Ever since the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was unveiled at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, Vette enthusiasts worldwide knew that its convertible variant wouldn’t be far behind.
And as expected, the American automaker has officially unveiled the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show today. According to Chevrolet, the only structural changes to the convertible model were limited to accommodations for the folding top along with repositioned safety belt mounts. The all-new, fully-electronic top found on the Stingray Convertible can be lowered remotely using the key fob. Though its basically the same as the coupe, the convertible undoubtedly emphasizes the sports car’s low, lean proportion even more.
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The top on the Stingray Convertible can also be opened or closed on the go of course, at speeds of up to 30 mph. Its folding mechanism is an all-new design, allowing the top to be lowered in 21 seconds. And for those worried that the convertible would be noisy, Chevrolet focused hard on addressing that issue. Using a thick, three-ply fabric top, the American automaker reinforced the convertible with sound-absorbing padding and a glass rear window, helping contribute to a quiet cabin while maintaining a premium appearance.
Other subtle changes announced by the automaker today include the relocation of the air intakes from the rear quarter panels on the coupe to the underbody. As mentioned before, the use of an all-new aluminum frame structure on the Corvette Stingray has allowed the American automaker to forego any structural reinforcements for the convertible model. The tonneau cover for the convertible was also constructed from lightweight Sheet Molded Compound, that’s also found on the Stingray’s fenders, doors, and rear quarter panels.
Most importantly however, Chevrolet firmly stated that the coupe and the convertible feel almost identical behind the wheel, thanks to sharing a common chassis tuning, power-to-weight ratios, and structural rigidity.
Now all Americans have to do is wait for Chevy to start cranking out production for its Corvette Stingray.
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