Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible Automatic, it will take more than a folding top to dilute its speed

2015-05-04 09:53:11
Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible Automatic, it will take more than a folding top to dilute its speed
Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible Automatic, it will take more than a folding top to dilute its speed

Clubbing a convertible with automatic is equal to mixing fat-free or sugar-free substances in your dessert, and it can really suck the fun out of a sports model car.  But the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 proves it otherwise and expresses that the car does not need to suffer because they have taken off the roof and have added an automatic gearbox.


The raise in the beef by 55 pounds goes unnoticed, but the construction is rigid enough to take on the track, and you also have an additional gear in the fast-shifting eight-speed compared to the manual to play around. One should admit that a manual-equipped Z06 is more fun than a convertible with an automatic, and this should be attributed to the stick. Of course, the conventional automatic permits to choose gears, but you are mostly left out of the action as it shifts the gears itself.

However both these options can be bought with the track-specific Z07 package, which comes with several aerodynamic improvements, and a set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 run-flat rubbers. After equipping itself with the above the convertible offers a skidpad figure of 1.17g. The front wheel tires dart eagerly while the back tires plant themselves on the road and the result is smooth drive provided you keep the throttle steady. You get endless grip from the tires when you travel on canyon roads, and you start diving into corners with more speed. The steering wheel aptly response to the cornering pressure and controls of the rack is accurate and quick.

 You don’t find a noticeable difference in the handling department of convertible and coupe. Both these vehicles sail through corners and possess unbelievable grip. The earlier examples of the Z06 coupes fitted with the Z07 package offered different performance as one gripped better while the other fared marginally worse. If you want to find something, then the convertible without roof or glass brings the gravity closed to the ground thus making the chassis breathe easily. The discernable part is the kind of force your neck has to bear while driving the convertible.

 Talking about physical abuse, it comes from another form, the 6.2 Liter V-8 supercharged engine with its 650 horses and 650 lb-ft of thrust which hurl the 3613 vehicle across the pavement.  But a two-speed Powerglide would have been sufficient, but the car has eight gears which are abundant. The Z06 Convertible takes just 3.1 seconds to take on the 0-60mph distance which is just a tenth of a second slower to the automatic coupe we tested earlier. You do not need brake torque to conquer better timing, but you need to be careful on the pedal lest you burn the Michelins out quickly. With the slight nod of your feet, the Z06 convertible sits up on its rear-wheels and bolts forward at blazing speed. The 0-30mph time of 1.3 seconds is astonishingly quick for a rear-wheel-drive car.

The base price of the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible Automatic is $87,020, and the tested vehicle cost $113,835. EPA-rated fuel figures are 13/21mpg for city and highway respectively, and we achieved 15mpg during our test drive.

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