Z06 Chevrolet Corvette – The Bolt
Chevrolet Corvette Z06 has finally been shown up. Admittedly, a manual Z06 coupe is a wilder ride than an automatic convertible.
Most important, its supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 makes an amazing 650 hp and an equally amazing 650 lb-ft of torque. A seven-speed manual is on hand for shifting duties, and an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters is now available. “Convertible” and “automatic” are two words that can suck the joy out of a sports car the way fat-free and sugar-free can ruin a dessert.
There’s no discernible handling difference between coupe and convertible. Both flow through corners and have ridiculous stick. We’ve previously tested two Z06 coupes, both equipped with the Z07 package, and one gripped better than this car while the other did fractionally worse. Off the test track, the Z06 convertible behaves much like the coupe. There’s a brutality to the wheel impacts in Sport and Track modes. Your fatty regions will jiggle. You’ll feel out of shape. The convertible’s structure, however, remains solid and free from the shakes. Dial back to Touring mode and things go back to normal.
On the road, the Z06 proves to be so quick that the sound doesn’t last long. To keep from getting arrested, we settled for short blasts of acceleration. On the track, where the throttle can stay open for more than a few seconds at a time, the Z07’s aero package—which adds carbon-fiber slats, sails, and a wicker-billed spoiler to the body—stabilizes the car at speed but eventually drags down acceleration at high speeds. With the top up, the small rear window restricts visibility. Dropping the top remedies any visibility and claustrophobia problems. With the top up, noise levels are low considering the wide tires and the throbbing V-8. But what’s really great about any convertible is rolling the top back, listening to the exhaust, and experiencing the freedom of ground-bound flight.
Taking the top off of a Corvette Z06 delivers that magic—plus all the performance.