The Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Pops Its Top in Time for Beijing
Not long ago, Chevrolet (NYSE:GM) announced that it would be bringing a Corvette variant to the Beijing Auto Show later this month, which set the rumor mill in motion as speculations abounded as to what it could be. Chevy had already ruled out a ZR1, so we knew it wasn’t going to be that; that left it open to a special edition, like the Black Widow model from Chicago or, as it turned out to be, a convertible model of the bonkers Z06.
To refresh your memories, the Z06 packs quite a wallop — more so than usual, since there won’t be a range-topping ZR1, at least yet. It houses 625 horsepower and 635 pound-feet of torque within its bowels, which is a lot for any car, but a particularly high level for a convertible. This is because convertibles have to be designed differently to accommodate the roof when it folds down, and to make due without the rigidity that a conventional roof provides.
“Until recently, it was not possible to create a lightweight, open-roof structure strong enough to cope with the braking, cornering, and acceleration of Corvette’s top performance models,” Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter said in GM’s press blast. “The frame for the Z06 convertible leverages advancements in computer-aided engineering, metallurgy, and manufacturing techniques — many of which were not available just five years ago.”