Chevrolet introduces first hardtop Corvette Convertible
Open-air driving has always been a part of the Chevrolet Corvette’s heritage. In fact, when the Corvette debuted in 1953, it was available only as a convertible.
The new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible builds off that heritage as the first hardtop and mid-engine convertible in Corvette history.
The hardtop provides a quieter cabin, increased security and a cleaner look compared to the previous softtop designs.
The two-piece top can be activated at speeds up to 30 mph and retract in as few as 16 seconds. It is powered by six electric motors — a Corvette first. Switching to electric motors from hydraulic systems helps increase reliability.
Engineers tweaked the chassis for the convertible, with springs and dampers tuned specifically to provide nearly the same performance as the coupe.
Like the Stingray coupe, the convertible is powered by the next-generation 6.2L Small Block V-8 LT2 engine naturally aspirated. It will produce 495 horsepower and 637 Nm of torque when equipped with performance exhaust. The LT2 is paired with Chevrolet’s first eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. This transmission is uniquely designed to provide the best of both worlds: the directly connected feeling of a manual and the premium driving comfort of an automatic.
The double-paddle de-clutch feature even allows the driver to disconnect the clutch by holding both paddles for more manual control.
The new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray coupe goes into production at GM’s Bowling Green Assembly in late 2019 for the domestic market, with the convertible following in late first-quarter 2020.
A right-hand drive version of the convertible will be available in select international markets at a later date.