The C8 Corvette Convertible is a car designed for warmer climates, but the Corvette is a mass-market sports car that is built in fairly large numbers, so a few will inevitably go to areas with cold winters and owners that don’t mind driving them during those months.
Those owners interested in driving their C8 Corvette Convertible during the winter should know the vehicle may not always be able to lower its hardtop roof. The owner’s manual indicates the Corvette can lower its top at temperatures going down to zero degrees Celsius or 32 degrees Fahrenheit, and raise the top at temperatures down to -10 degrees Celsius or 14 degrees Fahrenheit. A warning icon and message will appear on the Driver Information Center (DIC) if the vehicle detects the outside temperature is too low for the convertible top to operate.
The owner’s manual also instructs the owner to, if necessary, move the vehicle inside a heated building in order to operate the convertible top. Being unable to operate the convertible top prevents the user from being able to access the engine compartment, so this tip might come in handy to owners that find their convertible top is too cold to be raised or lowered.
The C7 Corvette Convertible and the sixth-generation Chevy Camaro Convertible cannot lower their top in cold weather either, however their tonneau covers do not give the owner access to the engine compartment, so it doesn’t present quite the same problem as the mid-engine C8 Corvette.
Chevy built 20,368 examples of the 2020 Corvette, but production of the drop-top model began later in the year, so only 3,581 of those vehicles were convertibles. The production numbers for the Corvette Convertible should be higher for the 2021 model year, which entered production on December 11th of last year.