It’s official: the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible will debut on October 2nd, 2019.
The convertible Corvette has been probably the worst-kept secret Chevrolet has ever had. First, they showed off teaser images in a video posted online shortly after the coupe’s debut in July. These images were pretty detailed and didn’t leave much to the imagination, so we knew exactly what to expect: a 2020 Stingray with a hardtop retractable roof.
There were also a few test mules spotted running around with a camouflaged roof so we could confirm those images were basically the same in the real-world.
Next, there was an announcement by the Bowling Green plant manager at the 25th-anniversary celebration of the National Corvette Museum where he said--point-blank--that the convertible Corvette would arrive in October. Given the position of the source, it was as much an official announcement as we were expecting to receive.
Until yesterday, when Chevy decided to just post the official announcement on their Twitter account.
“The 2020 #Corvette Convertible will make its debut on 10.02.19,” writes Chevy, just above a 7-second animated gif of the Convertible Corvette logo.
As mentioned, the Convertible Corvette is Chevy’s worst-kept secret, so we already know what to expect. A leaked GM engineering document revealed that the retractable hardtop will add 101 lbs to the coupe, bringing the total weight up to 3,467 lbs. We didn’t get any updated performance specs, but since GM is really trying to follow the example of McLaren and Ferrari, expect any loss in performance to be negligible.
That means a 0-60 time of just 3 seconds and a top speed of around 194 mph.
We’ll likely be given a few details of the hardtop roof, such as how long it takes to retract and at what speeds the roof can be deployed, but that’s about it. The only other thing worth mentioning is that the glass pane covering the engine bay has been removed in order to accommodate the machinery that raises and lowers the roof.
Oh, and the price. Expect it to be more than the coupe’s $59,995.