Chevrolet Debuts Fastest-Ever Corvette ZR1 Convertible in L.A.
Chevrolet debuted one of the fastest, most powerful California open-air rides this week by unveiling the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Convertible at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. The 2018 Corvette ZR1 Coupe already created excitement earlier this year at the Dubai intro, but the new Chevrolet premium convertible which arrives in dealer showrooms next Spring is a true spirited open-air motor sports model. The first convertible Corvette in 47 years will have a starting MSRP of $123,995.
The Sebring Orange midsize premium sporty Convertible shown at the LA Auto Show is powered by the same 6.2-liter V-8 engine in the Coupe that produces a heady 755 horsepower when matched with a 7-speed manual or 8-speed automatic. It’s an ultimate top down two-seater. The Coupe version can travel at a speed of 212 mph and reach 0-60 mph in under 3 seconds, according to parent firm General Motors’ officials. The convertible will likely top 200 mph.
The 2019 Corvette ZR1 Convertible can be ordered with an available aero package that includes the standard low wing that generates downforce for less drag to help the car achieve top speeds. Additionally there’s an adjustable High Wing that is part of a $2,995 ZTK Performance Package that includes front splitter and Michelin special tires plus extra handling and tuning enhancements.
More carbon fiber components are used on both new ZR1 variants than on any other Corvette to date and the aerodynamic rear wing is mounted on the car’s frame rather than the trunk lid for stability. The Convertible weighs more due to the folding top, which can be operated remotely or when moving at speeds under 30 mph. The only change between the Coupe and Convertible variant is that seat belt mounts had to be repositioned. Not only does this open-air variant gleam with speed, but it also offers a Stealth quiet mode with a new 4-mode exhaust system.