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Chevy reveals 2020 Corvette Stingray convertible, C8.R racer

  • Magazine Article
  • 19AUTP11_14
Published November 01, 2019 by SAE International in United States
  • English

Reinforcing the Corvette's long association with astronauts, Chevrolet unveiled the convertible version of its all-new, mid-engine-layout 2020 Corvette Stingray in Cape Canaveral in early October. Executive chief engineer Tadge Juechter, underscoring the car's no-compromises performance and comparatively affordable price, called it a “no-lose proposition” for enthusiasts considering the new Corvette but also desiring a more open-top experience. When it goes into production in the first quarter of 2020, the Corvette Stingray convertible will start at $67,495 - $7,500 more than the 2020 Stingray coupe, which was widely celebrated for its aggressive $59,995 base price.

Although called a convertible, there is no fabric to be seen: the 2020 Corvette Stingray convertible uses a folding-hardtop design in which the center roof section folds in two pieces and stores above the rear-mounted engine. From some angles the new Corvette convertible will be difficult to distinguish from the standard Stingray coupe, even with the roof open. The giveaway is the glass rear hatch on the coupe that exposes the engine to view. The convertible does without this glass cover, but uses an upright section of glass behind the driver flanked by pronounced buttresses. The bodywork covering the engine is solid, with a rear-opening section that more closely resembles a conventional trunk.