The 2020 Corvette C8 is here, bringing all the goodness of Corvettes past, but now packaged with a fresh mid-engine layout. No doubt about it, the new Vette is one very desirable sports car. But the question is this – would you rather have the C8 Coupe, or the C8 Convertible?
The answer might not be quite as straightforward as you think. For starters, the new 2020 Corvette Convertible is now equipped with a foldable hardtop, which stands in stark contrast to the soft tops of every previous Corvette convertible model. That means that buyers not only get the unlimited headroom expected of a convertible, but also similar NVH (noise/vibration/harshness) levels when compared to the Coupe model.
What’s more, the foldable hardtop provides enhanced security compared to the old soft tops as well, diminishing the list of traditional convertible drawbacks even further. However, at the same time, the Coupe’s removable top may provide enough blue sky to satisfy some buyers.
Then there’s the thorny issue of aesthetics. Both vehicles looks quite good, but the 2020 Corvette Convertible offers a slightly different look thanks to the addition of the rear nacelles. What’s more, the Coupe stands apart for its see-through engine cover.
But what about weight? While both the 2020 Corvette C8 Coupe and C8 Convertible offer roughly similar curb weights, with the latest unofficial figures coming in at 3,535 pounds and 3,637 pounds respectively, the 102-pound difference could be a deal-breaker for hardcore performance enthusiasts.
Luckily, the powertrain is identical between the 2020 Corvette C8 Coupe and C8 Convertible, with both body styles rocking the naturally aspirated 6.2L LT2 V8 engine, which throws down 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque when equipped with the optional performance exhaust. Output is send rearwards through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.
All told, it’s a hard choice between these two beauties. So we throw the question to you, dear reader – which would you rather have? Let us know by voting in the poll, and make sure to voice your opinion in the comments as well. And don’t forget to subscribe to GM Authority for more mid-engine Corvette news, Corvette C8 news, Corvette news, Chevrolet news, and around-the-clock GM news coverage.