The 2020 Corvette Convertible touched down earlier this month in a debut event at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida, bringing with it a long list of exciting new features. Chief among these was a new foldable hardtop roof, the operation of which we captured in the following one-minute video.
Shot on location at the debut of the 2020 Corvette Convertible, the video shows the top both opening and closing. Chevrolet claims the roof will drop in just 16 seconds at speeds up to 30 mph, and by our stopwatches, we find that claim to be more or less accurate.
Making the magic happen is a button located on the driver’s side armrest. Hit it, and side windows drop, while the rear deck lid lifts up just behind the cabin. With the deck high in the air, the prominent “nacelle” aero elements in tow, the roof splits into two pieces, folding on top of one another as they descend below the deck. The lid then swings closed, locking the roof underneath it.
Speaking of which, the whole process reverses when putting the top back up, with the rear lid lifting and the roof unfolding into position above the cabin. Once the 2020 Corvette Convertible’s roof is back in place and the rear lid is down, the rear glass and side windows go up as well.
The move to a foldable hardtop roof is a major break from tradition, as all previous Chevrolet Corvette convertible models came equipped with a soft top. The benefits of a hardtop are threefold: first, a convertible hardtop provides a much more comfortable experience in the cabin compared to a soft top, as it more effectively blocks out road noise and wind noise. Secondly, a foldable hardtop is more secure, as soft tops can provide easy access to thieves. Finally, the foldable hardtop looks much cleaner than a soft top, closely mimicking the lines of the coupe model with the top in the up position.
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