With even more access to the mid-mounted V8.
Chevy is fresh off the reveal of the all-new C8 generation Corvette Stingray, which for the first time ever, adopts a mid-engined layout. The new car features an evolved version of the old car's 6.2-liter V8 (now dubbed the LT2) producing 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. Power goes out through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, helping the new Vette hit 60 mph in under three seconds (with the Z51 package equipped) - all for a starting price of under $60,000.
There will undoubtedly be faster versions along the way like a new Z06 and ZR1 but Chevy made a big surprise by announcing the next C8 variant during the official reveal. That's right, it has been less than 24 hours since the C8's reveal and we already know a convertible model is coming soon.
As General Motors President Mark Reuss said his final words of the night, a short video showing the Stingray Convertible was put on screen. The car only received a few seconds of screen time (at best) but the images are clear enough to show what the convertible will look like. As with most mid-engined convertibles, the Corvette features two large buttresses with a glass window in between them. It looks like the glass engine cover of the coupe has been sacrificed for the convertible top mechanism but the video did specify it was a pre-production vehicle.
It is worth noting that just like past Corvette models, the coupe actually has a removable Targa roof. It can be removed manually and stowed in the rear trunk just like it could in the C7. But unlike any past Corvette generation, we think the C8 convertible is the better looking of the two and this may finally be the first instance where we prefer the convertible Vette to the coupe. Chevy did not reveal any details about pricing or availability for the convertible, only that it will be available at a later time.