Chevrolet Says The New C8 Corvette Convertible Will Arrive In October

Chevrolet has disclosed that the C8 Corvette Stingray Convertible will be unveiled next month.

Even before the new mid-engined Corvette was unveiled, we knew a Convertible was in the works, and at the C8’s global unveiling, Chevrolet even dropped a few images of the car. While talking about it at the National Corvette Museum’s 25th Anniversary Celebration event last weekend, Corvette Assembly Plant Manager Kai Spande provided us with a solid timeframe as to when the car will debut.

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“I don’t think that detail [the exact date] has been out there,” he started in response to an audience question. “At the reveal, there was, 1-second here and 1-second there [showing the Convertible] but what we have said is that in the October timeframe there will be the reveal of the Convertible so that’s coming.”

A handful of Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible prototypes have been spied testing since the coupe’s unveiling in the middle of July. Images of the car have revealed that it will sport two buttresses directly behind the passenger cell, and while we don’t yet know exactly how the roof’s stowing mechanism will work, we do know that it will be a folding hardtop.

Powering the droptop C8 will be the same naturally aspirated, 6.2-liter V8 as the Coupe, with 490 HP in base trim and 495 HP with the Z51 Performance Package and exhaust. A recent document revealed that the Convertible will weight just 102 lbs (46 kg) more than the Coupe.

 

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  • Craig

    I doubt those in the car would notice the difference between this and the standard ‘Vette with the roof panel off.

    • Jay_Sam

      Absolutely agree on that.

    • db

      Other than one will have a “hard top” and the other, a “soft top”.
      Interesting that there no pics with its roof on.

      • Craig

        I bet it looks surprisingly ‘after-market’.

    • K Mac

      They’ll notice each and every time they open or close/remove or put back on the top. I’m a convertible driver and I can’t imagine going from that to a top you have to take on and off. Life is too short for all that especially when you’re driving a car that attracts a lot of attention.

  • Jay_Sam

    I think this strategy is absolutely wrong. Chevy sacrificed body and chassis rigidity (which affects weight and handling) to removable roof in order to get coupe and open top experience of the customers. Now they are about to release convertible. Why to waste resources on unnecessary engineering to duplicate your product? They could put max effort into making coupe (without removable roof) a proper handling with a max body stiffness and max lightness. And for those who want open top experience then offer convertible version. Or they could just skip the convertible because they already have a coupe with removable roof, and instead put their resources onto some other areas: faster versions or various powertrain options (EV or hybrid etc.) Or they could just save up that money for the future of the business.

    Chevy strategist needs to be questioned on that. Maybe therefore chevy is closing plants and gone downwards in recent years.

    • K Mac

      Where are you getting your data from to be able to state with such conviction, what they compromised?

      My problem is that this convertible just doesn’t look very attractive.

      • Jay_Sam

        Unless it is a carbon structure monocoque there must be certain loss in rigidity. I work in auto industry and know what I am talking about. Secondly in a steel chassis if you take the roof of then in order to compensate you need to add a bit more rigid metal to the structure. Plus roof mechanism which adds more weight.

        Or if you don’t believe just go and learn some other similar cars being converted from coupe to convertible. See the weight and body stiffness difference.

        • K Mac

          So in other words, you’re assuming on top of assuming?! My questioning was more along the lines of do you have specific information about this particular car. The

          C8 represents a lot of firsts for Chevy, right down to the interior which features real everything (carbon fiber, aluminum, leather, no exposed plastic anywhere in the L3 trim). You could be right but you’re still guessing, yes, and educated guess but still a guess.

          It makes little difference to me. I was simply asking. As long as the car has sufficient safety features (auto roll bars, etc.) then I’m good. I have a 2010 Audi R8 Spyder which I purchased slightly used after driving my older brothers R8 Coupe for 4-months daily before he sold it. I know the difference between the 2 and in looking for a new car now, I will stick with convertibles as here in CA, everyday is top down day.

          • Jay_Sam

            First I am not questioning your choice. If you like convertible go buy and be happy. Second we are not talking about interior trim of corvette. I am also not against in turning coupe to convertible. Go back and read my first comment again.

          • K Mac

            The explanation was to highlight the thought process and desires of the convertible customer (what matters most to us). In other words, your complaints real or imagined, are of little concern to the majority of the intended market segment.

            I read and understood what you wrote. Perhaps you are not understanding my point. I’m sure your word is good for that which you have actually worked on in your industry. However, this is something, something you are unfamiliar with. I’ll wait for the official data that will most likely follow the convertible next month.

  • K Mac

    I really hope this is not the real deal final product. It just doesn’t look right. And I also hope that there is something off about the image because the car looks as if it raised in the rear, giving the whole car an awkward profile.

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