The droptop variants of Corvettes are nearly as revered as their fixed-roof counterparts, and the convertible version of the C8 Corvette Stingray has just been officially revealed. This time around, there's no fabric roof -- instead, the vehicle features a power retractable hardtop that can be stowed (or opened) in just 16 seconds. As an added bonus, you raise or lower the top at speeds up to 30 mph.
The retractable top comes standard finished body color, but you can also get an optional "Carbon Flash" finish with matching fairings. It's hard to say which looks better -- the coupe or the convertible -- but one thing that is definitely missing on the latter is the glass covering that allows you to see the small block in all its glory.
Everything else about the vehicle is pretty much the same as its coupe counterpart including aforementioned engine, availability of the Z51 Performance Package, the standard 8-speed dual-clutch transmission (the first for a Corvette), and the wild, button-laden interior that features a dramatic increase in materials quality and fit/finish. However, you will pay more for the luxury of having a droptop, as the price of the Corvette Stingray Convertible is $7,500 higher, putting it at $67,495.
In other Corvette news, General Motors is also teasing the C8.R race car, which features swollen fenders back and front, additional aero aides, a huge spoiler on the rear deck and a massive lower diffuser for additional rear downforce. It’s also expected to use a flat-crank, naturally aspirated V8 engine which sounds glorious. And call us crazy, but we'd say that the C8.R is the best looking of the bunch with its menacing appearance.
General Motors will be fielding its Corvette Racing team during the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship which kicks off in January.