April 16, 2014
New Car, New Look, 2015 Z06 Corvette Convertible
Every once in a while, an automaker will pull out all the stops to unveil a new vehicle design. Chevrolet is doing just that. They are unveiling a 2015 Z06 Corvette at the New York Auto Show, which isn’t new news, but being a Convertible is. The Vette being displayed is the first factory-built Corvette Z06 Convertible since 1963 and our friends at Top Speed have the specifics.
The 1963 model was called a “RPO Z06” and was fitted with a larger gas tank, a larger-diameter front anti-roll bar, a vacuum brake booster, larger shocks and stiffer springs. This was the Z06 package that was only available on the coupe models, but Chevy did fit one convertible with the package.
Chevrolet has been developing this model for four years using their new, all-aluminum structure, which allows the convertible model to not need any additional structural reinforcements. Other than the solid top being replaced by a ragtop, the coupe and convertible are basically the same. The convertible has the same carbon-fiber hood and rear spoiler as its coupe brother. It will also be available with the carbon-fiber aero package, as well as the Z07 package as options.
The top is electronically controlled, even when moving at speeds up to 30 mph. It has sound-absorbing padding, a rear glass window, and can be operated remotely. The top will be available in four different colors, which have not been released yet.
The new Z06 convertible is 48.8 inches high, 65.2 inches wide on the front, 64.85 inches wide on the rear, 176.9 inches long and has a 106.7-inch wheelbase.
The interior is the same as the coupe Z06, except for the fitted carbon-fiber panels behind the seats for when the top is folded. It has the same premium materials as the coupe, with magnesium framed seats and a flat bottom steering wheel.
The engine will be the same also, using the all-new, supercharged, 6.2-L V-8 with direct injection, an active fuel system and cylinder deactivation for fuel economy. This new power plant is estimated to produce at least 625 hp and 635 lb-ft of torque. The engine is connected to a seven-speed manual transmission or an available eight-speed automatic that is operated by paddle shifters behind the steering wheel. Zero to 60 mph is estimated to be around 3.5 seconds or less.
The suspension being used is a track tuned SLA-type with adjustable Magnetic Selective Ride Control dampers and an electronic limited-slip differential standard on both the coupe and convertible models. A performance braking system features 14.6-by-1.3 inch front rotors and 14.4-by-1 inch on the rear. These are fitted with six-piston calipers on the front and four-piston on the rear.
Lightweight aluminum wheels are standard, fitted with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires on the Z06. The Z07 package uses the Sport Cup 2 tires for added traction.
The purchase price hasn’t been released yet, but for the Corvette purchaser, it will be well worth every penny and well below other supercars’ price tags.
Featured Image Credit: Chevrolet / TopSpeed.com