The 755bhp Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 flagship goes topless at Los Angeles Motor Show.
It was only two weeks ago when Chevrolet unveiled the mad, mad Corvette ZR1 coupe – which, in case you’ve forgotten, is the fastest production ‘Vette ever – and there’s a drop-top version of the supercar already as the company launched the 2019 Corvette ZR1 convertible at the ongoing 2017 LA Motor Show. Well, not only does it look borderline bonkers, they also say that it’s the first time since 1970 that a drop-top, flaunting ZR1 badging is going on sale.
As per Chevrolet, the ZR1 convertible is a no-compromise supercar, meaning it packs all the goodness of the coupe with only a few changes. It gets the same lightweight aluminium chassis with minor structural adjustments so as to accommodate the folding top and only gains 27 kilograms over the coupe if Chevrolet is to be believed. As for the roof, it can be electrically operated at speeds up to 50km/h.
Since we’re on the topic of speed, the ZR1 drop-top can click some insane numbers on the dials. For starters, it has a top speed of 341km/h and will do 0-100km/h within 3 seconds! These are, of course, identical to the coupe and that’s understood because the drop-top also comes fitted with the same LT5 6.2-litre V8 supercharged petrol engine that develops 755bhp and 969Nm of torque. Power goes strictly to rear wheels, albeit you have got the choice to choose between a seven-speed manual and eight-speed automatic transmissions.
Track-day regulars can opt for optional ZTK Performance Package that adds a front splitter with carbon-fibre end caps, an adjustable rear wing, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres and specific chassis and Magnetic Ride Control tuning. Although this package will improve grip levels immensely around a track, top-speed will suffer a bit. Still, Chevrolet claims the ZR1 convertible will be able to hit over 320k/h with the performance pack.