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Chevrolet Corvette C6 Convertible

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Chevrolet Corvette C6 Convertible

The thrill of open-air motoring was a part of the original allure when the Chevrolet Corvette was born in 1953. Now the sixth-generation 2005 Corvette Convertible arrives, bringing serious performance and thoughtful refinement to the fun of driving a roadster.

The sixth-generation Corvette Convertible features an optional power-operated soft top, a feature that last appeared on the car in 1962. The power top features a single-button control and completes its cycle in 18 seconds. The top is designed and manufactured in partnership between GM and Car Top Systems, Gmbh, experts who’ve contributed to some of the world’s most celebrated open cars. An easy-to-operate manual top remains standard.

Indexing side glass, a feature normally reserved for higher-priced luxury cars, helps better seal the cabin from wind noise. The Corvette’s new structure, including a new aluminum windshield frame, was designed using extensive computer airflow models to improve top-down quietness – especially for noise frequencies in the range of passenger conversations. The top material itself is made of a thick fabric called Twillfast, constructed in five layers for strong durability and insulation.

In addition to the new power top, several more details combine to make the convertible much more pleasing to drive, especially for long trips. A bulkhead has been added to better contain small items in the trunk and enable the addition of a new storage area behind each seat. The power top occupies no more space than the manual version, preserving maximum trunk space in both versions. Rear visibility is improved with a glass backlight that is 18.5 percent larger than the 2004 version. Like its predecessor, the backlight has a standard rear defogger.

Every option available on the Coupe can be had on the Convertible, including features new to the Corvette such as OnStar, XM Satellite Radio and DVD-Navigation. Likewise, all three suspension choices – Corvette Standard Suspension, Magnetic Selective Ride Control, and the new Z51 Performance Package – are available on the Convertible.

At 0.28 coefficient of drag, the sixth-generation car is the most aerodynamically efficient Corvette ever and has enhanced anti-lift characteristics that enable improved high-speed stability and confidence.

Passionate performance

Thanks to an all-new chassis, strong and lightweight body structure and the new 400-horsepower LS2 engine, the 2005 Corvette again raises the bar for performance, with outstanding handling and surprising ride quality. Equipped with the new Z51 Performance Package, the 2005 Corvette (in both Coupe and Convertible body styles) nearly matches the track performance of today’s widely respected Corvette Z06 model.

Source - Chevrolet