Drop-top Corvette promises no-compromise experience
Chevrolet reveals the 2014 Corvette Stingray convertible today at the Geneva Motor Show. The Corvette Stingray convertible features an all-new, fully electronic top that can be lowered remotely using the key fob. The top can also be opened or closed on the go, at speeds up to 50 km/h. A thick, three-ply fabric top, along with sound-absorbing padding and a glass rear window, contributes to a quiet cabin and premium appearance.
"The convertible has been a part of the heart and soul of Corvette since the very beginning in 1953," said Ed Welburn, GM vice president of global design.
Nearly all the performance and technology from the Corvette Stingray coupe carry over to the convertible. The only structural changes are limited to accommodations for the folding top and repositioned safety belt mounts. The convertible will also be powered by an LT1 6.2L V8 engine, which churns out 450 horsepower.
The Stingray’s signature profile is further accentuated with the top down, dual black accent panels behind the seats enhance the character lines of the tonneau cover. The signature ‘waterfall’ design originates in the valley between the nacelles, bringing the exterior color into the interior.
"We wanted the driving experience of the Corvette to live up to the performance expectations that come with the ‘Stingray’ name," said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer. "Because it was designed from the beginning as an open top car, the Corvette Stingray delivers an exhilarating, connected driving experience - no matter what configuration you choose."
The Corvette Stingray coupe and convertible will arrive in global markets in late 2013. Changes for Corvettes destined for export vary only in equipment required to accommodate the respective markets’ regulations, such as lighting, headlamp washers, and outside mirrors.