Production of the 2020 Corvette Convertible is scheduled to begin on July 13th, according to a new report.
The Bowling Green Assembly plant in Kentucky, which builds both the C8 Corvette Coupe and Corvette Convertible, will return to work the week of May 26th. The plant will focus on building the 2020 Corvette Coupe models for the remainder of May, all of June and the first week of July before the 2020 Corvette Convertible enters production on July 13th. GM has not built any 2020 Corvette Convertible models so far due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced the automaker to close the Bowling Green plant in early March.
This intel comes from Corvette Forum poster “Corvette Ed”, who works at Fairway Motors, a Chevrolet dealership located in Hazleton, PA. Corvette Blogger has spoken to Corvette Ed on various Corvette-related matters in the past and found his information to be credible.
GM is currently facing a large backlog of 2020 Corvette Coupe and Corvette Convertible orders. The automaker was forced to push the start of production from December 2019 until early February due to the 40-day UAW strike and only managed to build 2,700 examples of the sports car before the plant shut back down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, 2021 model year Corvette production will not begin until November of this year. The 2021 model year vehicles were originally scheduled to enter production on the first week of September, so these extra two months of production will allow GM to make up for the two-month COVID-19 shutdown.
The 2020 Corvette Convertible is mechanically identical to the fixed-roof model – save for the new two-piece foldable hardtop roof. The folding hardtop makes for a quieter, more-secure cabin compared to the soft top roofs previous Corvette convertible models used. The folding hardtop can be activated at speeds up to 30 mph and fully retracts in just 16 seconds. The Corvette Convertible is powered by the same 6.2L LT2 V8 engine as the fixed-roof model, which is good for 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque.