Good news if you've been holding out for the new drop-top 'Vette!
There's a new order cycle underway for the rear-mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette, according to the folks at Corvette Blogger, and this time around, there are no constraints on color options or extra-cost features. Not only that but for the first time ever, US Chevrolet dealers will be able to put in orders for the new C8 Corvette convertible.
Topless motoring is integral to the Corvette's identity, but the C8 is a bit different from past iterations in one very big way: instead of shipping with the typical soft rag top, the new 2020 Corvette convertible has a retractable hard top.
Why break with tradition? According to Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Jeuchter, the decision was made to move to a retractable hard top because "canvas tops are starting to look a little old-school." He remarked last November that a large part of the reason the C7 convertible didn't sell better was because "it didn't look as cool" as the coupe.
While Chevrolet is now accepting convertible orders, it's still unclear when the first examples will start rolling off the line at GM's Bowling Green, Kentucky assembly plant, although they're expected to enter production sometime in early April. An anticipated quality control hold might then push deliveries back to May, Corvette Blogger speculates.
The new Chevrolet Corvette convertible is a more tantalizing proposition than perhaps any past iteration of the drop-top sportscar, thanks to GM's exceptional engineering prowess. The C8 was engineered from the beginning to be a convertible, so no extra bracing is needed underneath the car to regain lost chassis rigidity. In turn, this means that the convertible is only 80 or so pounds heavier than the coupe, and no more flexible.
On the other hand, retractable hard tops are more expensive to implement, and the C8 convertible is priced a full $7,500 higher than the coupe. Is it an attractive enough proposition to overcome the price gap? We'll have some indication soon enough.