TopGear.com05 March 2013

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible revealed

It’s no heavier and it’s got the same 450bhp 6.2-litre V8

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible revealed

The fact that Chevy's ripped the roof off its Corvette Stingray doesn't come as much of a surprise - the American sportster was always designed to be a drop-top, so it's never been integral to the structure.

The only changes are limited to accommodations for the folding top and repositioned safety belt mounts, which means it won't get a watered-down engine. It'll keep that lovely 450bhp 6.2-litre V8 that twists out 450lb ft of torque through either a seven-speed manual or six-speed auto'. Chevy expects the 0-62mph time to take less than four seconds, too, because the coupe and ‘vert share almost identical power-to-weight ratios.

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."

Like its predecessor, the fully automatic roof'll be fabric not metal, and you'll be able to raise and lower it at up to 30mph. Alas, us Brits won't be able to enjoy it - neither the fixed-head or convertible are being imported with the wheel on the correct side.

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