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

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

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Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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