Better late than never.
Customer deliveries of the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible were supposed to begin earlier this year following its debut last October, but unforeseen circumstances, i.e. a UAW strike and a global pandemic nobody could have predicted, have delayed the launch.
With factories forced to shut down for several months, production of the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray coupe has also been significantly reduced, meaning some customers who placed an order for the 2020 model will have to wait until the 2021 model year. Happily, however, the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible won't be skipping the 2020 model year.
Earlier this month, we learned that the production of the new Corvette Convertible has already begun several months later than planned. Now, the first C8 Corvette convertibles have started to arrive at dealers.
A short video shows what is believed to be one of the first 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertibles finished in Rapid Blue arriving at a Chevrolet dealership on a transporter. The drop-top Corvette was delivered to the Criswell Chevrolet dealer based in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and will soon be delivered to its new owner.
Hopefully, the Corvette Convertible's new owner will still be able to take advantage of the last few weeks of summer weather with the roof down. Speaking of which, the roof can retract in 16 seconds and raise and lower at speeds of up to 30 mph. Several other C8 Corvettes are also loaded on the transporter, but it's difficult to tell if they are convertibles since they're still covered in protective wrapping.
Under the hood, the 2020 Corvette Convertible is powered by the same naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V8 as its coupe sibling producing 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Pricing starts at $66,400, a $7,500 premium over the fixed-roof C8 Corvette.