2015 Corvette Z016 Convertible Debuts at New York Auto Show

Image: 2015 Corvette Z016 Convertible Debuts at New York Auto Show An employee dusts off a Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible car during the media day ahead of the 84th Geneva Motor Show at the Palexpo Arena in Geneva.

Monday, 14 Apr 2014 10:49 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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General Motor's 2015 Corvette Z016 convertible will make its debut at this week's New York Auto Show where 'vette fanatics can peek at its 600-horsepower engine and seven-speed manual transmission.

The New York Auto show is slated for Wednesday and Thursday at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. 

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"Designed to make mincemeat of cars like the Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet, everything that's good about the Z06 Coupe can be found on the droptop," Brandon Turkus, of Autoblog.com, wrote. "Supercharged, 6.2-liter V8? Check. Seven-speed manual? Check. Same obsession with weight? Check." 

The convertibles usually weigh more than coupes because of mechanics, but GM engineers were able to keep the Z06 light with cutting-edge technology.

"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," Corvette chief engineer Tadge 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." 

General Motors is touting the Corvette Z06 as the most powerful convertible ever created by Chevrolet. The vehicle is the first Z06 convertible built from the factory since 1963, when the car's option package was unveiled for endurance racing.

"The Z06 Convertible is a world-class supercar in every sense," Mark Reuss, executive vice president of global product development for General Motors, said in a statement. "Only a handful of convertibles in the world bring more than 600 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. Even fewer can match the advanced technologies, aerodynamic design, and visceral driving experience of the Z06 Convertible."

GM has not announced a price for the vehicle, but it is scheduled to hit the market in early 2015, months after the Corvette Z06 hardtop.

Edmunds.com projected that convertible could cost as much as $90,000.

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