Yesterday at a special preview party for Chevrolet at the New York International Auto show, the Laguna Blue 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible was driven onto the stage and then GM’s Mark Reuss introduced the new drop-top super car, once again referring to the high performance C7 model as “The Big Nasty”.
“Ladies and gentlemen, introducing the first ever super car convertible from Chevrolet. The 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible. The ‘Big Nasty’ has flipped its lid.” said Reuss before Chevy’s assembled guests.
Corvette’s Product Manager Harlan Charles said in a posting on GM’s Fastlane blog that the 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible “is the car Corvette fans have dared us to build for years”.
“Thanks to the 2015 Corvette Z06′s new aluminum frame, not only is the new chassis lighter than the frame used in the C6 Z06, it’s also 20 percent stiffer than the previous Z06 fixed-roof coupe. That new-found strength allows us to create the Z06 Convertible without the use of any additional structural reinforcement, and subsequently keep weight to a minimum. In fact, the convertible’s curb weight is nearly identical to the new 2015 Corvette Z06 coupe, allowing it to share chassis tuning.” writes Harlan on Fastlane.
Like the Z06 Coupe introduced at the Detroit Auto Show in January, the Z06 Convertible will have the same LT4 supercharged 6.2L engine that will deliver at least 625 hp and 635 lb-ft of torque. Both cars promise 0-60 mph times under 3.5 seconds and buyers will be able to choose between a seven-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Matching or the new eight-speed automatic built specifically with the Z06 in mind.
“This convertible is every bit as capable as the Z06 Coupe, which has already recorded the fastest times in our laps around our Michigan Milford MRC test track.” said Reuss at the preview party.
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