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  • 2020 C8 Corvette Stingray Convertible Official GM Press Release

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    CHEVROLET INTRODUCES FIRST HARDTOP CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE


    2020 Stingray convertible offers the same storage as coupe, even with the top down

    2019-10-02



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    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — 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 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible builds off that heritage as the first hardtop and mid-engine convertible in Corvette history.

    “We put the world on notice when we introduced the first mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette a few months ago, and now we’re raising the bar with the first-ever hardtop Corvette convertible,” said Brian Sweeney, Chevrolet U.S. vice president. “And the convertible will be priced only $7,500 more than entry 1LT Stingray coupe.”

    First and foremost, a convertible

    The mid-engine 2020 Corvette Stingray was engineered first and foremost as a convertible. The convertible maintains the tunnel-dominant structure and use of high-integrity die-cast parts found in the Stingray coupe.

    The team engineered the hardtop to stow seamlessly into the body, maintaining the Stingray’s impressive ability to store two sets of golf clubs in the trunk even with the top down. The convertible also keeps the coupe’s front storage compartment, which can fit an airline-spec carry-on and a laptop bag.

    The hardtop provides a quieter cabin, increased security and a cleaner look compared to the previous softtop designs.

    “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.”

    Inspired by jets

    Like the coupe, the Stingray convertible’s design was inspired by fighter jets. The tonneau cover features aerodynamically shaped nacelles influenced by the housing used for jet engines. The nacelles, which were also used as inspiration on the Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle (CERV) I and II, as well as the Corvette SS and SR2 concepts, help reduce air recirculation into the cabin and provide a remarkably exotic profile with the top up or down. The tonneau also provides a rear power-adjustable window and a vent for mid-engine cooling.

    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 — and uses encoders for precise control. Switching to electric motors from hydraulic systems helps increase reliability. A body-colored roof is standard, while Carbon Flash metallic-painted nacelles and roof are optional.

    Careful attention was paid to make sure the engine could breathe when stored underneath the tonneau cover. The sheet-molded composite top stows in a compartment made from lightweight composite panels and heat shields to manage heat from the engine.

    A divider glass window in the middle of the vehicle can be power adjusted with the top up or down. The glass has been optimized to reduce air recirculation and wind noise in the cabin for improved quietness. The roof system design, combined with the same rear spoiler used on the Stingray coupe’s Z51 Performance Package, results in identical drag between the coupe and convertible with the top up.

    Engineers tweaked the chassis for the convertible, with springs and dampers tuned specifically to provide nearly the same performance as the coupe.

    No compromise performance

    Like the Stingray coupe, the convertible is powered by the next-generation 6.2L Small Block V-8 LT2 engine, the only naturally aspirated V-8 in the segment. It will produce 495 horsepower (369 kW) and 470 lb-ft (637 Nm) of torque when equipped with performance exhaust — the most horsepower and torque for any entry Corvette.

    The LT2 is paired with Chevrolet’s first eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, which provides lightning-fast shifts and excellent power transfer. This transmission is uniquely designed to provide the best of both worlds: the spirited, 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.

    When combined, the advanced propulsion system, revised chassis tuning and retractable hardtop make the 2020 Stingray the most no-compromise Corvette convertible in history.

    Build and price tool now available

    Interested Stingray shoppers can now build and price their own Corvette coupe or convertible on the 2020 Corvette visualizer at Chevrolet.com.

    A dedicated Chevrolet Corvette Concierge team will provide 2020 Corvette customers with answers about the vehicle discovery, buying and ownership process. The team can be reached by calling 866-424-3892. Customers can also live chat with a Corvette Concierge by visiting Chevrolet.com. The team is available from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EDT Mondays through Fridays.

    The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray coupe goes into production at GM’s Bowling Green Assembly in late 2019, 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.
    Last edited by jagamajajaran; 10-02-2019, 08:21 PM.

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    • #3
      Press release posted.

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      • #4
        Thanks Jag!

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        • #5
          Jag,

          Tadge said 7500 extra over coupe, with some "additional" standard features?

          Any talk of what else in included the the 7500

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          • #6
            I'm not a big fan of the "black" nacelles and A pillars. Glad you can get body color pieces. Price is very good indeed. I'm thinking it's going to be convertible for me. Thx for the info jag.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by ARMD009 View Post
              Jag,

              Tadge said 7500 extra over coupe, with some "additional" standard features?

              Any talk of what else in included the the 7500
              John may have that for us soon.

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              • #8
                I "think" 1 LT gets rear view camera..... not sure what else?


                Thank you !

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                • #9
                  Bad

                  ***!

                  Thx for the info/can't wait to see one in person.

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                  • #10
                    Did they say how much weight the vert adds?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by ARMD009 View Post
                      Jag,

                      Tadge said 7500 extra over coupe, with some "additional" standard features?

                      Any talk of what else in included the the 7500
                      $7500 over the 1LT, it's only $7000 over the 2 or 3LT

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by C7Redneck View Post
                        Did they say how much weight the vert adds?
                        77 pounds is all.
                        SunKissed, my 2015 2LT, 7MT, Black over Daytona Sunrise Orange Metallic, Stingray convertible (One of about 40)

                        Purchased 5/2/2015,
                        >35,000+ miles

                        Proud member of the Old Dominion Corvette Club. Check us out http://www.olddominioncorvetteclub.org

                        Never grow up - It's a trap.

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                        • #13
                          What is the first order date for the Convertible?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by meyerweb View Post

                            77 pounds is all.
                            Yep. Found it. Amazing.

                            If the nacelles have rollover structural
                            members I’ll probably go vert for the first time! I’m still waiting for a Z06 and confirmation there are no heat issues with a vert on the track. I would not track with the roof open anyway. So it’s probably not an issue.
                            Attached Files

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by C7Redneck View Post

                              Yep. Found it. Amazing.

                              If the nacelles have rollover structural
                              members I’ll probably go vert for the first time! I’m still waiting for a Z06 and confirmation there are no heat issues with a vert on the track. I would not track with the roof open anyway. So it’s probably not an issue.
                              John reports GM said no roll over protection, sadly. But it will be interesting to see if it's easy for the aftermarket to add them.
                              SunKissed, my 2015 2LT, 7MT, Black over Daytona Sunrise Orange Metallic, Stingray convertible (One of about 40)

                              Purchased 5/2/2015,
                              >35,000+ miles

                              Proud member of the Old Dominion Corvette Club. Check us out http://www.olddominioncorvetteclub.org

                              Never grow up - It's a trap.

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