After a couple of preview pictures, Chevrolet finally takes the wraps off the new Corvette Stingray Convertible at the Geneva Motor Show, revealing a handsome 450 horsepower soft-top sports car. Apart from a fully electronic top that can be lowered remotely at speeds of up to 30 mph (50 km/h), the convertible is the same as the coupe.
So you get an LT1 6.2L V-8, with an estimated 450-HP (335 kW) and 450 lb-ft of torque (610 NM), and the choice of either manual or automatic gearbox. Despite having to add a few strengthening beams to the drop-top car, Chevy engineers managed to keep the power-to-weight ration of this car similar to the hardtop. So there is no loss in performance.
The convertible features a thick, three-ply fabric top, along with sound-absorbing padding and a glass rear window. They say it is as quiet and refined as a coupe when the roof is up. As mentioned, you can lower the top remotely via the car’s key fob.
This model also comes with a few interior upgrades to go with the convertibleness of it. Behind the seat backs, dual black accent panels enhance the character lines of the tonneau cover. It also features the Corvette’s signature “waterfall” design that brings a bit of the exterior color into the interior.
The new Corvette is lighter and stiffer than the old model, thanks to the use of advanced materials such as carbon fiber hood, composite fenders, doors and rear quarter panels; carbon-nano composite underbody panels and a new aluminum frame. Chevy reckons it will be able to return up to 26 mpg.
The Corvette Stingray coupe and convertible arrive in global markets in late 2013, with left-hand-drive models to be offered in Europe, the United Kingdom, the Middle East, Japan and Russia.