2020 Chevy Corvette C8 – The First-Ever Mid-Engine Corvette Convertible. The second big Chevrolet Corvette debut of 2019 is upon us. This one isn’t quite as extraordinary as what we saw in July, when 50-plus years of thumb-twiddling finally came to fruition with the first mid-engined version of Chevy’s iconic American sports car. Whereas the new Stingray already lets driver and passenger enjoy a wind-in-your-hair experience with a lift-out roof, the 2020 Corvette Convertible automates the process while changing up the design just a bit. And boy, does it look good.
While not quite as ground-breaking as moving the engine rearward, this model does mark another milestone for the Corvette. It’s the first retracting hardtop ever offered for America’s sports car, and it’s a pretty slick setup at that. The two-piece top lifts up and folds back over the engine, stored beneath a hard tonneau cover in a composite compartment that’s shielded to protect the top from heat. The top can be activated at speeds up to 30 mph and takes 16 seconds to fold. Six electric motors handle the transition, as opposed to hydraulic components used in previous cars. Chevrolet says this helps with reliability, though we also suspect it reduces weight. More on that in a bit.
The top itself is a composite piece that comes standard in body color, or it can be finished in an optional Carbon Flash metallic for a dark look. As such, the tonneau cover with its cool aircraft-inspired nacelles also comes either in body color or trimmed with the Carbon Flash finish. When the roof up, the new convertible maintains much of the C8’s familiar styling. With it down, however, the supercar takes on quite a different appearance compared to previous-generation drop-top ‘Vettes. That’s enhanced with the rear window, which can be operated independently of the top to help manage airflow in the cabin when the roof is down. Perhaps more importantly, the top doesn’t block any of the C8’s precious cargo space when folded.
Performance-minded individuals likely have questions about rigidity, weight, and power with the new Corvette Convertible. GM doesn’t offer official information on potential weight gain from the added components, but a previous leak suggests the folding hardtop only adds 102 pounds to the Corvette. We are told the new C8 was designed from the very beginning to be a convertible, with its center-tunnel structure providing plenty of strength. Furthermore, folks can still have the convertible with the 495-horsepower (369-kilowatt) Z51 package, and we’re told there is no compromise in performance.
In keeping with the jaw-dropping bang-for-buck factor, Chevrolet says the 2020 Corvette Convertible will only be $7,500 more than the base 1LT coupe. In the unlikely case you forgot, the standard Stingray starts at just under $60,000 including delivery, which means the convertible should be around $67,000. Production is slated to begin late this year – provided the ongoing UAW strike doesn’t delay things – and for open-air Corvette fans across the pond, a right-hand-drive version will be available at a later date.
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