The folding mechanism made Chevrolet reposition the safety belt mounts, but other than that, there’s nothing that sets the Convertible apart from the Coupe. What is special about the newcomer, however, is that it’s the first ZR1 drop-top since the original from the model year 1970.
Chevrolet hasn’t had to make any structural changes to the aluminium body to accommodate the folding roof, which is electronically controlled and it can be operated at speeds of up to 30mph. Only 27kg has been added to the weight of the Convertible, which comes down to the folding mechanism.
The performance and technology introduced on the coupe carry over to the ZR1 Convertible. Under the hood sits the new LT5 6.2-liter supercharged V-8, which delivers a stout 755 horsepower and 715 pound-feet of torque. All of this is routed to the rear wheels, either via a 7-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic.
In the end, we suspect any degradation in downforce or speed – if there is any – will be of absolutely no concern to the folks buying this car. It’s a freaking 755-horsepower Corvette convertible from the factory, with a shrieking supercharger up front turning the rear tires into atomized dust. We so can’t wait to get behind the wheel.