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2020 Corvette retractable hardtop, forget the word ragtop

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  1. bitzman

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    Anything I missed plastic pachyderm fans?






    CORVETTE HARDTOP CONVERTIBLE: Delete word “ragtop” from your Corvette vocabulary….




    2020 Corvette ragtop? Fohget about it, pilgrim. It's official. It’s a hardtop convertible. . And it's about 20% different than the coupe in styling, a nudge toward more exotic since top down it more resembles some mid-engine exotics from Italy (dare we mention in the same breath the 488 Ferrari spyder?)


    Chevrolet introduced the variation on the 2020 Corvette in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Wednesday. Corvettes have always had a convertible but this one is a high tech convertible.



    The completely retractable hardtop stows behind the passenger compartment. The convertible option will be offered on the Corvette as a $7,500 jump over the standard $59,995 model. This was not some conversion from the coupe but designed from the ground up so it should have the same structural integrity.

    They claimed they kept the same design theme as the coupe, plus the same storage capacity and track capability, but one thing missing is the see-through engine cover that touted what engine you had.



    The reason they lost that is that the hardtop section that is moved from over your head “nests” under a lifting rear lid between two aircraft-inspired blisters, where on the coupe the engine is displayed in all its grandeur.

    Chevrolet is promising the rear cargo space can still hold two golf bags (why is it always golf bags? Why don’t they ever say it will hold four AR-15s? Just asking…)

    One controversial part to me is the lumps on the rear deck which strongly resemble the flying buttresses on the convertible Ferrari 458 or Lamborghini Huracan.

    Speed of the retraction is important to some people and whether you can put the top down without stopping (why the latter is important seems to me to be the ultimate in impatience…)

    They are saying the top retracts in 16 seconds at speeds of up to 30 mph.

    A body-colored roof is standard; but pay extra and you can get “Carbon Flash” metallic-painted nacelles (exactly what color is that anyway, looks like black to me in the pictures) and roof are optional.

    You wonder if the convertible will breathe better, as now that it’s not trapped under glass, there are new vents on the rear deck+.



    Corvette designers were careful to design the convertible to resist engine heat with minimal air-resistance. Don’t worry about increased drag with the top up, they are claiming the same aero number whether the top is up or down.



    The 2020 Corvette Stingray coupe was scheduled to go into production in Bowling Green, Kentucky, later this year with the convertible following in the late first quarter of 2020 (presuming of course they settle with the UAW). This Corvette convertible will be seen in the UK as it will be offered with right-hand drive.

    DESIGN CRITIQUE:

    FRONT: Convertible looks no different

    SIDE Nacelles or blister headrest fairings as I call them look “full” from side.” I like the body colored ones better. I think similar to the ’05-’06 Ford GTs, what color you order will affect resale value later (as on the Ford GT’s those that spent $13,000 extra to get the Gulf Heritage color scheme can sell their Ford GTs for $100,000 more!)

    REAR: There’s where I am a wee bit dis-satisfied in that the blisters are only story of half blisters, as the facing center sections are not as full as the outside, this because they need some width to get the lid up and down. The good part is that they get rid of the fastback rear window which to me is a little bizarre in the frame shape, with a dip at the top and a point at the bottom as if it was influenced by 1920’s art deco which itself was influenced by Egypt-mania after the discovery of King Tut’s tomb.

    REAR: Little confusing in that the ventilation slots look like the front air scoop on some earlier Corvette.

    IN SUM: Another nail in the coffin for V8 powered Ferrari and Lamborghini convertibles. There is now way they can justify their prices when Chevrolet can offer virtually the same performance and similar styling at a fraction of the price.



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  2. Dragster

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    I think the convertible C8 looks great, and I really like the orange and black combo!
     
  3. bitzman

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    It is really tricky odering colors vis-a-vis which will be rarer later. For example if most people ordering 2020 Corvette convertibles order the dark colored nacelles than those with body colored nacelles will be tater and more sought after by collectors. Consider the 2005-2006 Ford GT. The Heritage (Gulf colors) paint option only came along in 2006 and cost a hefty $13,000 extra. But today they are worth $100,000 more than other '06 Ford GTs. One thing helping the rarity value of the 2020 Corvette is the UAW strike. I don;t know if the Bowling Green plant is unionized, but the number of 2020 Corvettes that get out there lessens with each contin ued day of the strike.
     
  4. BJK

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    Pleeeze, NO 2020 Corvette is ever going to be 'collectible'. It's a MASS produced BASE model car. It's not a Z06, ZR1, Zora, or 'Special' edition.
     
  5. bitzman

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    But what about that first Mustang sold to an irline pilot in Canada, It had nothing special about it other than no one has found one older. It wasn't a Shelby, a Boss or any other special model, just the first...
     
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  7. Gofastr

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    Corvettes haven't always had a convertible.
     

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