Once Chevrolet dropped the new-generation Corvette Stingray, it was just a matter of time before the convertible version would hit the market.
Today was the day it happened, as the new Stingray Convertible made its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
The convertible version is nearly identical to the coupe version, except of course its three-ply fabric top that opens and closes at speeds up to 30 mph. Next to this innovative concept, the convertible version also features sound-absorbing padding and a glass rear window - all features that contribute to a quieter cabin and a more premium appearance.
The new Stingray Convertible will be put on sale in late 2013.
UPDATE 04/26/13: GM has just released nearly all of the pricing details on the Corvette Stingray Convertible, as well as standard features and options. See the details after the jump.
Click past the jump to read all about the 2014 Stingray Convertible
Okay, so we already know that the new Corvette is pretty sick looking – in a good way – to say the least. It’s aggressive, sporty, stunning and sharp all at the same time. Once you hack the lid off of the thing, however, the C6 generation’s influences really stand out. Now that you’re no longer distracted by the sexy new roofline and back end, all that remains is a restyled C6 Corvette – from the front, at least. So, in that aspect, the convertible disappoints us a little.
Flip the car around, so you get a good look at its hind quarters, and you see what makes the C7 Corvette so awesome. Its signature quartet of trumpets spewing exhaust and a wonderful soundtrack, and those refreshed taillights light up our lives. And with the new roofline out of the way, the differences on the rear fascia really get the opportunity to shine through. There really is a big contrast between the changes up front and those on the back.
|Wheelbase|| 106.7 in. |
|Overall length|| 177 in. |
|Overall width|| 73.9 in. |
|Overall height|| 48.6 in. |
|Weight distribution (% front / rear)|| TBD |
Standard Exterior Features
- Carbon-fiber hood
- Fully electronic top with remote opening via the key fob
- Aluminum frame
- Advanced, high-intensity discharge (HID) and light-emitting diode (LED) lighting
Inside the cabin, we expect to see much of the same equipment found in the base model Stingray, which is a good thing. Gone the way of the dinosaurs is the boring old Corvette interior of yesteryear, as GM finally pried a little money from its coffers and pumped it into developing an interior that doesn’t look and feel like a $3 suit – at least this is what Chevy is claiming. We’ll ultimately be the judge of the final interior design, but we expect GM to deliver on its promise.
As for standard features, you can expect things like navigation, a multi-speaker sound system, dual-zone climate control, electroluminescent gauges and other high-end features to all come standard. As an option, you’ll likely see some upgraded leather, two-tone color schemes and contrasting stitching.
Standard Interior Features
- Dual, eight-inch configurable driver/infotainment screens
- Next-generation Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system and rear vision camera
- Bose nine-speaker audio system with SiriusXM Satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity, USB and SD card and auxiliary input jack
- Keyless access
- Push-button start
- Power tilt/telescope steering wheel
- Lightweight magnesium seat frames
- Eight-way power seat adjustment
Engine and Performance
We already know what the Corvette Stingray is rocking under its sexy new hood and that is a 6.2-liter V-8 engine that GM has dubbed the LT1. This LT1 small-block engine is 100-percent brand new, as not even a bolt was reused from the outgoing 6.2-liter unit. This V-8 powerplant is slated to punch out and estimated 450 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque.
This engine will feature the same cylinder deactivation technology that drops it to a fuel sipping 3.1-liter four-cylinder engine when all eight cylinders are not needed. GM claims that this engine, which mates with the seven-speed manual transmission or six-speed automated manual, will exceed the 26 mpg highway rating that the C6 `Vette has. We assume that it won’t exceed it by too much, so we expect something around 27 mpg highway.
GM claims that the 2014 Stingray will hit 60 mph in under four seconds, but is being mighty stingy with the official specifications. Given the fact that the convertible hardware will add some extra weight to the `Vette, we would say that the convertible model should fall in at about the 3.8- to 3.9-second range to 60 mph. That’s a whole lotta toupee-ungluing quickness right there, so strap that baby on tight.
|Displacement|| 6.2-liters |
|Bore & stroke|| 4.06 in. x 3.62 in. |
|Block material|| Cast aluminum |
|Cylinder head material|| Cast aluminum |
|Valvetrain|| Overhead valve, two valves per cylinder |
|Fuel delivery|| Direct injection |
|Compression ratio|| 11.5:1 |
|Horsepower|| 450 (est.) |
|Torque (lb-ft)|| 450 (est.) |
Under the skin, the 2014 Corvette Convertible should remain virtually identical to the coupe version. This means it will feature short- and long-arm double-wishbone setups that allow each wheel to move independent of the other, resulting in superior handling.
