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2020 Corvette Stingray Convertible Reveal — Mid-Engine C8 Corvette Convertible!

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The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible continues the unbroken tradition of being offered as a drop-top roadster. This adaptation of the groundbreaking mid-engine Corvette coupe gives you a bit more of the open-air experience than the standard Targa roof. Chevrolet states the folding hardtop will stow itself in only 16 seconds at speeds up to 30 mph.

In person, it's just as striking as the Stingray coupe and is essentially identical under its skin. It's also as relatively affordable, costing just $7,500 more than the coupe, for a starting price around $67,000. It should also drive similarly since it weighs only about 100 pounds more than the coupe. We're looking forward to driving it for ourselves before it goes on sale in late Q1 of 2020.

The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray makes the most significant fundamental change for the brand in its history: moving the engine to the middle while somehow keeping the base price around $60,000. Sandwiching the engine between the passenger compartment and the rear axle comes with myriad performance benefits. It also radically freed up the Corvette's design for the all-new model.

The mid-engine Corvette's 6.2-liter V8 may sit under glass in the back, but it makes 495 horsepower (40 hp more than the base spec of the current C7 Corvette) and 470 lb-ft of torque when equipped with the optional exhaust upgrade. It also retains a pushrod design, which sacrifices valvetrain sophistication for compactness and simplicity, and rear-wheel drive remains the only available layout.

The Corvette mid-engine setup brings other significant changes. The passenger compartment now sits forward 16.5 inches — significantly closer to the front wheels — which provides a better sense of control. Moving the engine out of the way also permits a shorter and, Chevy says, more direct steering system. The hood now sits lower, too, enabling a larger windshield and better forward visibility.

The eighth-generation mid-engine Corvette also eschews the old transverse leaf-spring suspension for a more sports-car-conventional coil-over damper setup. Its significantly superior cornering ability meant Chevy had to retool the C8's lubrication system. Now, even the base Corvette has dry-sump oiling, which ensures constant engine lubrication when approaching (or exceeding) 1.0g of lateral acceleration.

Chevy says the C8 Corvette is good for a launch control-assisted run to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds, which would spank the quickest C7 Corvette Z06 we tested by more than half a second. The new changes also mean that, according to Chevy, the C8 Corvette can circle the skidpad at nearly 1.0g on its special Michelin all-season performance tires.

Read more about the 2020 Corvette: https://www.edmunds.com/chevrolet/corvette/2020/

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