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News No Very Cold Winter Drop-Top Driving For C8 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Owners

No Very Cold Winter Drop-Top Driving For C8 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Owners

Not that one should but if you drive your Chevrolet Corvette convertible with the top down in winter, make sure you know that you’re doing


  • The Corvette convertible’s roof raises or drops in as little as 16 seconds.

  • The roof can only be lowered at temperatures above freezing, from 32 degrees or 0 Celsius.

  • To raise to the roof, exterior temps must be 16 degrees Fahrenheit, or -9 Celsius.


There is fun to be had by driving around on a cold, crisp, and dry winter’s day with the roof down. With the heated steering wheel on, the heated seats on the boil, and the HVAC system pushing as much hot air as possible, it’s an invigorating experience. If you plan on doing this with your new C8 Chevrolet Corvette convertible this winter, best to be mindful of the exterior temperature.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible
2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible

Although you and your passenger can stay relatively warm in the cabin, the Corvette‘s roof mechanism isn’t and it will not respond to your commands if it’s too cold outside. You will be able to lower the retractable hardtop up until the outside temperature drops to 32 degrees Fahrenheit or 0 Celsius, and at speeds up to 30mph or about 45km/h.

When the time comes to raise the composite roof, it’s important to know that its electric motors will not operate, as noted by CarBuzz, if the ambient temperature is at or below 16 degrees Fahrenheit, or -9 Celsius. If you do want to raise the roof, you’ll have to find a garage or heated area in order to close off the cabin from the cold outdoors.

It’s important to note that if you need access to the engine compartment, and the roof is down, you will be out of luck. Also, this is not a design flaw.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible
2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible

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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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