The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible will arrive sometime in October, according to the guy in charge of the Corvette factory.
It was a done deal that the Corvette would arrive at some point as a convertible. We already saw teaser images in a Chevy Video posted online shortly after the coupe’s reveal in July, and spy photos have been spotted with the telltale signs of a retractable hardtop for months now. The question wasn’t if we’d get a Convertible 2020 Stingray, but when.
That when might be sooner than we thought. According to Corvette Assembly Plant Manager Kai Spande, we might see the convertible Corvette as early as October.
During a speech at the 25th Anniversary Celebration held at the National Corvette Museum, Spande tells the assembled crowd that the convertible variant of the 2020 Stingray should be arriving "in the October timeframe."
We should point out that this is just when the car will be revealed and now when it will go on sale. The regular coupe version of the Corvette still hasn’t hit dealers and isn’t expected until sometime this winter. So long as GM keeps to their schedule and Spande is right about the convertible’s reveal, we should expect to see the drop-top 2020 Stingray sometime in early 2020.
A set of leaked engineering documents tells us that the hardtop Corvette will add an extra 101 lbs to the coupe. That's fairly minimal additional weight that we've come to expect from such supercar manufacturers as McLaren and Lamborghini, but not Chevrolet. If the same quality holds, then we can expect the convertible Corvette to have minimal loss in performance, which means a 3-second zero to sixty time and a top speed around 193 mph.
According to the spy photos, the biggest change between the coupe and the convertible Stingray (besides the drop-top, obviously) is the redesigned engine cover. Instead of a clear glass panel, the Stingray would get an opaque cover and a pair of bulges behind the driver and passenger seats. Everything else remains pretty much the same as with the coupe.
We’ll find out more in October, hopefully.