2020 CORVETTE STINGRAY CONVERTIBLE DEBUTING OCT. 2

The C8 Drop Top Cometh

C8 Corvette Convertible

Chevrolet dropped a teaser of the C8 drop top on Twitter, which is officially confirmed for October 2, just over two months after the official debut of the 2020 Corvette Stingray hardtop. The C8 Corvette Convertible is to be the first hard top Corvette cabriolet ever. The teaser is quick – just a seven second clip of the roof disappearing from a C8 silhouette.

The C8 Corvette Convertible was otherwise teased back in July in the video below, along with the upcoming C8.R race car. The big visual difference between the C8 coupe and convertible is the rear upper panel design that covers the engine bay. The coupe has a vented glass housing that shows off the small block V8 engine, while the C8 Corvette Convertible has a solid colored panel with slatted vents just above the engine. The roof panel is to slide somewhere beneath it. In the coupe version, the targa top roof panel can still be removed manually and then placed in the rear trunk. Moreover, the rearward facing backup camera, which is mounted on the top of the car in the C8 coupe, will likely not be present in the C8 drop top. Instead, there will be a camera mounted just above the license plate frame in the back.

Mechanically, expect the C8 Corvette Coupe and C8 Corvette Convertible to be identical. However, leaked info suggests the Stingray droptop will tip the scales at 3,637 pounds, which is 102 pounds more than the base Stingray coupe. Under the rear clamshell hood remains the 6.2L LT2 V8 engine that will produce 490 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque. Those opting for the more athletic Z51 Performance Package will get a return of 495 horses and 470 lb-ft. Sales for the C8 Corvette coupe and convertible aren’t expected until 2020.

Beyond that, look for the debuts of either the Corvette E-Ray or the more aggressive C8 Corvette Z06 sometime next year.

The rear hood of the C8 Corvette Coupe

Written by Manoli Katakis

Detroit Region SCCA Member and founder of MC&T. Automotive Media Jedi Knight. Not yet the rank of Master.

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