While all of the internet is speculating about the upcoming C8 Corvette and the possibility of it being a mid-engine supercar, Chevrolet has been busy updating their top of the line moniker, the ZR1, for the current generation. At this year's Los Angeles Auto Show, that hard work was finally unveiled for the masses in convertible form.
Using the same powerplant as the one found in the hardtop version, the convertible Corvette ZR1 will be producing the same 755 horsepower and 715 lb-ft of torque from its 6.2-liter LT5 supercharged V-8 engine. That level of power is good enough to bring the hardtop version to over 210 MPH, and Chevrolet claims that the convertible version will be able to eclipse the 200 MPH mark. If you were ever curious about what it feels like to ride a missile, this might be your closest approximation.
You can either get the standard 7 speed manual transmission or an 8 speed automatic with the new ZR1. You might be thinking, "Why not have the 10-speed transmission that's found in the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1?" according to MotorAuthority: "they tried to get GM’s new 10-speed automatic to fit, but couldn’t make it work with the packaging. He (Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer) is confident the car’s “robust application” of the 8 speed will more than do the job."
The drop top version gained a 60 pounds over the hard top, but both cars should still be able to achieve a 0-60 times should be in the high 2s or low 3s. While the quarter mile time is estimated to be somewhere in the 10s. As for pricing The 2019 coupe can be yours $119,995. And this convertible is just $4K more at $123,995.