The 2020 Corvette Convertible is here, and it’s packing loads of muscle-bound goodness in a tasty mid-engine package. We’ve been busy picking through all the features on offer, and have learned that the convertible’s Rear Camera Mirror stops working after the roof is lowered.
For those who may be unaware, the GM Rear Camera Mirror feature is a technology that replaces the standard rear-view mirror with a high-res video feed from a wide-angle camera pointing behind the vehicle. This not only provides a better view of what’s going on aft of the vehicle with less obstruction, but it does so without taking up real estate on the primary infotainment screen, instead providing the driver with a clear rear view in a more convenient location higher in the cabin.
On the 2020 Corvette Convertible, the camera for the Rear Camera Mirror is located on the roof panel. With the roof up, the system works as intended, providing a wide-angle view behind the Vette. However, when the roof is lowered into the rear storage compartment, the camera goes with it, obstructing its view in the process.
Thus, with the 2020 Corvette Convertible roof lowered, drivers must instead rely on the standard rear view mirror to see behind the vehicle.
For reference, the Rear Camera Mirror feature comes with two separate modes, as toggled by a tab on the mirror. Flipping it switches between the camera feed and a traditional electrochromatic rearview mirror.
With the new mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette mounting the naturally aspirated 6.2L LT2 V8 engine just behind the cabin, it makes sense to offer enhanced visibility via the Rear Camera Mirror. However, with the switch to a standard reflective mirror with the top down, we’d venture that rear visibility is still pretty decent, given the roof isn’t there to obstruct the view.