The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible has been revealed featuring a retractable hardtop roof.
Moving to a retractable hardtop roof is another first for the Corvette, along with the change to a mid-engine layout.
Although the coupe version is available with a removable roof, the hardtop is said to provide a quieter cabin, increased security and a cleaner look. When stowed, the roof is housed in a compartment made from lightweight composite panels and heat shields to manage heat from the engine.
In terms of weight, the convertible is only 34kg heavier than the coupe. It also doesn’t present any packaging compromise, with the convertible having the “ability to store two sets of golf clubs in the trunk even with the top down”.
In terms of design, the Stingray convertible features aerodynamically shaped nacelles influenced by the housing used for jet engines, a rear power-adjustable window and cooling vent.
The hardtop can be activated at speeds up to 48km/h and retract in as little as 16 seconds thanks to six electric motors.
It’s finished in the exterior body-colour as standard with Carbon Flash metallic-painted nacelles and roof being optional.
As with the Stingray coupe, the convertible is powered by a 6.2-litre naturally-aspirated V8 developing 369kW of power and 637Nm of torque. A new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission sends power to the rear wheels.
The new C8 Corvette coupe and convertible will be available in right-hand drive from the factory. The coupe will be sold through Holden dealers in 2020. No announcement has been made regarding the availability of the convertible in our market.
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