2013 Geneva Auto Show: 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible | Edmunds

2013 Geneva Auto Show: 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible

2013 Geneva Auto Show

What Is It?
2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible

What's Special About It?
Designed at the same time as the all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray Coupe, the Stingray convertible makes a strikingly distinct and wholly separate (we gamble that some will argue "cleaner") styling statement. Even so, it utilizes the same 6.2-liter pushrod V8 coupled to either a seven-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Underneath, this is the same Corvette.

The convertible's fabric soft top means the glass quarter windows (one of the most significant fresh styling cues for the coupe version of the new-generation Stingray) are gone. The other most readily noticeable change from the 2014 Stingray coupe is that the convertible lacks the air intakes atop the rear-quarter panels for the transmission cooler. We think this one point goes a long way toward reducing surface fussiness that some have called out as a distraction from the Stingray coupe's basic shape. Another distinction is the "nacelles" behind each headrest that are visible when the top is down.

The 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible joins the coupe to make "two wonderfully expressive Corvette statements," Tom Peters, design director for Chevrolet performance cars, told Edmunds prior to the Geneva show.

No additional structural buttressing (the 2014 Corvette Stingray's new aluminum frame is 57 percent more torsionally stiff) means the convertible gains virtually no performance-sapping weight, while the low-profile, fully electronic top can be dropped or raised via the key fob. When we spoke with Chevy prior to the Geneva show, engineers had yet to commit to an official time required to raise or retract the top, but either can be done at up to 30 mph.

Chevy worked closely with suppliers on reducing the profile and visual weight of the fabric top, say designers. The cooperation was to good effect: The structural bows for the top are nearly imperceptible, lending a nearly flat appearance. The top has gone from five layers of stuff to just three, but that's not a downgrade. There's a new "mattress" pad stuffed in the three-ply top that not only better isolates sound but also helped to camouflage the structural bows. The rear window is glass.

Refusing to be pinned down on the exact weight difference between the 2014 Corvette Stingray coupe and convertible, Chevy told us there will be a slight increase for the drop top. The Chevy brain trust is quick to say, though, that weight gain will be minimal and is not due to any structural changes, attributing the inevitable increase solely to the top and its hardware. The company is equally insistent that the Stingray convertible's added weight will not affect the new Stingray's 50/50 front/rear weight distribution or make for any meaningful reduction in power-to-weight ratio.

What Edmunds Says: Which variant of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, coupe or the convertible, will be the one to have when the seventh-gen 'Vette goes on sale late this year? The argument starts now.

Read our feature story on the 2014 Corvette Convertible here.

Base Price: TBA
Engine: 6.2-liter OHV V8
Gearbox: Seven-speed manual, six-speed automatic
Power: 450 horsepower (est.), 450 pound-feet of torque (est.)
Fuel Mileage: TBA
Dimensions: Wheelbase: 106.7 inches
Length: 177 inches
Width: 73.9 inches
Height: 48.6 inches (coupe/convertible)
Curb weight: TBA

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