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Two weeks after we first got to see Chevrolet's new Corvette ZR1 at the Dubai International Motor Show, General Motors has lifted the covers off the ZR1 Convertible at the Los Angeles Auto Show - this being the first ZR1 drop-top since the original 1970 ZR1. Under its bulging hood is the same powerplant as in the coupe - a monstrous LT5 6.2-litre supercharged V8 sending 563kw and 969nm to the rear wheels via either a seven-speed manual transmission or a ZR1-first paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmission. And much like the coupe, it bolts from 0-96kph in under 3 seconds, runs the quarter mile in the high 10s, while top speed is claimed to be over 320kph - some 20kph down on the coupe. Four new radiators also help manage cooling in the ZR1, which features 13 radiators in all, including circuits for engine oil, transmission and differential cooling. Interestingly enough, the convertible is only 27kgs heavier than the coupe, and the power roof can be operated while driving up to speeds of 50kph. Like the coupe, the ZR1 Convertible can be equipped with the ZTK Performance Package, adding a large rear wing, front splitter, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres and Magnetic Ride control suspension. The car goes on sale in the US in March 2018, with a price tag of US$123,995 for the convertible, and US$119,995 for the coupe. #TunedAutomotive #SomeShitAboutCars

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