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2014 New York Auto Show: 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible (FAQ)

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What Is It?
2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible

What's New About This Model?
When Chevrolet unveiled the hardtop version of the Corvette Z06 at January's Detroit auto show, it was expected that a convertible version might follow, and here it is. All the same as the 2015 Corvette Z06 coupe — 600-horsepower-plus supercharged V8, upsized tires and brakes and racecar-inspired styling and aerodynamic aids — making the Z06 maybe the hairiest convertible you'll find this side of six figures.

When Does It Go on Sale?
Chevrolet tells us the 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible goes on sale early in 2015, about three months after the hardtop Z06 hits showrooms late this year.

How Much Does It Cost?
Of course Chevy's not ready to talk turkey on a car that's nearly a year from showrooms. We project the 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible might approach $90,000 or more, but we're also betting the base price will be kept under the six-figure mark.

How Many Body Styles and Trim Levels Are There?
The 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible will come as a soft-top convertible companion to the Z06 coupe.

What Kind of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?

  • 6.2-liter supercharged overhead-valve V8: projected 625 horsepower and 635 pound-feet of torque
  • Seven-speed manual transmission or eight-speed automatic with paddle shifters

What Unique Features Does It Offer?
There will be three levels of aerodynamic "packages" available, corresponding to increasing levels of stick-to-the-road-or-track downforce.

The fabric top can open or close at speeds up to 30 mph, just like the standard convertible, but it's unclear if the 2015 Z06 Convertible will offer the hardtop car's optional Performance Data Recorder, an integrated onboard video, audio and data recorder.

What Kind of Standard and Optional Safety Equipment Is Offered?
Front and side-impact airbags, a rearview camera, OnStar and daytime running lamps as well as stability and traction control are standard. Performance Traction Management, which enhances both safety and performance on the track, is optionally available. Chevrolet said the basic structure of the car is so robust, no roll bars or other rollover protection are required.

What Models Will It Compete Against?
Audi R8: Exotic looks join with a great engine for a special driving experience in almost every way. Although one of the less costly high-performance convertibles you can buy, it's still likely to be way more money than the surely faster 2015 Chevy Corvette Z06 Convertible.

BMW M6 Convertible: Although its 560-hp V8 certainly will wake you up in the morning, spiritually, the lux-oriented M6 soft top doesn't hold a candle to the Z06. It's just one of the closest options you'll find to the mighty Z06 convertible's blend of price and power.

Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible: Bombastic power from its supercharged V8 matched with a suspension that's a little, uh, challenged in dealing with 662 hp, making for a rollicking performance convertible in which refinement is relegated permanently to the backseat.

Should You Wait for It?
If the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible is a car you can realistically consider, put in your order and hope the year passes quickly.

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