From the looks of things, the Z51 package, which adds in some really sweet suspension components, is not going to be available on the convertible model, so you’ll likely have to live with the base setup. The braking system includes a set of Brembo units with rotors measuring 12.6 inches up front and 13.3 inches on the rear. Squeezing these rotors are two sets of four-piston calipers. On the coupe model, this brake setup knocks 11 feet off of the C6’s braking distance, so we assume it will do the same for the convertible version.
Suspension and Brake Specifications
|Front|| Short/long arm ( SLA) double wishbone, cast aluminum upper and lower control arms, transverse-mounted composite spring, monotube shock absorber |
|Rear|| Short/long arm ( SLA) double wishbone, cast aluminum upper and lower control arms, transverse-mounted composite spring, monotube shock absorber |
|Traction control|| StabiliTrak, electronic stability control |
|Brake Type|| Brembo four-piston fixed front and rear calipers |
|Rotor diameter|| Front 12.6 in. / Rear 13.3 in. |
The Stingray Convertible adds a small premium to the Coupes base price. The extra $5k brings the convertible’s base MSRP ti $56,995 including destination charge.
Available options are plentiful for the Stingray Convertible. The 3LT package, which includes a Bose 10-speaker stereo, SiriusXM for one year, HD Radio, color heads-up display, a memory package, navigation, heated and ventilated seats, power lumbar and bolsters, Napa leather seating, a leather-wrapped dashboard, instrument panel, console and door panels, comes in at an $8,005 premium.
If you’re still not satisfied, you can add in: competition sports seats for $2,495; an exposed-carbon-fiber roof for $1,995; Magnetic Ride Control with Performance Traction Management for $1,795; dual-mode exhaust system for $1,195; carbon-fiber interior trim for $995; sueded, microfiber-wrapped upper interior trim for $995; red calipers for $595; and black-painted wheels for $495.
2014 SRT Viper Roadster
There has been no official confirmation of a roadster model for the SRT Viper, but we all pretty much know that there will be one starting in 2014. This beast will boast the same 8.4-liter pavement-pounding V-10 engine as its coupe sibling, which punches out 640 horsepower through a six-speed Tremec transmission.
The SRT Viper coupe hits 60 mph in the low-3-second range, so we anticipate the roadster model doing about the same. This puts the Corvette at a serious acceleration disadvantage, but that’s not all you need to consider with this type of car.
The first thing to consider is that the thirsty V-10 engine in the Viper wasn’t given any advancements to increase its mpg, like the Corvette has been, so the `Vette will likely get much better fuel economy. The biggest difference, in our opinion, is the fact that the Corvette has always been and will likely continue to be a more refined and easy-to-drive sports car than the Viper, making it more tolerable for buyers that prefer comfort over balls-to-the-wall performance. Add in the fact that the SRT Viper Coupe runs $97k and the convertible will likely crest the $100k mark and you have a really strong argument to go with the Stingray.
Sure it’s a pony car instead of a two-seat sports car, but the Shelby GT500 convertible has earned a slot right alongside the Viper and Corvette. With a supercharger-fed, 5.8-liter V-8 monster pumping out 662 horsepower and 631 pound-feet of torque, this beast puts both the Viper and the `Vette to shame – in total output, at least.
For hasn’t officially released the 0-to-60 time, but with a 1-foot rollout, the Shelby `Stang hit 60 mph in 3.8 seconds. From a dead stop, it was slowed to 4.1 seconds. So, it will likely hang with the Corvette, but the Viper would simply eat it alive. Where the Mustang will lose out is in the twisty stuff, as the Corvette is tuned for curves and the Shelby, while competent in corners, isn’t on par with the likes of the Viper or Corvette.
However, at a bargain of $59k, how can you pass on this this `Roided up pony?
