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personally i think the reintroduction of the hardtop in 98 was the greatest thing chevy has done for the corvette in a number of yrs and to use that body style for the Zo6 made the most expensive, high powered corvette also the prettiest. my big question is, when will we see a C6 hardtop, whether a Zo6 (or whatever it may be called) or simply a fixed roof version of the coupe with a short back and full trunk....i'll be on the list for an orange one as soon as i find out! :thumbsup:
 

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I would like for them to build a coupe model Z06.
 

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jer1223 said:
personally i think the reintroduction of the hardtop in 98 was the greatest thing chevy has done for the corvette in a number of yrs and to use that body style for the Zo6 made the most expensive, high powered corvette also the prettiest. my big question is, when will we see a C6 hardtop, whether a Zo6 (or whatever it may be called) or simply a fixed roof version of the coupe with a short back and full trunk....i'll be on the list for an orange one as soon as i find out! :thumbsup:
Wasn't '99 the first year for the hardtops?
 

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Yep '99.

Though there is almost NO (oops) doubt that the C6 will be fixed roof, it is NOT a foregone conclusion that it will be a notchback again. The motivation to use that roof was the over supply and committment to suppliers for the once-offered hard top for the vert. Since no such commitment continues with the C6, it may be more practical for them to simply "seal" the targa and hatch to create a fixed roof. This would provide better aero dynamics and a significantly higher top speed. Sealed up, the rigidity benefit of this configuration should be the same as that with a notchback top like today's Z06.

The possible downside of this sealed targa approach would be the challenge to reduce weight. If a Polycarbinate material was used for the rear glass, it would save about 15 -20 Lbs (rough est), but I have no idea if they will have the mass manufacturing techniques worked out for Polycarbinates by then.
 

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Patrick96LT4 said:
Has anyone ever offered a C5 hardtop for a Vert?
don't think so...there aren't any holes in the rear deck to clamp the hardtop too
 

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Yep '99.

Though there is almost doubt that the C6 will be fixed roof, it is NOT a foregone conclusion that it will be a notchback again. The motivation to use that roof was the over supply and committment to suppliers for the once-offered hard top for the vert. Since no such commitment continues with the C6, it may be more practical for them to simply "seal" the targa and hatch to create a fixed roof. This would provide better aero dynamics and a significantly higher top speed. Sealed up, the rigidity benefit of this configuration should be the same as that with a notchback top like today's Z06.

The possible downside of this sealed targa approach would be the challenge to reduce weight. If a Polycarbinate material was used for the rear glass, it would save about 15 -20 Lbs (rough est), but I have no idea if they will have the mass manufacturing techniques worked out for Polycarbinates by then.
Saw a picture of a concept Viper that was shown at SEMA. It had a carbon fiber hood, top, and trunk lid. Looked awsome and was billed as an answer to GM's stepped up efforts. So, there could be some weight savings by using carbon fiber as well as polycarbonite!

And if Runge is right, aluminum hydroformed frame rails.
 

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don't think so...there aren't any holes in the rear deck to clamp the hardtop too
GM intended to offer the hard top option for the vert and committed to the supplier. I don't know if it was ever assigned an RPO, but it was determined that it would be a flop in the marketplace. Hence, the fixed head coupe / roof was born to use up the supply of tops. That car was intended to be a stripped entry level vette, but ...
1. when market tested, demand for a stripped vette did not warrant the model.
2. the cost of de-equipping the car (no power windows, locks, steering, or A/C) was about a push vs leaving them due to extra engineering costs, parts, assembly line changes etc.

The FHR was pretty much a bust it's first year, so the Z06 was born and it ultimately reached about 25% of all vette production.
 

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cool thats what i call this . is that after market can you buy that with you car ? something like that would make me consider buying a vert. way awesome
 

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elints said:
I would like for them to build a coupe model Z06.
:agree:
 
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