Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Convertible debuts with $123995 price tag

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The power top can be operated remotely or while driving up to 48kmph.

The fastest, most powerful production Corvette ever was unveiled this week ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Flat out Chevrolet says the ZR1 convertible can hit 212mph.

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

Unlike some convertibles in the past, Chevrolet officials contend, there's little to no compromise with the ZR1 droptop, which has a curb weight within 60 pounds of the coupe.

Sales for the all-new ZR1 Convertible will start in spring 2018 alongside the ZR1 Coupe. The drop-top version marks the first Corvette ZR1 Convertible offered on since the original ZR1 rolled out in 1970. Thanks to the supercar's rigid structure, the ZR1 Convertible promises handling to rival its sibling.

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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 engine originates from the Z06, which sits a rung below the ZR1 in the Corvette hierarchy, but it has been overhauled with a new supercharger (52 per cent larger), upgraded fuel injection system (combining direct and port injection) and a quartet of extra radiators. As with the coupe, you'll have your choice of a seven-speed manual transmission or an 8-speed automatic (which, surprisingly, seems to be the most popular transmission choice for Corvette buyers). With the aero tweaks top speed does suffer but Chevrolet still claims it can exceed 200mph. Whereas the ZTK Performance Package adds a High Wing with a front splitter with carbon-fibre end caps, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires and specific chassis and Magnetic Ride Control tuning.

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