2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Long-Term Road Test


2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Gone in 30 Seconds

January 9, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

I love convertibles. The last four cars I've owned were all drop-tops, and yes, I lump targa tops in with true convertibles. The roof panel on our Stingray is one that I am particularly fond of.

Out of curiosity, I timed myself when removing and stowing the top and it took a mere 29 seconds. Unfastening two clips at the top of the windshield and one center latch at the rear is all it took to start the process. As another editor noted, the whole panel fits smartly in the trunk on clips that keep it secure in the trunk.

According to Josh's first drive of the convertible, it takes 20 seconds to drop the top. To me, that's a virtual dead heat. Sure, you can operate the top at speeds up to 20 mph, but you're sacrificing some maximum cargo space, too. The coupe can hold 15 cubic feet of stuff while the convertible drops to 10. Then there's the $5,000 premium for the convertible.

Personally, I'd prefer the coupe. Not just for the aforementioned reasons, but I also like the styling a little bit better with the sloping rear hatch.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 7,303 miles

Comments

  • greenpony greenpony Posts:

    I've always preferred coupes to convertibles, but convertibles have limited versatility around here where "good" weather is from April to May, and September to October.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    The coupe will also be welcome at far more track day events.

  • cjasis cjasis Posts:

    Unless you're going to track the car, I take the proper convertible here in S. CA.

  • Is the buffeting as bad in the convertible as it is in the coupe? i think it was in one of Travis' posts where he said you could not have a conversation over 60mph.

  • typesh typesh Posts:

    I'm with Mark. I wish more sports cars and coupes came as a targa. I think manufacturers by and large realized that the engineering work for a targa was about the same as for a convertible, but since they can charge more for a convertible, they'd rather offer just a coupe and a convertible. Shame though, because while the targa is the worst of both worlds for some OEMs (cost more to make than a coupe, can't charge as much as a convertible), it's best of both worlds to many of us.

  • kevm14 kevm14 Posts:

    Continuing a happy trend that goes back at least as car as the C5 (1997), the convertible is barely heavier than the coupe, because the chassis is already stiff enough.

  • stiney stiney Posts:

    This new Stingray is really an excellent car. Plus, I love Targas (and traditional convertibles). I have had a FIAT X1/9 and two Honda del Sol's and two MX5 Miatas. Presently, I have a FIAT 500c (not a Targa and not really a convertible but it is a charming open air car.

  • tarajoy1 tarajoy1 Posts:

    does anyone know how heavy the targa top is??? and can a "girl" do it by herself?

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