Looks like Chevrolet isn’t done changing up the Corvette for 2020. In addition to introducing a mid-engine layout for the new C8, Chevrolet is adding in a hardtop convertible that uses a folding mechanism similar to the Ferrari 458.
It’s not necessarily a slap in the face of Corvette history, but the hardtop convertible is the first time that a Corvette has had such an option. Chevy offers the reason for a hard top version as being that it will help cut down on interior noise, though if you want to hear the roar of the C8’s 6.2L naturally aspirated V8 you can just roll down the electric rear window. The top folds down at speeds up to 30 miles per hour and slips under a tonneau cover above the engine. The design is smart in that handling storing the top in this way means that the rear trunk space isn’t violated. You’ll still be able to pack in two sets of golf clubs with the top down. The frunk is large enough for a TSA-approved carry-on and a laptop bag.
Additionally, the hard top convertible only tacks on 80 pounds compared to the coupe, which can be attributed to the six engines it requires to fold the cover into stowage. You do, however, lose the glass engine cover—for obvious reasons. Opting for the hard cover version will add an additional $7,500. Even then, the C8 convertible comes in at $67,495, which is much less than a Porsche 718 Boxster S.
The powertrain for the convertible is unchanged from the coupe. You still get 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque channeled into an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (the dual clutch being another first for Corvette). On the inside, Chevrolet added in their Infotainment 3 Plus system, which sports an 8-inch touchscreen as standard. The system also includes a 10-speaker Bose sound set up and supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Corvette also acts as a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot with Bluetooth connectivity.
2020 seems to be the year for Corvette. New features, like the first-ever hardtop convertible, abound for this classic icon of American muscle.