General Motors has pulled the wraps off its 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible, a few days ahead of its world debut next week at the New York Auto Show, but just in time for some spring-weekend dreaming about top-down driving.
Top-down driving with 625 horsepower, that is. (DON'T MISS: Man Makes Car With... Expanding Foam?)
The all-new Z06 drop top will feature the same powertrain as the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 coupe, with a supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V-8 engine that will be able to meter out "at least 625 horsepower and 635 lb-ft of torque." It will be offered up with a seven-speed manual gearbox, but it will also be available with the new eight-speed automatic transmission, which, Chevy has said, shifts faster than Porsche's PDK gearbox.
It will be interesting to see how Corvette purists view the idea of a Z06 with a convertible roof. And to counter what they might say, it's worth pointing to what chief engineer Tadge Juechter noted to us when we took our first drive in the 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible: that the roof (and even roll hoop) aren't structurally necessary. The C7 Corvette was conceived, designed, and engineered as an open-top car, and the Z06, even with the greater forces, vibration, and torque that its body might be subjected to [ehem].
Regardless of what they might think of such a ragtop, it's certain that this newest Z06 will offer an amazing driving experience top up or down. (ALSO SEE: Hear The Koenigsegg One:1's 1,340-HP Engine Start Up And Rev: Video)
We'll bring you a full set of live photos and plenty more from the people who created this phenomenal convertible when we get to see it in the flesh next week.