2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible Shown in New York

If Chevrolet Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter didn’t already prove he deserved our 2014 Man of the Year award for his work on the new Stingray, he’s now completely outdone himself. Following the introduction of the stunning 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 at the Detroit auto show in January, we will now be treated to a Z06 convertible at the 2014 New York auto show.

Chevrolet says that this is the first factory-built Corvette Z06 convertible built since 1963, when just one of 199 Z06-equipped Corvettes rolled off the line as a drop-top. Although the 2013 Chevrolet Corvette 427 Convertible had a 505-hp, 7.0-liter LS7 V-8 engine from that year’s Z06, the 427 did not share the Z06’s aluminum frame. Because of rigidity issues, the 427 came instead with a steel frame and thus didn't share the Z06 name.

“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,” Juechter said in a statement. “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.”

Over 186,000 hours of computer modeling computation went into engineering the new chassis, which boasts five custom aluminum segments. The demands for the chassis are enormous, seeing as it needs to support the power of the Z06’s 625-hp supercharged V-8, as well as higher cornering forces.

“That would not have been possible without improvements in computer-aided engineering software,” explained Corvette engineering group manager Ed Moss in a statement, “which allowed us to model more than 17,000 frame iterations, with each iteration improving strength and stiffness, while reducing mass.”

The final structure is even 20 percent stiffer than the old hardtop Z06. The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 convertible requires no additional structural bracing, and thus adds almost no weight compared the standard 2015 Z06. It also offers the same powertrain, carbon-ceramic Brembo brakes, and Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires as the hardtop. All three trim levels of the Z06—including the base, the carbon-fiber aero package, and Z07 package—are also offered with the Z06 convertible. As on the hardtop, buyers pick between a seven-speed manual transmission and an eight-speed automatic.

Z06 convertible buyers will enjoy the new model’s thick fabric top which can be lowered remotely using the car’s key fob. The top will change position at speeds up to 30 mph, and features sound-deadening panels and a solid glass rear window.

Last year Juechter told us just how hard it was to get the 2014 Chevrolet Stingray just right, in part because of the culture at GM. "The corporation is structured around mainstream vehicles, and the Corvette is idiosyncratic, which makes some people uncomfortable,” he told us. Judging by what we’ve seen so far, anyone who drives the new 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 convertible with the top down on a sunny track day will likely change their tune.

Esper Carbonell
Ganda bunso
Marc Hamady
It should get tossed into a sinkhole, where the POS belongs.
Zoltán Engi
szépen összegyűltek a 6.2-es Chevyk :) camarok,Corvettek,és 1 Chevrolet SS :D
Floyd Richard Burdett
I would be THRILLED to have either one of these! :) But 'cruisin' in the Drop-Top would be FABULOUS! North GA and Blue Rige Mtns. on a clear sunny day, with the top down and a good friend riding along... Close to HEAVEN!
Richard Godfrey
Great color.
Adam Andre
just keep it away from sink holes if you can help it.
Surose Shakya
kaile huncha yo gadhi mero
Ricky Smith
I guess it's about time women got their own Z06.
Deep Dhankani
great car
Prathip Prathip
WOW it's soo nice caar
Parthasarathi Bera
Krishan Singh
My dream my future
Mihir Chapadia
Wow so wonderful car I like it
Solanki Kalpesh
Nice a car:-)
Raviranjan Pathak
wow what a car.
Nagesh Prince
Its my car i think i lost now u hot my car
Harishchandra Sharma
very cool...
Samuel Garcia
the greatest
Eric Casper
I would love to be in one of those for my birthday :-)
Glenn Sergeant
I concur.
Glenn Sergeant
Verte as in convertible. :)
Troy Watson
I dont hate these new model vets. Glenn Sergeant. And I bet its a hard to handle monster now
Glenn Sergeant
I know you hate verte's. but dayum. Troy Watson
Glenn Sergeant
In comparison to everything else, a bargain I think.
Collin Oskahpee
I'm guessing $97K
Dil Franklin
OH. MY. GAWD.....
Randy Kim
Wow.. 625 supercharged.. I want one..
Randel Ysandro M̶ ̶b̶
John Kurtz
Perry Bell
real nice price tag to much
Elaine Bythebeach
Pranav Shikhare
I wanna kiss it once !
Hugo Garcia
Michel Imbeault
Ouchhhhh vroummmm broummmmm
Christian Schmidt
Mah who cares, it is a Ferrvipemaro GTR wannabe from a bail out company.
Wlade Bujos
krdo je to, veće od afričkog ;)
Carlos Padilla
Patrick Brillian
Don Hancy
Jamie Lee
Kp Sangha
Mariana GlezPad
Pablo Ramírez te imaginé aquí amor
Jim Board
Rob Eckaus
Any roll hoops? Otherwise it won't be allowed on any track.
Laura LaMonte-Harris
Great color!
they really know how to keep your attention on the new Z06

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