Corvette convertible gets hard top for 2020

Corvette convertible gets hard top for 2020

Two-piece design depends on high-tech die-cast parts, electric motors.

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Detroit, Michigan – General Motors’ 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible will be the first hardtop and mid-engine convertible in Corvette history.

“We put the world on notice when we introduced the first mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette a few months ago, and now we’re raising the bar with the first-ever hardtop Corvette convertible,” said Brian Sweeney, Chevrolet U.S. vice president. “And the convertible will be priced only $7,500 more than entry 1LT Stingray coupe.”

The team engineered the hardtop to stow seamlessly into the body, maintaining the Stingray’s ability to store two sets of golf clubs in the trunk even with the top down. The convertible also keeps the coupe’s front storage compartment, which can fit an airline-spec carry-on and a laptop bag.

The hardtop provides a quieter cabin, increased security, and a cleaner look compared to the previous softtop designs.

“Our goal from the beginning was to make sure customers didn’t have to sacrifice any functionality, performance or comfort when choosing the hardtop convertible,” said Josh Holder, Corvette program engineering manager. “We managed to keep the same design theme as the coupe, as well as the exceptional storage capacity and track capability.”

The hard top’s tonneau cover features aerodynamically shaped nacelles influenced by the housing used for jet engines. The nacelles reduce air recirculation into the cabin and provides a rear power-adjustable window and a vent for mid-engine cooling.

The two-piece top can be activated at speeds up to 30mph and retract in as few as 16 seconds. It is powered by six electric motors and uses encoders for precise control. Switching to electric motors from hydraulic systems increases reliability.

Careful attention was paid to make sure the engine could breathe when stored underneath the tonneau cover. The sheet-molded composite top stows in a compartment made from lightweight composite panels and heat shields to manage heat from the engine.