After Chevrolet equipped the latest generation – C8 – with a mid-engine, the brand again comes with a scoop. The cabriolet version of the C8 cabriolet version of the C8 gets a hardtop for the first time since its debut in 1953. Chevrolet has unveiled its two variations: a hardtop convertible and a race car.
The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible is in the spotlight. Not only did the model get a mid-engine after 66 years and seven model generations, but it is also surprisingly affordable. That is if you live in the United States. There, the new convertible start at about US$7,500 above the price of the standard coupe.
In that money, you will get a supercar powered by the next-generation 6.2-liter V8 engine with 495 hp (369 kW) and 470 lb-ft (637 Nm) of torque. The acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (0-60 mph) needs less than three seconds.
The Corvette C8 Convertible is equipped with an electrically operated hardtop that can be opened while driving at a speed of 48 km/h (30 mph). Within 16 seconds, it changes from a coupe to a convertible thanks to six electric motors. It can be folded up or down. The entire roof construction only weighs 34 kilograms (about 75 pounds) extra.
When the hardtop is folded down, it is in a compartment with heat shields that protect it from the heat generation of the mid-engine V8. And despite the fact that the compartment takes up little space, there is enough room to carry two golf bags in the luggage.
There aren’t many details about the racing version, but the C8.R is visibly wider than the roadgoing 2020 Stingray. with added splitters, vents and wings attached to every surface.
The convertible version goes into production in the first quarter of 2020, shortly after the Corvette Stingray coupe enters the market. Prices of the Chevrolet start in the United States at $67,495, which is a $7,500 premium over the entry-level Corvette coupe’s $59,995 starting price.