Chevrolet has officially introduced its world-class super car - the 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible. It's due to be unveiled at the New York Auto Show.
Supercharged performanceAnnounced as the most powerful convertible ever produced by Chevrolet, the Z06 features an all-new LT4 6.2l supercharged V8 engine, expected to deliver at least 466 kW and 861 Nm of torque.
It can be connected to a seven-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Match or an optional all-new 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmission designed to enhance performance and efficiency.
All-aluminium, high-tech foundationThis is the first Z06 Convertible offered from the factory since 1963, and Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter noted, “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". "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,” he added.
Chevrolet says the car’s aluminium structure is actually 20 percent stiffer than the previous fixed-roof Z06, and that the car makes use of a power folding roof that can be opened or closed at speeds up to 50 km/h.
“Practically every exterior panel serves a functional purpose to meet the performance goals of the Z06,” said Tom Peters, Corvette design director, “The flared fenders accommodate larger, wider wheels and tyres for more grip. The larger vents provide more cooling air to the engine, brakes, transmission and differential for increased track capability. The more aggressive aerodynamic package generates true down force for more cornering grip and high-speed stability.”
The convertible is additionally fitted with Michelin tyres mounted on lightweight, spin-cast aluminium wheels (19 x 10 inch in front and 20 x 12 inch in the rear).
Interior detailsThe 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible benefits from interior details designed for high-performance driving. Such as a steel-reinforced grab bar on the centre console for the passenger and soft-touch materials on the edge of the console. There are also two seating choices with a magnesium frame structure, a flat-bottom steering wheel with a carbon fibre centre spoke. The vehicle also comes in five interior colours, including two that are unique to Z06 – blue and dark grey.
The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible is expected to go on sale early next year.