No compromises with the Brand’s Flagship.
For those who don’t want the coupe with a removable hardtop, It’s the first ZR1 drop-top since the one first one that came out in year 1970. New 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 convertible comes with its 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 Engine. The coupe has a top speed of whooping 212 mph, and the convertible also exceeds marvellous 200 mph. Preliminary testing by Chevy states that the ZR1 is doing 0–60 mph in less than 3.0 seconds, and the quarter mile is in the “high 10-second range” with the eight-speed automatic transmission.
Both the convertible and coupe is going to be in your nearest dealership in the upcoming spring , with the price tag of $119,995 for the coupe, and the convertible starts at $123,995. Chevy knew from the start that this ZR1 would be different concept, they knew that its time to offer the king as a convertible and with an automatic transmission just push a button, and the top is down in 21 seconds and it can be done remotely even while driving at the speed of 30mph. Being a convertible is part of Corvette heritage. The first model was a convertible; a concept car at the Motorama display in the New York Auto Show, 1953, which even led to over 300 hand-built white convertibles for the ’53 model year. The ’63 Sting Ray introduced the idea of a coupe, and the C3 brought us the removable top.
“There was always going to be a convertible,” said Tom Peters, design chief for Chevrolet Performance. “There was no doubt in my mind,” he said. In the end, the 6.2 litre supercharged V-8 has been tuned to produce 755 horsepower and 715 lb-ft of torque, helped by the massive 2.65-liter supercharger. For now, the ZR1 is the most powerful ’Vette till the date, and there are no compromises for those who are willing to buy the convertible. It has the same underbody as the coupe, the same aluminium track chassis with no extra bracing required, and the same suspension tuning. “All the convertible hardware just bolts right on,” Juechter said.
Like the coupe the convertible also comes with a choice of a stanchion-mounted smaller low wing or a really high wing bolted to the chassis; this wing produces upto 950 pounds of downforce and needs a front underwing in the splitter to keep the front down. The high wing is part of the $2,995 ZTK Performance package, which can be bought with the car. Surprisingly Chevy is still offering the seven-speed manual transmission, buyers can always get the automatic which is for the first time in a ZR1 with GM’s eight-speed with paddle shift. The cars also have for the first time, GM’s first dual fuel-injection system: primary direct injection and the supplemental port injection. The claimed fuel economy by the company is 15/22 mpg in city/highway while driving with the manual and 13/23 with the automatic.
The 2019 ZR1 reflects today’s customers who want all the choices in their biggest and baddest dream car, Juechter said. That means adding an automatic transmission option, and it means offering a convertible. “People want everything max,” said Peters, who is in love with the lower yet wider look of the convertible. “The drama of the body shape stands out more. The wing will be over the top on the convertible. That is a dramatic statement. It is our gift to the world.” For true appreciation, put the top down in the convertible and select Track, Peters said.
Convertibles could be 15% of the total mix. Owners probably will never track their car, Peters said. They prefer the look and shape of a convertible but still want a powerful car and know how to make a remarkable entrance. “Picture pulling up to a restaurant in an orange one,” he said, referring to the Sebring Orange Design package with orange body and matching brake callipers, rocker and splitter accent stripes, seat belts, and stitching and they can still get two golf bags in the back with the folded top.
Source : MotorTrend