The Chevy Corvette Convertible is continuing to gain in popularity, as the drop-top accounted for nearly half of C8 Corvette Stingray orders in December 2021 and in January 2022, GM Authority has learned.
Specifically, 49 percent of Corvette C8 orders were for the 2022 Chevy Corvette drop-top. That’s up from 42 percent of sales in September 2021, 41 percent in April 2021 for the 2021 Chevy Corvette, and 17 percent of sales of the 2020 Chevy Corvette in June of 2020.
The Corvette’s first-ever folding hardtop roof is proving quite popular with consumers, yet GM can’t build the Corvette C8 fast to enough to meet demand since its introduction. It can be argued that the hardtop configuration delivers the best of both worlds: the one-touch drop-top experience of a true convertible plus the noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) characteristics of a fixed-roof vehicle. The only downside, one could argue, is the added weight and complexity of a hardtop convertible configuration. In the case of the Corvette C8 Stingray, the Convertible weighs 101 pounds more than the Coupe. Even so, the Corvette Stingray Convertible weighs in at a very respectable 3,467 pounds.
Regardless, the 2023 Chevy Corvette will arrive in late spring 2022 as the fourth model year of the eighth-generation Corvette C8, bringing with it the new 2023 Chevy Corvette Z06, which will be available as either a hardtop coupe (with a manually-removable roof panel) or the hard-top convertible. It’ll be interesting to see if the trend for Corvette Convertible sales continues for the Z06. As GM Authority was first to report just yesterday, order books for the 2023 Corvette will open in March.
Chevy will make minor updates to the 2023 Corvette Stingray, with the most exciting news being the debut of the new 2023 Chevy Corvette Z06 track beast. The heart of the new Z06 is the naturally aspirated 5.5L V8 LT6 gasoline engine, which is the highest-horsepower atmospheric V8 ever fitted to a production vehicle. With a low weight, flat-plane crankshaft, a dual-overhead cam setup, and an all-aluminum block, the LT6 produces 670 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, with redline set at a screaming 8,600 rpm. Output is routed to the rear wheels through Tremec’s eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and 5.56 final drive ratio, which is shorter than that of the Corvette C8 Stingray.
The 2023 Corvette will also introduce a new Corvette 70th anniversary edition for both the Z06 and Stingray models, celebrating 70 years of Corvette production.
According to GM Authority sources, pricing for the 2023 Corvette Z06 will be released in March, with 2023 Corvette C8 production scheduled to begin on Monday, May 9th, 2022 at the GM Bowling Green plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky – the exclusive assembly facility of the Chevy Corvette since 1981.
Second only to the Porsche 911 Turbo S.
No word yet on when they may resume.