At a base price shy of $60k, the Stingray Convertible seems like a pretty stellar deal. To get a model that not only gives you the freedom of a drop top, but also adds in a carbon-fiber hood and 450 horsepower for $56,995 is a steal. We still have to see how it tests out in real life, but it looks great so far.
Likely much cheaper than its higher-end rivals
Every square inch is brand new
Somewhat resembles the C6 Vette with the top chopped off
No performance numbers released
Chevrolet Lifts Lid on 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible
GENEVA – Chevrolet revealed the 2014 Corvette Stingray convertible today at the Geneva Motor Show, featuring an all-new, fully electronic top that can be lowered remotely using the car’s key fob. The top can also be opened or closed on the go, at speeds of up to 30 mph (50 km/h).
“The convertible has been a part of the heart and soul of Corvette since the very beginning in 1953,” said Ed Welburn, GM vice president of global design. “With the all-new Corvette Stingray, we designed and developed the coupe and convertible simultaneously. As a result, the Corvette Stingray offers an open-top driving experience with no compromise in performance, technology or design.”
The Corvette Stingray coupe and convertible arrive in global markets in late 2013, with left-hand-drive models to be offered in Europe, the United Kingdom, the Middle East, Japan and Russia. Changes to Corvettes for export vary only in equipment required to accommodate a respective market’s regulations, such as lighting, headlamp washers and outside mirrors.
“It’s fitting to introduce the new Stingray convertible on the global stage at Geneva, because Corvette is the face of Chevrolet the world over,” said Susan Docherty, president and managing director of Chevrolet and Cadillac Europe. “It is an icon that has long been recognized and admired even in countries where it’s never officially been offered.”
All of the performance technology and capabilities introduced on the Corvette Stingray coupe carry over to the convertible. The only structural changes are limited to accommodations for the folding top and repositioned safety belt mounts. Central to the Corvette Stingray’s driving experience is an all-new, more rigid aluminum frame structure, which is 57-percent stiffer and 99 pounds (45 kg) lighter than the current steel frame.
All models are powered by the new LT1 6.2L V-8, with an estimated 450-hp (335 kW) and 450 lb-ft of torque (610 Nm). As no structural reinforcements are required for the convertible, both models share almost identical power-to-weight ratios.
The LT1 combines several advanced technologies, including direct injection, Active Fuel Management and continuously variable valve timing to support an advanced combustion system designed to balance power and efficiency. The new Corvette Stingray is expected to improve upon the current model’s fuel economy of 13.6L/100km (EPA-estimated highway fuel economy of 26 mpg).
With the top up, the Corvette Stingray convertible is designed for a refined driving experience. A thick, three-ply fabric top, along with sound-absorbing padding and a glass rear window, contributes to a quiet cabin and premium appearance.
With the top down, the Corvette Stingray’s signature profile is further accentuated. Behind the seat backs, dual black accent panels enhance the character lines of the tonneau cover. Corvette Stingray’s signature “waterfall” design originates in the valley between the nacelles, bringing the exterior color into the interior.
Additional highlights of the all-new Corvette Stingray coupe and convertible include:
- A sculpted exterior with advanced high-intensity discharge and light-emitting diode lighting and racing-proven aerodynamics that balance low drag for efficiency and performance elements for improved stability and track capability
- An interior that offers genuine carbon fiber and aluminum trim, hand-wrapped leather materials, dual eight-inch configurable driver/infotainment screens, and two new seat choices – each featuring a lightweight magnesium frame for exceptional support
- Advanced driver technologies, including a five-position Drive Mode Selector that tailors 12 vehicle attributes to fit the driver’s environment and a new seven-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Matching that anticipates gear selections and matches engine speed for perfect shifts every time
- Lightweight materials, including a carbon fiber hood on all models and a carbon fiber removable roof panel on coupes; composite fenders, doors and rear quarter panels; carbon-nano composite underbody panels and a new aluminum frame help shift weight rearward for an optimal 50/50 weight balance that supports a world-class power-to-weight ratio
- Track-capable Z51 Performance Package, including an electronic limited-slip differential; dry-sump oiling system; integral brake, differential and transmission cooling; as well as a unique aero package that further improves high-speed stability.
“We wanted the driving experience of the Corvette to live up to the performance expectations that come with the ‘Stingray’ name,” said 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.”
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