Check out the first-ever power hard top for the 2020 Corvette C8. Chevrolet has offered every Corvette since 1953 in a convertible variation. This convertible is much different, and definitely not made from the basic vinyl or cloth. Consumers even have the option to specify if they want the roof with a matching body color paint or a dark gray Carbon Flash.
Corvette is starting a new tradition with the power-folding hard top, made of retracting two panels that fold into two cubbies behind the seats and on top of the engine. The hard top is made of a composite material, making it lightweight. Owners still have the option to manually take off the panels and store them in the trunk. Doing so does take up all the cargo space available. Chevrolet says the weight increase is only 80 pounds over the normal convertible.
Not only did Chevrolet develop an improved roof, but engineers swapped the front-engine hydraulic actuators for six electrical ones. This design should be a more reliable option for the convertible mechanics. The top’s design allows the glass rear window to operate independently. This gives drivers the option to lower the window but keep the roof up. Another option is the rear window can be raised when the top is lowered to provide a wind shield.
The top takes 16 seconds to go down, and can be done with the vehicle moving up to 30 miles per hour. Chevrolet provided a heat shield around the cubby to protect the top from the engine. It could be a concerning factor with a 6.2L LT2 V-8 engine, producing 495 horsepower and 470 pound per feet of torque, sharing the same space as the roof without proper protection.
The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Convertible will only be $7,500 more than the base 1LT coupe. The standard Stingray starts just under $60,000 making the new convertible around $67,000. Production should start towards the end of the year.