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Chevrolet Offers Drop-Top Version of 2019 Corvette ZR1

Chevrolet Offers Drop-Top Version of 2019 Corvette ZR1

Chevrolet has dropped the top of the 2019 Corvette ZR1. The drop-top version marks the first Corvette ZR1 Convertible offered on since the original ZR1 rolled out in 1970.

On sale next spring alongside the Corvette ZR1 coupe, the ZR1 convertible emphasizes Corvette’s iconic proportions and functional sculpture, highlighting the seamless transition between the exterior and interior.

The ZR1 coupe will carry a suggested retail price of $119,995, while the ZR1 convertible will start at $123,995 (prices include destination charge, but exclude tax, title and other dealer fees).

“The new Corvette ZR1 convertible is a supercar in all respects,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain. “Few others can challenge the ZR1 convertible’s power and speed while offering the exhilaration of top-down motoring.”

Much like the Corvette Z06, the structural integrity of the C7 Corvette is such that no changes to the chassis are needed other than those to accommodate the folding top.

In fact, the curb weight difference between the ZR1 coupe and convertible is less than 60 pounds (27 kg), with most of the difference attributed to the folding top hardware.

“The ZR1 convertible is a no-compromise supercar,” said Corvette Executive Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter. “Thanks to the strong structure, the suspension tuning between coupe and convertible models is identical, meaning the ZR1 convertible offers the same benchmark performance, including a top speed of over 200 mph.”

Like the recently revealed coupe, the ZR1 convertible is powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 with 755 horsepower and 715 pound-feet of torque.

The ZR1 coupe will carry a suggested retail price of $119,995, while the ZR1 convertible will start at $123,995 (prices include destination charge, but exclude tax, title and other dealer fees).





 

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