Don’t forget about the C8 Corvette convertible
|driving.ca 20 Jul 2019 at 07:57|
The mid-engined 2020 Corvette has debuted to some serious fanfare (and criticism , but we’ll ignore that for now), but Chevrolet actually discreetly revealed two cars, which you might not have even noticed.
Famously, the Corvette has always come in two body styles, Coupe with Targa roof (or T-tops) and a convertible, and the C8 is no exception.
During Chevrolet’s presentation to reveal the revolutionary C8 Corvette, they waited until the very end to share the convertible version with us, and we have to say, it looks great. The flying buttresses make a comeback for the first time since the C3, replacing the glass roof panel that would have let you peek at the engine. Instead of a removable roof panel, the photos show that the top likely folks underneath a panel that doubles as an engine cover.
No official details were provided for the convertible variant, but we can expect it will have the same 490-horsepower 6.2-litre V8 coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission as the standard coupe, along with the Z51 package that adds another 5 horsepower. Traditionally, a convertible variant of a sports car has a slower 0-100 time, but since the C8 started life as a Targa, there’s a possibility that it may not be affected.
As for the price , the Corvette C8 convertible will likely command a small premium over the standard Targa style as it has done in the past, usually about $5,000. Availability has not been announced, but it took a while for Chevrolet to release the convertible version of the C7 as well, so we’ll wait with bated breath… Again.