It’s coming sooner than you think.
Chevrolet may not be at the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show to show off the new mid-engine 2020 Corvette Stingray, but that didn't stop the automaker from announcing the 2020 Corvette Convertible's reveal date. We already knew the new open-top Corvette will break cover next month based on recent comments made by Corvette Assembly Plant Manager, Kai Spande, but we now have an exact date: set your calendars for October 2, everyone. Yes, that's only three weeks away.
Chevrolet made the announcement on Twitter with a teaser video previewing the C8 Corvette Convertible's silhouette, but Chevrolet has already shown off the convertible uncamouflaged in a teaser video released back in July, which also previewed the upcoming C8.R race car.
A recent spy video gave us a closer look at the 2020 Corvette Convertible. Unsurprisingly, it looks virtually identical to the 2020 Corvette Stingray coupe, but will of course sport some flying buttresses to accommodate the folding hardtop roof. What is surprising, however, is that the convertible won't be much heavier than the coupe.
According to a leaked document, the convertible C8 Corvette will have a curb weight of 3,637 pounds – that makes it only 102 pounds heavier than the coupe, yet most convertibles are significantly heavier due to the extra strengthening required for the chassis.
As for the powertrain, the C8 Corvette convertible will surely use the same 6.2-liter naturally-aspirated V8 engine as the coupe, which sends 490 horsepower to the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. 0-62 mph in the coupe takes less than three seconds before hitting a top speed of 194 mph.
Sales of the C8 Corvette Convertible will likely kick off next year after its official debut on October 2. Then the long wait for the C8 Corvette Z06 begins, which is expected to arrive in 2022 with at least 800 hp on tap.