The 2017 Chevrolet Corvette z06: Coupe or Convertible? Make your choice

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After over 30 months of waiting a new Z06, Chevrolet have released their latest iteration in the Corvette lineup; the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. And for the first time in decades the new Corvette z06 will be available as a convertible or a coupe. Also, this time round, owners will have the option of either going for the manual or the automatic variant. The manual version has shifting duties to match the 7-speed manual gearbox while the automatic car is fitted with paddle shifters to complement the 8-speed automatic transmission.

To add some spice in their flagship, Chevrolet added ceramic brakes the all new 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 after it had been missing from the line for several generations now. Further, the beauty rests on Michelin Pilot Sports Tyres with accompanying adjustable aero bits to level.

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Those who will choose to go with the Convertible Z06 will enjoy a crucial 65-pound increase in weight, something which makes the machine more balanced and sturdy compared to the Coupe Z06.

The driving experience

Under the hood, the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette packs a supercharged 6.2 liter V8, with a massive 650hp to support the already gigantic 650 pound-feet torque. Behind the wheel, the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 feels like a small aircraft, thanks to the well-placed steering wheel which dances to the rhythm of the Michelin Pilot Sports Run-Flat tires. As a consequence, the grip here is almost palpable and sharp corners can easily be navigated.

For the interested parties, there isn’t any significant difference in handling between the coupe and the convertible ( as far as Chevrolet is concerned). Therefore, the choice you make between the two should be pegged on your personal preferences, tastes or needs. However, it’s worth noting that the absence of a roof and a hatchback in the convertible lowers its centre of gravity ( albeit slightly) making it a titbit easier to flow through corners than with the coupe 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Z06.

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The customarily 0 to 100km/hr or 60mph takes less than 3.1 seconds in this iteration of the Corvette sports car. Nonetheless, the Ceramic brakes seem to work well with the Michelin rubber to ensure a flawless glide even as you come to a stop. That said, with the right type of driver behind the wheel, the Corvette Z06 has the capacity to be a bolt of lightning

Truth be told, however, it’s only on the test track that one can notice the subtle differences between the Convertible and Coupe Z06. On conventional roads, the two cars might as well be identical twins.

Speaking of normal and daily use, the 91 decibels blast exuded as the engine howls to 6500 revolutions per minute, coupled with the NASCAR yell might win you a couple of admirers in your neighbourhood if the arresting timeless Chevy design doesn’t. However, make that a habit, and the short bursts of accelerations will leave you struggling to replace the Michelin rubber.


As usual with most sports cars, the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 relies on a rear wheel drive to push the 2-sitter into propulsion. And at a prohibitive price point of $85000, the Chevrolet is clearly reserved for the auto enthusiast who has no qualms whatsoever about paying an extra coin for a polished performance.

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