From Winding Road: Today we’ve got the keys to a drop top C7 Stingray optioned with the seven speed manual transmission, performance active exhaust system, and magnetic ride control suspension. This particular Corvette is also equipped with the Z51 performance package, which includes uprated brakes, suspension, wheels and tires, along with dry-sump oiling and an electronic limited-slip differential.
The convertible gives up so little in terms of handling and rigidity compared to its hardtop counterpart that GM didn’t need to add any additional structural bracing to the roadster, which has in turn helped to keep weight in check. The end result is a mere 64 pounds of additional heft for the open top car.
With the optional performance exhaust, the C7’s 6.2-liter V8 belts out a hefty 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque (and sounds great doing it), while the Tremec gearbox remains as enjoyable to row through the gear as it was when we tested it in the coupe. Automatically rev-matched downshifts can be toggled via steering wheel paddles.
New for 2015 is the Performance Data Recorder, which provides real-time telemetry data by way of a front facing camera.