There are 3 sure signs of spring in the Big Apple; the first robin and crocuses spotted in Central Park, and the New York International Auto Show at the Jacob Javitz Center. While this year’s event, April 18-27 is sure to excite auto aficionatos as usual; one of the most anticipated debuts is expected to be the General Motors’s new 2015 Corvette Z06 convertible. This will be the first of its kind produced since 1963, when the last Corvette convertible was ordered according to chief engineer Tadge Juechter.
Except for being a “ragtop,” the Corvette Z06 is said to share a lot in common with the Z06 coupe, including a 625- horsepower 6.2- liter LT4 V-8 engine with 635 lb torque, and 7-speed transmission, also available in 8-speed, which, will “allow it to shift faster than the Porsche PDK,” adds Juechter. Both the convertible and coupe will also share the same flared fender arches, extra cooling pieces, carbon fiber accents and same interior and rear spoiler design.
Other General Motors models on display at the New York International Auto Show will include the all-new 2015 Cadillac Escalade, offered in both 2WD and 4WD drivetrains, and featuring a new 6.2- liter V-8 engine rated at 420- horsepower and 460 lbs of torque matched with a Hydra-Matic 6L80 6-speed automatic transmission; as well as the 2014 Chevy Cruze available in LT, LTZ and Eco models rated at 138 horsepower with 148 lb-ft of torque, and 2014 Silverado updated with three all-new EcoTec 3 engines (2 V-8 and 1 V-6), which “incorporate direct fuel injection, cylinder deactivation and continuously variable valve timing that easily switches to 4-cylinder operation to improve efficiency when driving light loads.”
The Jacob Javitz Cente is located on 11th Avenue in Manhattan. For more information, as well as directions check out http://www.javitscenter.com