Don’t plan to have the top off during weekend trips unless you pack lightly

The Corvette has had a removable hardtop for decades, so it only makes sense that the mid-engined C8 Corvette would carry on that tradition, even if a full-on convertible is also available. On the coupe model, the roof lifts off and can be stored in the rear cargo space – a nice solution that prevents you from having to leave it at home, but with cargo room on sports cars at a premium, and even more so on mid-engined cars, it leaves on to wonder just how much cargo room the C8’s hardtop takes up.

Can You Still Carry a Golf Bag In the C8 Corvette With the Top Stored?

When Chevy introduced the C8 Corvette, it told us there was about 13 cubic-feet of cargo room divided between the front and rear cargo areas., but that only holds true when the roof is in place.

If you remove the roof and store it in the rear cargo area (as you probably will all summer), those 13 cubic-feet of cargo room disappear quickly.

Now, that’s not to say that the rear cargo area becomes useless, as Chevy actually has a decent solution that includes latches to hold the roof in place, but don’t expect to fit a golf bag in there anymore.

The C8 Corvette's Hardtop Isn't Exactly Easy on Rear Cargo Room
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In the video you see above, made by Cars and Crosbie, we get to see just what fits in the rear cargo area with the roof stored away. As you’ll learn, the way the roof mounts actually allows for some storage below the roof – enough for a couple of backpacks or maybe a few grocery bags and smaller miscellaneous items – but nothing more than that. A golf bag, for example, is completely out of the question.

Of course, the front storage area is unaffected, but if you’re going to have the roof off during your weekend trip, you better pan on packing light because you’re not taking much with you.
The C8 Corvette's Hardtop Isn't Exactly Easy on Rear Cargo Room
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On that note, there’s a little more to take away from this video. The presenters discuss some things that separate the C8 from the C7, outside of the obvious, of course. The interior of the C8 is inherently quieter, mainly because of the decrease in cabin space. With less room for air to fly around and sound to reverberate, the cabin noise is noticeably decreased. They also explained that the C8’s removable roof is smaller, so less air gets into the cabin while the windshield is also raked differently. For now, we’re just curious to see what changes with the convertible version, as there is, generally, a drop in cargo room for drop-top models, which means the C8 Corvette Convertible might not be any more practical than the Coupe with the roof stored in the rear.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray interior dimensions
Headroom (in. / mm): 37.9 / 962
Legroom (in. / mm): 42.8 / 1086
Shoulder Room       (in. / mm): 54.4 / 1381
Hip Room (in. / mm): 52.0 / 1321
Robert Moore
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Robert has been an auto enthusiast his entire life. He started working cars at a young age, learning the basics from his father in the home garage on the weekends. As time went on, Robert became more and more interested in cars and convinced his father to teach him how to drive when he was just 13 years old. Robert continued working on cars in his free time and learned as much as he could about engines, transmissions, and car electrical systems, something that only fed his curiosity more and eventually led him to earn a bachelors degree in automotive technology with a primary focus on engine performance and transmission rebuilding.  Read More
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