Chevrolet drops top on 2019 Corvette ZR1

Posted on Dec 1, 2017 by

Fresh after the world debut of the new Corvette coupe in Dubai, Chevrolet has revealed the first ZR1 since 1970

2018 2019 chevrolet corvette zr1

In the nearly 65 years of the Corvette nameplate, there has been too many iterations of the iconic model to list, although, there’s been no mid-engined Corvette, yet… Chevrolet also hasn’t offered  drop-top ZR1 since 1970, but now that the seventh-generation C7 and fresh after the Americans revealed the new ZR1 coupe to the world right here in Dubai, they’ve decided everyone’s waited long enough.

So give a warm marhaba to the new 2019 ZR1 convertible, which will be on sale in the summer of with the same bonkers powertrain as the coupe — that means a 6.2-litre supercharged V8 producing 750 horsepower and 969Nm of torque, with substantial aerodynamic aids, and a quarter-mile time in the 10-second range, as well as a 0-100km/h sprint time of three seconds or under.

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Compared to the coupe, the first ZR1 convertible in 47 years will roll out with an extra 27kg added to the kerb weight figure, thanks to the folding hard-top mechanism, which can open the roof on the move at speeds of up to 50km/h.

Top speed is rated at 341km/h by Chevrolet, and the company promises uncompromising performance despite the retractable roof: “Thanks to the strong structure, the suspension tuning between coupe and convertible models is identical, meaning the ZR1 convertible offers the same benchmark performance, including a top speed of over 320km/h,” claims Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter.  

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After calls of overheating during heavy use, Juechter has stepped up with the ZR1 adding four new radiators to the model bringing the total to 13 radiators in total if you include oil, transmission and differential cooling systems. It’s probably safe to say the ZR1 convertible will be fine in our Middle Eastern summers.

The car will make its official public premiere at the next week.

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