If you are in the market for a supercar with a soft top, Chevrolet has something worthy of consideration. The 2019 Corvette ZR1 has been boosted to 755 horsepower, but we had no idea a convertible was in the works. Introducing, the 2019 Corvette ZR1 Convertible.
“The ZR1 convertible is a no-compromise supercar,” said Corvette Executive Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter. “Thanks to the strong structure, the suspension tuning between coupe and convertible models is identical, meaning the ZR1 convertible offers the same benchmark performance, including a top speed of over 200 mph.”
My previous ride was a 2007 Corvette Pace car, and it had Z51 suspension that gripped in any situation. I had LS2 power with a 6 speed automatic. It was fun, but more power was all that was lacking. Unlike the steel C6 frame, all late model Corvettes have hydroformed aluminum as their basis. A decade of innovation has led to the death of the steel chassis, as aluminum is lighter, without rust issues of steel.
2019 Corvette ZR1 Convertible Specs
- Engine: Supercharged LT5 6.2-liter
- Power: 755 horsepower and 715 lb-ft of torque
- 0-60 mph: Under 3 seconds
- Top Speed: Over 200 mph
- Price: $123,995
Corvette’s 7th generation was built as a convertible from the beginning so it will have no problem handling such wild power. The press release shows a bulging hood with the top down and it makes for a unique persona, but don’t tell me a 7-speed manual with comfortable magnetic suspension is not appealing. We have no problem with a late-model Corvette convertible, but we only wish the top was offered without the power assistance. Something about the Miata’s simplicity would be nice on the ZR1.
As for weight, the curb weight difference between the Coupe and Convertible is less than 60. An increase in weight for a convertible version of a coupe is just about always expected.
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