Extreme machine: convertible Corvette ZR1 takes the stage

Published: 29 November 2017

► Corvette ZR1 convertible
► Revealed at 2017 LA motor show
► 212mph, 755bhp, $124k

Is this the most extreme convertible 'Vette ever? Not long after Chevrolet revealed the new Corvette ZR1, the convertible version has surfaced at the 2017 LA motor show.

It’s the first ZR1 convertible since 1970 and comes with enough power and aerodynamic abilities to tear a hole in time itself.

Like the coupe, the enormous 6.2-litre supercharged LT5 V8 in the drop top produces 755bhp and 715lb ft of torque, pushing it to a max speed of 212mph. Zero to 60mph is over in just three seconds. The convertible is just 27kg heavier than the coupe, mainly due to the folding roof mechanism.

The V8 uses GM’s new dual-fuel-injection system, which employs primary direct injection and supplemental port injection. Again like the coupe, you can choose from a seven-speed manual or an eight-speed auto ‘box.

Corvette ZR1 overhead

The optional ZTK Performance Package throws in a front splitter, sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres and tuning to the Magnetic Ride Control system. The piece de resistance, though, is the two-way adjustable High Wing that can generate up to 430kg of downforce. The wing lowers the top speed, but Chevy assures us that the top speed still remains over the double ton. Phew.

If you want your V8 brute to settle down or howl like a werewolf, the new exhaust system has four different modes – Stealth, Tour, Sport and Track. Stealth allows you to creep around town without much fuss, while Track allows ‘virtually unrestricted exhaust flow for maximum performance.’

Want one? Well, if you live in the US, Chevy will ask you for at least $123,995, while the ZTK pack is an extra $2995. 

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By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches