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2020 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible: First Look

  • Hardtop Convertible is a $7,500 premium on top of the 2020 Stingray sticker price
  • Virtually identical performance
  • Drop-Top Style
  • Cargo areas remain enough for 2 golf bags and a carry-on sized bag

The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray recently made its debut in mid-July, but Chevy had one more trick up its sleeve for its 8th generation ‘Vette. Enter the new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible, the latest and greatest iteration of Chevrolet’s iconic open-air sports car. Surrounded by retired rockets and astronauts, the C8 Corvette Convertible was unveiled at Kennedy Space Center in front of a few hundred gob-smacked journalists and automotive professionals, an appropriate locale for a sports car inspired by fighter jets and packing enough horsepower chutzpah to seemingly achieve low earth orbit.

What’s So Special About it?

Aside from adding open-air style to the C8 Corvette, the 2020 Corvette Convertible features the first retractable hardtop in the model’s history. Capable of operating at speeds up to the 30 mph, the hardtop stows underneath a tonneau cover creating a seamless look that goes hand in hand with the Corvette’s new supercar persona. In addition to providing an immaculate aesthetic, the hardtop allows for increased security and reduced cabin noise in lieu of a soft top. Cargo space isn’t sacrificed either and allows for the stowage of two sets of golf clubs in the rear trunk, even with the top down.

The roof itself is composed of composite materials and powered by electric motors, allowing for roof retraction in as little as 16 seconds. This composite construction is mimicked inside the roof compartment and allows for management of heat produced by the engine when the top is down. While a body-colored roof is standard, a carbon flash version is optional.

More Style, Same Performance

The new Corvette Convertible features the same powerplant found in its Stingray sibling: a 6.2-liter Small Block V8 LT2 producing 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. All that power propels the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible from 0-60 in around 3 seconds, just about the same amount of time as the Stingray. While no manual is available, a dual-clutch automatic transmission provides quick shifts and the control that enthusiasts expect.

While the engine is the same on the Corvette Convertible, the chassis has been adjusted slightly to compensate for the retractable roof. Springs and dampers have been tuned specifically for the convertible resulting in congruent performance across body styles.

The Price of Nice

Expect a $7,500 premium for retractable hard top models, bringing the starting price of a base 1LT model to $67,495 before taxes and fees — a mere pittance for a modern, open-air supercar. The price of the hard top is standard across all trim levels, making the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette the economical favorite for those seeking a brand-new head turner to burn up the streets. Prospective buyers can customize their own C8 Corvette thanks to Chevrolet’s visualizer tool on the brand’s consumer website. Find a Chevrolet Corvette for sale

Rob Nestora
Rob Nestora
I’ve been working as an editor and content producer on the team for about six years. I love cars and technology, so working on a website with an automotive focus is a perfect fit.

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