With summer and the thought of girls roaming the beaches in string bikinis lurking, GM has decided that NOW is the perfect time to release the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible. So, earlier this week they unveiled the beautiful and ferocious new car at the New York International Auto Show.
Initially, when news first broke about this 2015 convertible version of the Z06, many people were surprised. After all, there hadn’t been a Z06 convertible since 1963!!! And the ’63 convertible wasn’t exactly taking over the roads; there was only 1 of its kind ever made! So, why the sudden change of heart?
Well, according to chief Corvette engineer, Tadge Juechter, technology has caught up. In a recent interview, he says, “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. 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.”
Judging by the numbers, the 2015 convertible will have no problem competing with other Corvette models, either.
The new Z06 is powered by an all-new LT4 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine that will produce a walloping 625 horsepower and 635 pound feet of torque. Also, power will be channeled into the rear wheels through (depending on the driver’s choice) a 7 speed manual transmission or a paddle-shiftable 8-speed automatic. And believe it or not, this convertible is just as fast as any Corvette Coupe being offered, clocking in with a 3.4 0-60 time.
Wow. As the lawless Willie Beamen once said, this car will surely keep the ladies creamin’.
According to reports, this car will be on the market for somewhere in between $80- 100,000. Compared to other “super cars,” this doesn’t exactly sound like a bad deal.
For Corvette, this car surely marks a changing of the guard. They’ve long expressed a desire to expand and reach a wider audience, both through their look and usability. Juechter says, “Some hard-core owners liked the idea that it was track-specific, only manual transmission, and you had to be pretty macho to step up and buy one. It created a little bit of an exclusive club. But we are in the business of selling cars to people who love cars, not creating clubs to exclude people.”