Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Loses Its Top During Official Debut
Even though we’ve seen it before, Chevrolet brought the 2019 Corvette ZR1 to the L.A. Auto Show to unveil its sizable price tag. Despite the six-figure sticker, the unabashedly American car manages to be a comparatively good deal for those in the market for a “budget” supercar. That doesn’t mean the ZR1 comes up short on specs. With its LT5 6.2-liter supercharged V8 pumping out 755 horsepower and 715 lb-ft of torque, it’s an SAE-certified monster of the highest order.
With a starting price of $119,995, the ZR1 remains more affordable than many exotic offerings with fewer ponies under the hood. If you need the wind in your hair, General Motors is also willing to provide a convertible variant with an MSRP of $123,995.
“The ZR1 convertible is a no-compromise supercar,” said Corvette 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.”
The hardtop ZR1 pushes the outer limits of speed slightly further, with its unique aero package makes 212 mph a possibility. But anything over 200 mph should be enough for the daily commute, so you aren’t sacrificing much in the convertible. It’s also only 60 pounds heavier than the standard coupe, which ought to keep its handling dynamics pretty crisp.
“The new Corvette ZR1 convertible is a supercar in all respects,” said Mark Reuss, General Motors’ executive vice president for global product development, in a statement. “Few others can challenge the ZR1 convertible’s power and speed while offering the exhilaration of top-down motoring.”
While we wouldn’t want to attempt 200 mph with the top down in any car, we like that the ZR1 has the capability to do so. Offered with either a seven-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic, General Motors claims preliminary testing has shown the ZR1’s 0-to-60 mph time to reside somewhere below 3.0 seconds. Meanwhile, its quarter-mile time in said to be in the high 10-second range when equipped with the automatic.
The 2019 Corvette ZR1 convertible is expected to go on sale in the spring, right alongside the coupe. Both will also be on display for the public at the Los Angeles Auto Show from December 1st through the 10th.
[Images: General Motors]
Detroit-Iron on Nov 30, 2017
I was going to chime in with some bench-racer bs about diluting the brand, but hey, it's the ZR1. At least it's not a drop-top Z06. It is fast and cool and if you think $120k is a ripoff for 755 horses then all I can say is mozel tov because you must be doing very well.
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