2015 Corvette Stingray Convertible – Review and Road Test
At Frequent Business Traveler, we know summer is here when we start seeing an invasion of convertibles in the driveway. The first to arrive was the 2015 Chevrolet Stingray Convertible. There it stood, a Z51 in Blade Silver Metallic with an aptly-named Adrenaline Red interior. It was… curvaceous – and hot, the latter both in a figurative and literal sense. So hot it needed to be cooled down, regularly.
Last year, Chevy introduced the seventh generation of the storied brand, with many changes and updates. The Z51 package, while not giving it the power of the Z06 model with its supercharged 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque, brings out the boy racer side of the Vette. It starts with 19” front and 20” rear wheels, giving it a more muscular and assertive stance. The functional hood air extractor directs air from the front grille up through the forward-tilted radiator and out of the engine compartment with dual brake ducts sending air from the front grille through the wheel wells to cool the front brakes.
Finally, the Z51 package also gives the Vette dual rear quarter panel intake vents. They guide airflow to cool two heat exchangers. One distributes air to the transmission oil cooler, the other, the rear differential. (Interestingly enough, hot air escapes through rear tail lamp vents as well as the lower-rear fascia outlet.)
I was ambivalent when I saw the Corvette on Chevrolet’s stand at the Detroit show two years ago but, close up and in person, there was no denying it was a work of automotive art. From the new headlight design anchored by LED turn signals, to the Vette’s signature sculpted four-element tail lamps, the body harmoniously flowed from curves to smooth edges and back again.
INSIDE THE 2015 CHEVROLET CORVETTE STINGRAY CONVERTIBLE
The new cockpit design makes mere automobiles appear boring. Start with the world-class Adrenaline Red seats, far ahead of Chevy’s previous efforts, with eight-way adjustment and extremely comfortable and supportive in the curves.
The sweeping lines inside complement the Vette’s exterior and rich materials, including top-grade leather, abound. The dash is covered with what Chevrolet calls a “protein” vinyl that’s good enough to fool a cow (the doors are also covered in this material).