2016 CORVETTE Z06 Convertible
|Exterior color :||Black|
|Interior color :||Black|
|Doors :||2 Doors|
|Fuel Type :||Gasoline|
The C-7...End of an Era
Interestingly, the seventh generation Corvette was intended to be the inauguration of
the mid-engine platform that Chevrolet had been working on since 2008, but
diminished GM funding delayed the project for years. The C-7’s, the last of the front
engine Corvettes, were produced for model years 2014 through 2019. This was also the
first series to resurrect the ‘Stingray’ name since the final C-3’s rolled off the assembly
line in Bowling Green, Kentucky back in 1982.
The C-7 vehicles were a significant departure from the preceding generation. Though
the exposed headlights and general proportions remained, the new more angular
styling with a squared-off rear end dressed with trapezoidal LED taillights gave this
Corvette a decidedly aggressive silhouette. There’s no doubt that some old school
enthusiasts were taken by surprise, but GM’s move to this bolder design was a clear
intent to attract a larger segment of more youthful buyers going forward.
The C-7’s debut featured a new 6.2 liter small block V8 that, in base form produced
455 hp and 460 lb.-ft. of torque. To manage the power, a seven speed manual gearbox
was offered along with a six speed GM automatic. Continuous variable valve timing
was also introduced to improve engine management and mileage considerations.
Overall, the Corvette’s new engine provided a rather quick zero to 60 time of 3.8
seconds. To keep the weight in check, a carbon fiber hood with newly formulated
fiberglass composite body panels mounted to a hydro-formed all aluminum chassis
became the construction standard.
Models and Metrics:
The new C-7 Stingray coupe and convertible offered a premium 3LT interior package
as well as a Z51 performance package with a tweaked suspension, tuned exhaust and
four driving mode selections from tour to sport. Both body styles could also be ordered
in Premium and Gran Touring editions featuring a host of appearance and creature
comforts that enhanced the driving experience. The 2015 model year introduced an
optional eight speed automatic transmission. More importantly the new Z06 was
unveiled with the 6.2 liter V8 sporting a supercharger that boasted 650 hp and 650 lb.-
ft. of pavement pounding torque. Additionally, the Z06 was now available in both
coupe and convertible body styles. Other than some color schemes and interior
touches, little was changed for the 2016 model year. However, in 2017 the new Grand
Sport model was unveiled with an LT1 small block that utilized a race style dry sump
oiling system and cranked out 460 hp. A seven speed manual gearbox with electronic
limited-slip differential and Brembo brakes completed the Grand Sport package. The
2018 Corvette continued with the Stingray, Grand Sport and Z06 models that featured
a range of trim and cosmetic changes along with several handling and sport tuned
The Grand Finale:
The big news for the conclusion of the C-7 series in 2019 was the re-introduction of the
rare and wild ZR1. Essentially, it utilized the same tried and true 6.2 liter power plant
as the Z06. However, with a more powerful Eaton supercharger, an upgraded
crankshaft and dual-port and direct injection, the ZR1 was a veritable beast producing
an amazing 755 hp and 715 lb.-ft. of tire shredding torque. If ever there was a ‘grand
finale’ to the last of the venerable front engine Corvettes...this was it. While the six year
run of the C-7 series was relatively short lived, it certainly enhanced the Corvette’s
storied reputation as the most coveted of all American sports cars.
Ice cold A/C.
Never seen snow.
Runs & drives great.
Runs & drives great.