[PHOTOS] Chevrolet’s First Corvette Hardtop Convertible Is a Real Stunner
Hot on the heels of the all-new 2020 Corvette Stingray coupe, Chevrolet is introducing its groundbreaking mid-engine sports car in a hardtop convertible configuration.
“We put the world on notice when we introduced the first mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette a few months ago, and now we’re raising the bar with the first-ever hardtop Corvette convertible,” said Brian Sweeney, Chevrolet’s U.S. vice president.
Built in two pieces, the Corvette convertible’s hardtop makes the vehicle quieter, sleeker and more secure than a softtop. It disappears inside the body when not in use, taking about 16 seconds to retract. Powered by electric motors, it can be operated at 30 mph or below. It’s available painted in body color or Carbon Flash metallic.
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The hardtop is stored underneath a tonneau cover that includes striking twin aerodynamic nacelles inspired by fighter jet design. Since it rests atop the engine when not in use, the hardtop is built with lightweight composite panels and heat shields to ensure proper air circulation and temperature control.
Corvette convertible drivers shouldn’t detect any compromises in performance compared to the coupe. The convertible carries the same 6.2-liter small-block V8 engine and eight-speed dual clutch transmission, which produces up to 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. When the hardtop is up, both models produce the same amount of drag. The convertible’s chassis has also been adjusted to match the coupe’s handling. Cargo space hasn’t been affected by the hardtop design either, with both configurations boasting the capacity to stash two sets of golf clubs in the trunk.
Best of all, Chevy says the 2020 Corvette Stingray convertible will only cost $7,500 more than the entry-level coupe, which is priced just under $60,000. It’s expected to enter production early next year.
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