You’ve already seen the 2020 Corvette Stingray coupe, along with the Z51 performance package equipped version of the new mid-engine sports car, so now it’s time to get familiar with the 2020 Corvette Convertible!
General Motors quietly showed off the 2020 Corvette Convertible in a teaser video it released last week. The video shows the Shadow Grey Metallic painted car sitting in a studio with its electronically folding hardtop hiding away in its rear storage compartment. Two rear buttresses jet out from the seat headrests, giving it a similar look to other convertible mid-engine cars like the Ferrari 488 Spyder and McLaren 720S Spider.
The 2020 Corvette Convertible in question also appears to be equipped with the optional Z51 package, so we know you’ll be able to throw the performance upgrade pack on the drop-top version, although this is to be expected.
Another interesting detail is the lack of a transparent engine cover. The folding roof likely plants itself partially on top of the engine compartment when it is stowed away, so there’d be no point in GM trying to show off the 6.2-liter LT2 V8 engine. A rather tiny engine compartment vent ensures the 495 horsepower motor receives ample cooling, however.
One final aspect of the convertible that we noticed is the small clear notch that connects the two rear buttresses in the middle, just ahead of the engine compartment. This appears to be a little windscreen and should help reduce buffeting and wind noise when traveling at higher speeds or on the highway. A collapsible mesh screen is sometimes used in place of such a device on other convertibles. We assume that this small window goes up when the top is up, and can be controlled to be either up or down when the top is stowed (in convertible mode).
Apart from the folding hardtop roof and other small details like we mentioned here, the 2020 Corvette Convertible should have similar performance statistics to the coupe. Convertible sports and supercars are sometimes a bit heavier than their coupe counterparts due to additional rigidity/bracing and added moving parts, but the difference is now smaller than ever thanks to engineering advancements. In addition, the Corvette has always been developed in Coupe and Convertible variants from the onset, ensuring that the underlying structure supports both body styles.
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