These are 5 important questions on the new Chevy Corvette Convertible that you need answers too.
This year, 2019, has been an excellent year for new car reveals despite considerable drops in sales for the majority of automakers. One of the most talked about new cars has been, without a shadow of a doubt, the new C8 Chevy Corvette. Only months after its reveal, we now have details on the all-new Chevrolet Corvette Convertible.
In the evening of October 2nd, at the Kennedy Space Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida, GM lifted the wraps off the new Corvette Convertible and dropped its top. While the C8 Coupe’s styling remains controversial, or at the very least polarizing, the Convertible, with the top stowed, looks far more sorted.
Now that we have details on the new Chevy Corvette Convertible, let’s answer 5 questions on the new car.
What’s New About The 2020 Chevy Corvette Convertible?
To start, we all know that the 8th generation Corvette is all-new. The most notable change is where the engines are now placed – for the first time ever in a production Corvette, the engines are positioned behind the passengers.
Like the Coupe, the Convertible will be powered by a 6.2-litre V8 good for 495-horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque that will be paired to an 8-speed dual-clutch gearbox. This will not be the only powertrain offering but it will be the first.
The power top is the big piece of news. There are six electric motors that operate the rear panel and the hard-top (a first incidentally). The entire open or close process requires 16 seconds to complete and the roof can be operated at speeds up to 50km/h.
The retractable roof will be available in either body colour or in a special Carbon Flash metallic finish. Between the flying buttresses will be a power window to reduce air buffeting and limit NVH when the top is lowered.
For the time being, we do not know the weight penalty the roof and its components bring with them although we’ll assume it’s somewhere between 30 and 40kg. The impact on rear cargo space is also unknown but Chevrolet does specify that the Convertible’s aerodynamic drag coefficient is identical to the Coupe’s.
Early on, GM mentioned that the new C8 Corvette was designed as a convertible on which they installed a fixed roof. This leads us to believe that no reinforcements were added to the structure which explains why we think the weight penalty will be minimal.
What’s The 2020 Chevy Corvette Convertible’s Price?
Pricing for the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe starts at $69,998. The little information revealed on pricing suggests that the Convertible will cost $7,500 more than the Coupe in the US. We figure that the jump in price will be closer to $10,000 in Canada, bringing the drop-top’s base price closer to $80,000.
When Will It Be Released?
Production of the new 2020 Chevy Corvette Convertible is expected to begin later in 2019. This would mean that the cars will be on dealer lots and in showrooms in time for next spring.
At the time of writing this, there is an ongoing UAW strike which is affecting GM production. It is possible that this strike will delay the coming of the Convertible.
Who Will It Compete With?
The list is quite long actually. The main reasons are value, performance and the fact this is a new Corvette.
Competition will be wide ranging, from the Ford Mustang GT convertible, to the BMW Z4 and M850i Convertible, the Porsche 718 Boxster and the 911 Carrera Convertible, the Mercedes-Benz C- and E-Class Convertibles, the Audi A5 convertible and quite possibly more exotic cars from Lamborghini, Audi, Porsche, Mercedes-AMG and others when the high-powered Vette versions become available.
What Do We Think About the 2020 Chevy Corvette Convertible?
As we’ve said, styling-wise, the C8 Chevy Corvette Convertible looks better than the Coupe. Understanding and knowing full-well that the Corvette is GM’s flagship car, it will not fail. Or, at the very least, it will meet and exceed all expectations.
The new Corvette remains a bang-for-the-buck bargain that will be a blast to drive. We imagine however that it will quickly blend into the sports car automotive background as did the C7 Vette, which was a great car, if mostly because of its relative affordability. Yes, it will be very popular.