According to Corvette Blogger, the first production examples of the 2020 Corvette Convertible will roll off the production line in Bowling Green today, though these aren’t the first C8 Corvette Convertible models to have been built. The plant has been churning out a limited number of so-called “Captured Test Fleet” vehicles for testing purposes in recent months (we’ve spotted a few of them out and about on public roads), but the vehicles that are being built today will be going to paying customers.
GM plans to slowly ramp up production of the 2020 Corvette Convertible in the coming weeks, so it’s likely that these folding hardtop models will only leave the plant in relatively small numbers today and for the rest of this week.
The 2020 model year Corvette Convertible will only be in production for a brief period due to the various production setbacks GM has experienced with regard to the eighth-generation Corvette. The sports car was first set to enter production in December, but the start date was pushed back to February due to the 2019 UAW strike. As such, Bowling Green Assembly only built about 2,700 cars before it was forced to shut back down in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The plant reopened in late May, but only built coupe models for the remainder of that month and throughout June and July.
As we noted in a previous article, production of the 2021 model year Corvette is expected to commence in November. The mid-engine sports car has only received minor changes for the new model year such as some new equipment options and two new exterior colors. Many customers who ordered a 2020 Corvette or Corvette Convertible have been or will be given a 2021 model year build slot instead due to the various production delays GM experienced with the 2020 model.
The 2020 Corvette Convertible is mechanically the same as the coupe model, save for the two-piece foldable hardtop roof. The roof, which represents a departure from the soft-top configuration offered on all previous Corvette Convertible models, can be activated at speeds up to 30 mph and fully retracts in about 16 seconds. It is powered by the same naturally aspirated 6.2L LT2 V8 engine, rated at 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, and eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.