The 2020 Corvette Convertible is an absolute game-changer for the nameplate, and not just because of the all-new platform and engine/drivetrain layout. The new mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette droptop also breaks the mold thanks to its foldable hardtop roof, which stands in contrast to the soft tops of every preceding Chevrolet Corvette Convertible ever made. Now, we’re lining it up against a slew of rival foldable hardtop models to see how it compares in terms of horsepower, 0-to-60 mph time and base cost.
Before we launch into this thing, it’s important to note why Chevrolet ended up ditching the soft top design in favor of a foldable hardtop. For starters, a foldable hardtop simply looks better. With the roof up, the new 2020 Corvette Convertible keeps the sultry lines and mid-engine proportions of the Coupe model completely intact, and in fact, the only real differences in terms of styling are relegated to the rear deck and “nacelles” just behind the headrests.
Additionally, a foldable hardtop makes for a far more comfortable ride, as it can more effectively block out the wind and road noise when the top is up. For a vehicle billed as an everyday supercar, this sort of thing is crucial.
Finally, a foldable hardtop roof is more secure than a ragtop, given thieves will have a harder time getting through metal than a fabric material.
With that covered, let’s dive right into the specs, starting with the 2020 Corvette Convertible. Making its big debut in October, the new C8 droptop is mechanically identical to its Coupe sibling, mounting the same naturally aspirated 6.2L LT2 V8 engine, which is once again tuned to deliver 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque when equipped with the optional performance exhaust system. Properly motivated, the new Corvette Convertible will sprint to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds. Pricing for the 1LT base model starts at $67,495.
From there, we dig into our list of rival foldable hardtops. Note that the models listed aren’t necessarily direct rivals for the C8, but rather are listed merely for comparison purposes.
That much should be obvious given our first entry here—the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF. Equipped with a 2.0L four-cylinder engine, the lightweight MX-5 doles out 181 horsepower at the rear wheels, good enough for a run to 60 mph in less than six seconds. While the MX-5’s performance is nowhere near that of the C8, neither is its price tag, starting at $32,345 for the RF Club model.
Next, we head to Germany for the BMW M4 Convertible. As the Bavarians’ compact droptop sports car, the M4 lays down the rubber thanks to a twin-turbo inline six-cylinder producing a maximum of 425 horsepower. The setup is good for a 4.2-second run to 60 mph, which is quick, but not as quick as the C8. Pricing is also significantly higher than that of the Vette, starting at $77,650.
Mercedes-Benz also has a few foldable hardtops worth looking at, starting with the SLC 43 Roadster. With its AMG-tuned twin-turbo 3.0L V6 on board, this Merc has 385 horsepower on tap, which is good enough for a run to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds. The Corvette beats both those numbers, but the SLC 43 manages to slot in under the Vette in terms of pricing, starting at $63,900.
Meanwhile, the bigger, posher Mercedes-Benz SL 550 Roadster hits the scene with 449 horsepower from a twin-turbo 4.7L V8, propelling the luxury sled to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds. Pricing is considerably higher though, starting at $114,700.
From there, we start to get into bonafide exotic territory. The McLaren 570S Spider posts an impressive 3.1-second run to 60 mph thanks to a twin-turbo 3.8L V8 producing 562 horsepower. However, as one might expect, pricing is a bit eye-watering, starting at $192,500.
Our final entry in this comparison is an Italian stallion—the Ferrari 488 Spider. With a twin-turbo 3.9L V8 mounted just behind the cabin, the 488 produces upwards of 660 horsepower, good enough to sling it to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds, matching the C8. However, pricing is astronomical by comparison, starting at $280,900.
|Model||Horsepower||0-To-60 MPH (seconds)||Starting Price|
|2020 Corvette Convertible||490||2.9||$67,495|
|Mazda Miata RF Club||181||5.8||$32,345|
|BMW M4 Convertible||425||4.2||$77,650|
|Mercedes-Benz SLC 43 Roadster||385||4.6||$63,900|
|Mercedes-Benz SL 550 Roadster||449||4.3||$114,700|
|McLaren 570S Spider||562||3.1||$192,500|
|Ferrari 488 Spider||660||2.9||$280,900|
Clearly, the 2020 Corvette Convertible makes for an incredible value compared to other contemporary hardtop convertible sports cars, offering an impressive mix of huge power, outrageously quick acceleration, and low cost. Throw in an all-American soundtrack from the exhaust pipes, and well, color us smitten.