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      10-02-2019, 11:08 PM   #935

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2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible Arriving In 2020 With $7500 Premium

This is the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible, introduced to give the established market of mid-engined, droptop supercars something new to worry about.

The unveiling of the 2020 Corvette Stingray Convertible comes just two-and-a-half months after the premiere of the Coupe and shows that Chevrolet is taking this whole mid-engined business very seriously. Production of the convertible will commence in the first-quarter of 2020 and be sold in both left- and right-hand drive configurations. Prices will start at $7500 more than the entry-level 1LT Stingray coupe.

Chevrolet says the new ‘Vette “was engineered first and foremost as a convertible” meaning it retains the coupe’s tunnel-dominant structure and high-integrity die-cast parts. Perhaps most impressive about the new Corvette Stingray Convertible is its packaging. As the folding hardtop stows seamlessly into the body, the car maintains the coupe’s ability to store two sets of golf clubs in the trunk.

“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,” Corvette program engineering manager Josh Holder said of the car. “We managed to keep the same design theme as the coupe, as well as the exceptional storage capacity and track capability.”

Users can operate the removable roof at speeds of up to 30 mph and in as little as 16 seconds. The roof system relies on six small electric motors as opposed to hydraulic systems used by Chevrolet in the past. This change is said to increase reliability. There is also a small window directly behind the cabin that can be adjusted with the top up or down while also helping to reduce air re-circulation and wind noise.

Like the coupe, the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible is powered by a 6.2-liter naturally-aspirated LT2 V8 engine delivering 495 hp and 470 lb-ft (637 Nm) of torque when equipped with the available performance exhaust. Power is sent through the rear wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.