Cues that distinguish the new convertible from the targa-top coupe
The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette convertible just debuted, and we’re beyond excited to drive it. But given that the C8 Corvette Stingray already offers an open-air experience, you may be wondering how the convertible is different from the coupe. From the design to the suspension calibration, there’s a lot of things that distinguish the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Convertible from its coupe sibling. Here are eight differences between the C8 coupe and convertible.
The Convertible is Much Pricier
When you look at the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, the first thing you’ll probably ask is how much it costs compared to the coupe. Well, it’s a good bit more, actually—$7,500 USD dearer than the base 1LT coupe, to be precise. That would bring the starting price for the Corvette C8 convertible to $67,495 USD. You can equip both models similarly but you will pay more for the convertible’s trick folding hard top.
No Showing Off the Engine
Unlike the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe, the Corvette C8 convertible has a different rear end design that loses the hatch. Instead, you get a more conventional trunk, which means no showing off that 6.2-liter V-8 lurking behind the passenger cabin. The top folds into the space above the engine and is covered by a curvaceous tonneau (we’ll get to that in a bit) with extra vents in the back that appear to be there to help improve cooling.
Power the Roof Up and Down
One of the biggest differences lies in how the top comes down. The C8 coupe features a removable targa roof panel that can be stored in the cargo area. But in the C8 convertible, opening the cabin up to the elements is much easier. For the first time ever, a Corvette convertible has a hard top. The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette convertible has ditched the soft top in favor of a two-piece composite sheet-molded roof that can raise or lower in 16 seconds. Unlike most folding hard tops, which require you to stop or literally crawl at parking lot velocities to operate, the 2020 C8 Corvette convertible’s roof can be operated at speeds of up to 30 mph (48 km/h).
Once you have the roof folded and stowed, the most distinguishable design cue on the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette convertible is the pair of fairings behind the driver and passenger seats. With the top up, they integrate neatly so that the car looks cohesive enough that it can pass as a fixed-roof vehicle. In addition to body-colored fairings and roofs, you can also opt for a Carbon Flash metallic one for a contrasting look.
Retractable Divider Glass
Since the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible doesn’t have a hatch, its rear window has been moved up in between the two fairings. As part of the drop-top experience, the rear window is power operated so you can move it up or down if you’d like more or less wind in your hair.
Unique Suspension Calibration
A key difference between the two body styles of the 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette lies beneath the skin in their suspension tuning. Convertible models have their own spring and damper calibrations that are unique from the coupe. Chevrolet says that performance should be identical between the two 2020 Corvette C8 body styles.
Special Compartment for the Roof
Convertibles need a place to stow their tops when not in use, and the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 keeps its lid on top of the engine. Made of composite panels and heat shields, the tub for the Corvette convertible’s roof was made with the engine in mind so that it can still breathe properly when the top is down.
Earlier this year, we found a leaked document outlining the specifications for the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 in convertible and coupe body styles. Now, we’ve finally gotten official word on the C8 convertible’s weight. It is heavier than the coupe, but the gain has been limited to around 80 pounds (36 kg) thanks to the use of composite materials for the roof and electric motors instead of the hydraulic units that the C7 convertible used.