Published: Fri, October 04, 2019
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The 2020 Stingray Is Chevy’s First Hardtop Corvette Convertible

The 2020 Stingray Is Chevy’s First Hardtop Corvette Convertible

Prototypes have been testing at major racetracks under the cover of darkness in order to hide their details for more than a year, but Chevy late on Wednesday finally revealed the vehicle from all angles following the reveal of the new C8 Corvette Convertible.

The two-piece power hardtop can be opened and closed at speeds up to 30 miles per hour in 16 seconds. "It's a culmination of many years of testing and development between GM Design, Propulsion, Engineering and the Corvette Racing team", Chevrolet U.S. vice president of Performance and Motorsports, Jim Campbell said. A small trunk area is still provided, despite the space restrictions imposed by the open-top design.

Typically, convertibles offer less cargo space than their coupe siblings, but the mid-engine Corvette bucks that trend. Sweeney went on to say that the new convertible version of the vehicle only costs $7,500 more than the coupe.

The powertrain for the Corvette Convertible is identical to the coupe.

Buyers will have the choice of a body-coloured retractable hardtop, or the "Carbon Flash" optional item as seen here. If your golf outing happens to be a getaway, there is also room for a piece of carry-on luggage, along with a laptop bag. And while the coupe features a removable roof, the convertible version serves up some added dose of supercar styling.

The convertible version goes into production in the first quarter of 2020, shortly after the Corvette Stingray coupe enters the market.

The lack of compromise continues with the folding roof itself, which is now comprised of hard panels rather than the fabric of previous Corvette generations.

The tonneau cover also has a rear power-adjustable window and a vent for mid-engine cooling. This enables the convertible to have a similar driving feel to the coupe. Chevrolet will release the all-new 2020 C8 Corvette Spyder convertible to the world. 490 horsepower and 465 pound-feet will suffice as standard while the sports exhaust system levels up to 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. A right-hand drive version of the convertible will be available in select global markets at a later date.

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