2020 Corvette Convertible Spied, Again: Video8
Chevrolet has so far announced the 2020 Corvette C8 as a coupe with a removable roof panel, but some buyers prefer the single-button operation of a full-fledged convertible. As such, the Bow Tie brand is toiling away to make such a thing a reality, as seen with this latest video of the 2020 Corvette Convertible.
We’ve covered the 2020 Corvette Convertible before, showing you various spy shots and rumors on more than one occasion. The upcoming droptop was also teased in an official Chevy video last month. In fact, we spotted a prototype in public not too long after that teaser., and even knocked on the roof panel to confirm that it is, in fact, a hard top. But the video featured here provides yet another up-close-and-personal look at the upcoming drop-top model.
Free of any exterior badging, this 2020 Corvette Convertible prototype is easily identified by the black-and-white camouflage applied to the roof and engine cover section. Indeed, the biggest difference between the Coupe and Convertible is just behind the cabin, which on the droptop appears to accommodate the roof section by allowing it to fold either under or over the engine cover. Large buttresses are seen just behind the headrests, and air vents are placed over the engine.
Also notice the lens for the Rear Camera Mirror on top of the roof. Although it’s not clear where it’ll go when the roof is down, this particular example seems to have a cutout in the rear netting to provide the camera with a clear view of what’s behind the vehicle.
The biggest news for the 2020 Corvette Convertible is that it will be a hardtop convertible, representing a major update over previous Corvette Convertible models, all of which were soft-top models. By comparison, a hardtop convertible configuration typically offers improved noise/vibration/harshness (NVH) levels, although the gains are typically offset by higher weight, technical complexity, and price. In the modern world of convertibles, the hardtop is simply the way to go.
The 2020 Corvette Convertible is expected to debut this fall in Stingray form and on on sale by the end of 2019 alongside its coupe variant.
One last note: the video in question refers to the vehicle as a “Spyder” – a term used to describe convertible models by other automakers. From what we know at the moment, the C8 with a convertible roof will simply be called “Corvette Convertible.”
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That Morello (sp) red interior looks great. Which means this is a 3LT trim.
Why no Corvette badging?
No Corvette badging because it’s a prototype. No need to badge IREVs, especially if basing is not being produced fully.
Live to dream.. a 2022 Chevrolet C8 Corvette ZR1 capable of challenging a Bugatti Centodieci with a 500 hp electric motor driving the front wheels and an updated LT5 that makes 860 hp propelling the rear with a price of just $150K compared with the Centodieci’s price of $8-10 Million and unlike the Bugatti which will see production capped at just 10 cars, Chevrolet would build as many 2022 C8 Corvette ZR1 that they can get orders for.
Now lets’ see a hardtop Camaro ‘Vert!!!
Unless they borrowed the Cascada (and its predecessor’s Saab 9-3 Convertible) flip-up rollbar… it looks like the C8 will go without any roll protection.
There are some folks that think the edge wings around the seats are reinforced… I struggle to see how, unless those things are titanium, that they could be weight-bearing in a rollover.
Only other slight possibility is if the seats have built in self-deploying bars. Unlikely, but possible.
In other words, this is bad news for taking this to the track.
The only REAL Corvette, IMHO, is a red vert.
And its a stick!
This is NOT a Corvette convertible.
It is a T-Top with an electric sliding top.