The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible is set to officially debut at the Geneva Motor Show. The coupe was seen at the recently held Detroit Auto Show. Chevrolet representatives have confirmed online reports that suggested that the topless Corvette will debut at the Geneva show in March. It didn’t come as any surprise that Chevrolet will offer a convertible version of its seventh-generation Corvette.
The timing is also predictable. In 2004, Chevrolet launched the sixth-generation Corvette. The coupe was first presented in January at the Detroit auto show while the convertible came out a few months later at the Geneva. A camouflaged Corvette convertible had been spied earlier. No other details about the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette convertible were divulged by the officials.
But it’s likely to be similar to the renderings leaked online. Most probably, it will be powered by the same 450-hp, 6.2-liter LT1 V-8 engine, with a choice between a seven-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.
The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette will start production in Bowling Green, Kentucky, this fall. It’s not yet known if the coupe and convertibles will arrive at dealerships simultaneously. It’s likely that the droptop will arrive at showrooms a few months after the hardtop model so it will probably not be in early 2014.
Chevrolet’s Corvette Stingray convertible boasts an all-new electronic top that you can remotely lower using the key fob. You can also open or close the top on the go, at up to 50 km/h speed.
With its top up, this convertible has been designed to deliver a refined driving experience. The thick 3-ply fabric top, together with its sound-absorbing padding as well as a glass rear window, contributes to the Stringray’s premium appearance and its quiet cabin.
Meanwhile, with its top down, the Stingray's signature profile is accentuated even further. Found behind the back of its seats are dual black accent panels that highlight the tonneau cover’s character lines. The Stingray's signature "waterfall" design was derived from the valley lying between the nacelles, thus bringing the color of its exterior into its interior.
Other highlights featured in the all-new Stingray coupe and convertible are:
• An exterior that is sculptured and that has advanced high-intensity discharge and LED lighting as well as racing-proven aerodynamics, which balance performance elements and low drag coefficient for better track capability and improved stability.
• An interior offering genuine aluminum and carbon fiber trim, dual 8” configurable driver and infotainment screens, hand-wrapped leather materials, and a couple of new seat choices that both feature a lightweight magnesium frame to provide utmost support.
• Lightweight materials, such as a carbon fiber hood for all Stingray models as well as a carbon fiber roof panel for the coupes; carbon-nano composite underbody panels; composite fenders, rear quarter, and door panels; and new aluminum frame. All these help shift the weight towards the rear for optimal 50/50 weight balance, which supports an outstanding power-to-weight ratio
• Advanced driver technologies such as the 5-position Drive Mode Selector tailoring 12 vehicle attributes to fit your driving environment and a new 7-speed manual transmission complete with Active Rev Matching, which anticipates gear selections then matches the speed of the engine for perfect shifts all the time.