Chevrolet has shook things up considerably by unveiling the much-rumored 2015 Corvette Z06 convertible. It is the first time a Z06 has been offered with a drop-top, meaning you should expect to see at least a few toupees blown off in your area. The big change to the Z06 comes after Chevrolet announced that the latest iteration of the car will also be offered with an optional automatic transmission for the first time.
Lest anyone accuse Chevrolet of softening up the Z06, keep in mind that the automaker says estimated output for both coupe and convertible versions of the car are pegged at 625 horsepower and 635 lb.-ft. of torque, putting the car in the same league as the venerable C6 ZR1 supercar.
The convertible soft top folds down and back up with the press of a single button, making operation rather easy. Apparently, the convertible version was created to draw in more buyers to the Z06, considering couples looking for a Corvette would sometimes have at least one person who did not like that the Z06 did not allow for the wind to whip through their hair. With this new announcement, the company has just eliminated countless potential future fights between empty nesters across the nation.
Some enthusiasts have foregone the convertible Corvettes in the past out of a concern that the cars did not offer as much handling prowess as coupe models. Chevrolet anticipated this concern and created an engineering solution, making the convertible 2015 Z06 20 percent stiffer than the C6 Z06 coupe, thanks to upgrades like stiffer springs, aggressive shock valving, high braking forces, and stiff suspension bars, plus a little engineering black magic.