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Chevrolet unveils first hard-top and mid-engined convertible in the Corvette's 66-year history
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3 October 2019

Two months after Chevrolet revealed its new 'C8' Corvette Stingray coupé, the brand has pulled the covers off the convertible version.

Continuing the theme of going against tradition with the latest model, not only is it the first mid-engined Corvette drop-top, but it's also the first to use a solid folding roof. 

Said to have been engineered “first and foremost” as a drop-top, the new Corvette variant features a two-piece roof powered by six electric motors. It can be activated at vehicle speeds of up to 30mph and retract in 16sec. Chevrolet claims the use of electric motors instead of a hydraulic system improves reliability.

The roof itself, made of composite panels, is said to provide “a quieter cabin, increased security and a cleaner look” than previous soft-tops. It also avoids the usual practicality compromises of a roof of this type, meaning that the car is still able to accommodate two sets of golf clubs in the boot and keeps its front storage compartment. 

The roof also features an electric rear window, which Chevrolet claims to have optimised to reduce air recirculation and wind noise. The convertible deploys the same rear spoiler available as part of the coupé’s Z51 Performance Package, with the firm claiming an identical drag coefficient as the coupé. 

The 6.2-litre small-blog ‘LT2’ naturally aspirated V8 is unchanged, putting out 495bhp and 470lb ft of torque. No official stats have been provided, but reports from the US claim the performance figures are broadly the same as the coupé's.

Autocar understands that there is a plan to bring the Corvette to the UK in right-hand-drive form next year and it’s likely that the convertible will come, too. It commands a premium of £6000 over the coupé, putting its US price at $67,495 (around £55,000).

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FRI2 4 October 2019

This Corvette is not American

This Corvette is not American anymore. It just looks like another mundane European piece of crap. 

Peter Cavellini 4 October 2019

Catching Fish....

FRI2 wrote:

This Corvette is not American anymore. It just looks like another mundane European piece of crap. 

FR12@ Use that Hook to catch Fish......

Peter Cavellini 3 October 2019

Is it just me?

 Maybe it's because I see a lot of Car images?, but this Corvette looks a lot like a McLaren 720S...?, is that good?...

FRI2 3 October 2019

You are out of excuses

You are out of excuses Cavellini...kick the bucket

Peter Cavellini 3 October 2019

Oh dear me!

FRI2 wrote:

You are out of excuses Cavellini...kick the bucket

. I don't think that's the attitude to have, if you don't like it, don't read it, it's what the rest of us do.

si73 4 October 2019

FRI2 wrote:

FRI2 wrote:

You are out of excuses Cavellini...kick the bucket

Out of excuses? For what?

si73 4 October 2019

Peter Cavellini wrote:

Peter Cavellini wrote:

 Maybe it's because I see a lot of Car images?, but this Corvette looks a lot like a McLaren 720S...?, is that good?...

In its proportions maybe, being mid engined as well, but I don't see it, I quite like it though.

Cersai Lannister 3 October 2019

Oddly compelling

I try to avoid a nationalistic bias for or against cars. Indeed, I love American cars in the right environment. Previously that had been North America only, but the Mustang has shrunk and European cars more corpulent and the gap has closed. The current Camera is a sharp-handling car that would surprise many, although it is a little too pricey in its home market.

The worry is that the new Vette will be exported with the old GM attitude that they can premium price. Every time GM tried relaunching Caddy in Europe they assumed that there was a demand and willingness to pay above the class norms. I'm hoping this new Vetta isn't blighted the same way in Europe and it becomes a bargain - it looks way nicer as a convertible than a coupe. I hope that it's 911-competitive and well priced, it would be nice to see the car break through in Europe.