Chevrolet has taken the cover off the convertible version of the 2020 Corvette Stingray.
Well, this came as no surprise. Previous leaks told us that the 2020 Stingray convertible would be unveiled in October, and lo-and-behold, we have ourselves a convertible stingray. And as expected from numerous leaks and teaser images, it has a folding hardtop.
Chevy says that the hardtop will stow away above the engine but will still provide enough room for two sets of golf clubs. We’re guessing that at least one set is going to be stored in the frunk rather than the trunk. The hardtop can also be deployed at speeds of up to 30 mph, with retraction taking 16 seconds.
The hardtop is powered by 6 electric motors rather than hydraulics in order to increase reliability. It can be painted the same color as the body or it can come in "Carbon Flash" metallic paint along with the nacelles. That'll cost extra, though.
To keep the engine cool, heat shields direct heat away from the engine. A specific compartment is dedicated to storing the roof and is made out of sheet-molded composite.
Curiously, the convertible 2020 Stingray uses the same rear spoiler as the Z51-equipped coupe. Chevy says that's in order to maintain the convertible's performance and so it has the same drag coefficient with the top up as the coupe.
Other tweaks include modifications to the chassis, springs, and dampers so that the convertible sacrifices as little performance as possible.
“Our goal from the beginning was to make sure customers didn’t have to sacrifice any functionality, performance or comfort when choosing the hardtop convertible,” said Josh Holder, Corvette program engineering manager. “We managed to keep the same design theme as the coupe, as well as the exceptional storage capacity and track capability.”
Everything else about the convertible is pretty much the same as the coupe. This means a 6.2-L LT2 V8 engine with 495 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque (when equipped with the performance exhaust) and an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Pricing is just $7,500 above the cost of the coupe, which starts at $59,995. Production begins in the first quarter of 2020, while the coupe starts in late 2019. Expect the convertible to arrive after coupe deliveries begin in 2020.