2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Gone in 30 Seconds
January 9, 2014
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