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Chevy unveils 2019 ZR1 Corvette convertible at LA Auto Show

Chevrolet unveils it's new 2019 ZR1 Corvette Convertible during the auto trade show AutoMobility LA at Zynderia Studio November 28, 2017, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian)
Chevrolet unveils it's new 2019 ZR1 Corvette Convertible during the auto trade show AutoMobility LA at Zynderia Studio November 28, 2017, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian)

Chevy unveiled a new Corvette on Wednesday at the LA Auto Show.

Here's the official release from Chevrolet: 

Chevrolet today dropped the top on the 2019 Corvette ZR1 with the global introduction of the ZR1 convertible, the first ZR1 drop-top since the original 1970 model-year ZR1.

On sale next spring alongside the Corvette ZR1 coupe, the ZR1 convertible emphasizes Corvette’s iconic proportions and functional sculpture, highlighting the seamless transition between the exterior and interior.

The ZR1 coupe will carry a suggested retail price of $119,995, while the ZR1 convertible will start at $123,995 (prices include destination charge, but exclude tax, title and other dealer fees).

The new ZR1 convertible is almost identical to the ZR1 coupe, save structural changes needed for the folding top and repositioned safety belt mounts. The convertible top can open remotely or while driving up to 30 mph.

 

 

It boasts a top speed of 212 mph from a 755-horsepower engine. Here's the description from Chevy:

Complementing the ZR1’s aero advantage on the way to 212 mph is the thrust generated by the exclusive LT5 6.2L supercharged engine, which is rated at an SAE-certified 755 horsepower (563 kW) and 715 lb-ft of torque (969 Nm). A seven-speed manual transmission and a ZR1-first paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmission are offered with it. Preliminary testing has shown 0-60 mph in under 3.0 seconds and the quarter mile in the high 10-second range when the engine is equipped with the eight-speed automatic.

Here's the LA Times story on the reveal: