New exhaust setting allows for almost unrestricted airflow, ensuring owners can enjoy the roof-down experience
Jim Holder
29 November 2017

The Corvette ZR1 convertible has been revealed, powered by the same 745bhp, 715lb ft, 6.2-litre supercharged V8 as the coupé.

Power is sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed manual or an optional eight-speed paddle-shift automatic gearbox. The ZR1 has never been sold with a paddle-shift option before. Top speed is rated at 212mph, with a so-called Low Wing being deployed to generate downforce at high speeds.

Buyers can spec a Performance Package, which includes an exaggerated front splitter, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, magnetic ride control and a High Wing, which generates 430kg of downforce at the cost of some aerodynamic efficiency. Corvette says the pack will improve track times, but its fitment does slightly reduce the ZR1 convertible’s top speed.

Corvette claims that the ZR1’s aluminium chassis means that the convertible didn’t need substantially re-working from the coupe, with the challenges of accommodating the folding roof and repositioning the seat belt mounts being relatively easy. The roof structure adds 27kg of extra weight, however.

The ZR1 convertible's exhaust also features four modes, one of which is said to put the car in contention for the title of having the world's loudest exhaust note. The four settings are Stealth, which is quieter even than a standard Z06, Tour, Sport and Track, which is significantly louder than standard.  When Track is engaged a spring-loaded passive valve closes to allow almost unrestricted exhaust flow.

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The ZR1 convertible will cost from $123,995 (£92,500) when it goes on sale in spring 2018 - a rise over the coupe’s $119,995 (£89,500). Neither is planned to be sold in the UK.

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29 November 2017

kind of missed the Boat about a decade ago, Uncle Sams Hotrod isn’t a global Car, no wheel on right so Country’s that do you might sell more,and then there’s the quality, the fit and finish, is that up to European standards...?

Peter Cavellini.

29 November 2017

What are you on about, man?  Fit and finish! 

 

It has a manual box, 745bhp, and costs $124k dollars for goodness sake.  It is a car that is alive and full of joy and madness.  It will scare the neighbours and make kids giggle.  Not some poncy, flappy paddle, hybrid, faux serious, nonsense.  

 

I cannot think why your first inclination is to kick it?

29 November 2017

Makes you think what it'd be like at 200+ mph with the top down with that V8 wailing in front of you and you can order it from any Chevy dealer. One of the great performance bargains at $125k plus tax, for that amount of money nothing comes close to it!!!!!! a wonderful finale to the V8 front engined Corvette, The forthcoming mid engined V6 powered will have mighty boots to fill but I look forward to it's debut next year,after all it's only been fifty years since the Aerovette concept car was first shown to the public.

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