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Chevrolet Chops the Top Off the Corvette ZR1

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Chevrolet Chops the Top Off the Corvette ZR1

If you didn’t see this coming, you don’t know GM that well. We now have a 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 convertible to drool over, and it was revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Sure, it’s the first time a ZR1 has been offered topless since 1970, but this was an obvious move.

Thanks to the strong aluminum chassis, Chevrolet had to make zero tweaks to keep the ZR1 convertible’s body stiff enough. That’s impressive. Just as amazing is the fact the convertible model tips the scale at an extra 60 pounds. Supposedly, most of that is the hardware for the soft top. And you can put the top up or down at 30 mph or slower.

In case you don’t remember, the Corvette ZR1 can hit 212 mph. Under the hood is an LT5 6.2-liter supercharged V-8. It produces an earth-shattering 755 horsepower and 715 lb.-ft. of torque. You can pair it with 7-speed manual or 8-speed automatic with paddle shifters. Supposedly, the car can go 0 to 60 mph in under 3 seconds and rip the quarter mile in under 11 seconds.

This new ZR1 convertible goes on sale in the spring, so start counting your pennies. It will retail at $123,995, versus the $119,995 for the coupe.

Steven has been writing about cars and other transportation issues worldwide for over ten years. His love for cars started long before he can remember, with Corvettes and 911s being his first car-crushes. Since then, he has owned many types of vehicles and has come to appreciate a wide variety of models, the diverse car culture groups, and the automotive industry in general.


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