Chevrolet releases the Z06 Corvette Convertible into the wild image

The New York International Auto Show will see the timely introduction of the first Z06 Corvette Convertible since 1963.

As this is Chevrolet’s most powerful convertible, the 2015 Z06 Corvette will have under the hood a LT4 6.2-liter V8 with 625 horsepower and 635 pound-feet of torque (860 Nm). That’s good enough for a 0-100 km/h time of just 3.5 seconds.

“The Z06 Convertible is a world-class supercar in every sense,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president, General Motors global product development. “Only a handful of convertibles in the world bring more than 600 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. Even fewer can match the advanced technologies, aerodynamic design, and visceral driving experience of the Z06 Convertible.”

While this is the first Z06 convertible since 1963 – the Z06 convertible of the day was negligible, only one of 199 cars with the z06 option was ordered, and it was a track only package back then.

“The frame for the Z06 convertible leverages advancements in computer-aided engineering, metallurgy, and manufacturing techniques – many of which were not available just five years ago,” adds Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter.

With the structure 20% stiffer than last generation Z06 coupe, the convertible uses all the goodies on the current Z06 coupe, needing no additional structural reinforcements and having around the same weight.

Also, the Z07 package is optionally available, which brings perks like Brembo carbon-ceramic matrix brakes, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires and adjustable front- and rear-aerodynamic components.