Promptly after the reveal of the all-new ZR1 Corvette at the Dubai Motor Show, Chevrolet has revealed its drop-head sibling. The 2019 ZR1 Convertible is the first drop-top ZR1 since the original 1970 model-year ZR1.
The ZR1 Convertible carries forward the hardware from the standard ZR1. So under the hood is the same T5 6.2-litre supercharged V8 engine breathing out 755bhp and a tarmac-ripping 969Nm of torque making it the most powerful convertible to wear the Bowtie badge. A seven-speed manual transmission and a ZR1-first paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmission options send the firepower to the rear wheels. The automatic is capable of doing a quarter mile in a high 10-second range, boasts the American carmaker.
The aluminium chassis altered to fit the soft-top ensures that the Convertible is only 27 kilograms heavier than the hardtop. The power top can be operated remotely or while driving up to 48kmph. Top speed is the same 341kmph. The aero packages of the hard-top ZR1 like the stanchion-mounted Low Wing. Whereas the ZTK Performance Package adds a High Wing with a front splitter with carbon-fibre end caps, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires and specific chassis and Magnetic Ride Control tuning. It is designed for generation up to 400 kilograms of downforce.
Sales for the all-new ZR1 Convertible will start in spring 2018 alongside the ZR1 Coupe. Prices for the ZR1 Coupe will start at $119,995 while the ZR1 Convertible will be priced from $123,995. The drop-top ZR1 will make its public debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Motor Show.