,995 ZTK Performance Package that also includes a front splitter with carbon-fiber end caps, specific chassis and Magnetic Ride Control tuning as well as Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires -- is created suitable for customers wanting to achieve the quickest lap times. While the top speed with the optional High Wing package is lower (but still over 200 mph), the car is faster at corners thanks to up to 950 pounds of downforce.
The Corvette ZR1 coupe will have a suggested retail price of $119,995, while the ZR1 convertible will be just $4,000 costlier at $123,995. The prices already include destination charge, but exclude tax, title as well as other dealer fees.