Making its grand entrance last October at a special event at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, the C8 Corvette Convertible drops the top on the new mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette, matching all of that eighth-generation goodness with miles and miles of sky. Now, we’re taking another look at the new Vette ‘Vert in the following GM Authority Photo Gallery.
Obviously, the most important change between the standard C8 Corvette and the Convertible model is the roof. For the first time in the history of the Chevrolet Corvette nameplate, the C8 Convertible offers a foldable hardtop, mating all the open-sky benefits of a standard rag top with a number of benefits brought on only by a retractable hard top configuration, such as added security, and a quieter driving experience in the cabin with the top up.
The foldable hardtop also necessitates some design changes behind the cabin, and the result is a new profile for the C8 Corvette Convertible when compared to the Coupe. Most noticeable are the addition of “nacelles” behind the seats, as well as a flatter deck lid when compared to the Coupe’s more hatch-like rear end. Meanwhile, a power-adjustable rear window keeps the wind in the cabin at a minimum.
Incredibly, despite the folding hardtop roof, the C8 Corvette Convertible still manages to accommodate two sets of golf clubs in the trunk – just like the Coupe model.
The mechanical specs are also identical to the 2020 Corvette C8 Coupe, with the mid-mounted, naturally aspirated 6.2L LT2 V8 engine throwing down 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque when equipped with the optional performance exhaust system. An identical eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission routes the muscle to the rear wheels. The suspension was also tuned to make sure the C8 Corvette Convertible offers nearly the same performance as the Coupe.
To note, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic may push the planned 2020 model year release for the C8 Corvette Convertible into the 2021 model year, though that’s something that isn’t clear at the moment.
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