First-Ever Chevrolet Corvette Hardtop Convertible Debuts


2020 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Credit: Chevrolet
As if the new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette - the first-ever mid-engine Corvette in history - didn’t excite us enough already. Now we have the ‘Vette’s first-ever hard top convertible to dream about. Chevrolet recently revealed the first Corvette with a retractable hard top roof. It’s only been offered with a soft top in the past, and in fact when the Corvette debuted in 1953, it was available only as a convertible.

“We put the world on notice when we introduced the first mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette a few months ago, and now we’re raising the bar with the first-ever hardtop Corvette convertible,” said Brian Sweeney, Chevrolet U.S. vice president. “And the convertible will be priced only $7,500 more than entry 1LT Stingray coupe.”

Corvette Convertible

Chevy says the mid-engine 2020 Corvette Stingray was engineered first and foremost as a convertible. The convertible maintains the tunnel-dominant structure and use of high-integrity die-cast parts found in the Stingray coupe. Chevy says its team engineered the hardtop to stow seamlessly into the body, maintaining the Stingray’s ability to store two sets of golf clubs in the trunk even with the top down. The convertible also keeps the coupe’s front storage compartment, which can fit an airline-spec carry-on and a laptop bag.


Chevy designers say the hardtop provides a quieter cabin, increased security and a cleaner look compared to the previous soft top designs.

Corvette Performance

Like the Stingray coupe, the convertible is powered by the next-generation 6.2L Small Block V-8 LT2 engine, the only naturally aspirated V-8 in the segment. It will produce 495-horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque when equipped with performance exhaust — the most horsepower and torque for any entry Corvette.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible revealed
2020 Chevy Corvette Convertible Reveal. Credit: Steve Fecht for Chevrolet.

The LT2 is paired with Chevrolet’s first eight-speed dual-clutch transmission for lightning-fast shifts and excellent power transfer. Chevy says this transmission is uniquely designed to provide the best of both worlds: the spirited, directly-connected feeling of a manual and the premium driving comfort of an automatic. The double-paddle de-clutch feature even allows the driver to disconnect the clutch by holding both paddles for more manual control.

When combined, Chevy says the advanced propulsion system, revised chassis tuning and retractable hardtop make the 2020 Stingray the most no-compromise Corvette convertible in history.


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Corvette Visualizer Tool

If you want to build and price one a new Corvette, just head over to the 2020 Corvette visualizer available now at Chevrolet.com. The 2020 Corvette Stingray coupe goes into production at GM’s Bowling Green Assembly in late 2019 and should hit the road in early 2020. The convertible will follow in late first-quarter 2020. Of course, this assumes the strike is settled by then.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible revealed
2020 Chevy Corvette Convertible Reveal. Credit: Steve Fecht for Chevrolet.
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