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    The Debut of the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible

    The Debut of the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible

    We were officially introduced to the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible last week and it wowed us all! 

    The history of the Chevrolet Corvette Convertible goes all the way back to 1953, the first year of the Corvette. For many years the convertible was the only option, without a coupe in sight. From ’53 through ’62, almost ten years, the coupe didn’t exist. In 1963, Chevy debuted the Stingray split window, ending the convertible-only era. By 1975, attitudes surrounding drop-tops began to change. Chevrolet did away with the convertible from 1976 through 1982, the duration of the third generation of the car. It was speculated that the convertible would never make a reappearance as the years passed by. However, in 1986 Chevrolet had a change of heart and introduced an open-air version of the fourth generation Corvette. From there on out, it’s been coupe and convertible every year since.

    Historically, Chevrolet has taken its time debuting a convertible version after debuting the latest coupe. However, with the C8, we got to meet the 2020 Corvette Convertible just three months after the initial debut of the Next Generation Corvette Coupe.

    The latest convertible will be released early next year, starting at a base price of $66,400. It will feature a new component: a folding hardtop. The top will retract electrically in just 16 seconds at speeds up to 30mph. 

    Production is currently held up due to the UAW strike against General Motors, now in its third week. All GM assembly plants are currently shut down, including the plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky. We’re all hoping that the labor dispute ends soon, so the Next Generation Corvette is released on schedule. Corvette is still reporting that the Corvette coupe will be in showrooms late in 2019, with the convertible following in spring of 2020.

     

    GM To Debut The 2020 Mid-Engine Corvette Convertible in October

    GM To Debut The 2020 Mid-Engine Corvette Convertible in October

    Just when the dust has settled from the unveiling of the 2020 mid-engine Corvette, GM has us back on the edges of our seats. On October 2nd Chevrolet will debut the first ever mid-engine Corvette Convertible. Although we’ve already been teased with images of the convertible back in July, we’ve never received a full introduction to the new super-car. The reveal will take place at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Merritt Island, Florida.

     

     

    Chevy made their official announcement via Twitter on Tuesday morning, showing an illustration of a coupe that turns into a convertible. If you look close enough, you’ll notice the transition from coupe to convertible makes the body slightly longer, while changing out the sloped rear window for rear-mounted ribs. The convertible also appears to have a sleek flying-buttress design behind the roll over structure and on the lid that covers the top stowage area. Rumor has it, there will be a power-retractable hard-top which would be a first for Corvette.

    We estimate that the convertible will add on an extra $5,000. Stay tuned for the latest Corvette debut on October 2nd. Be sure to check out our growing selection of Next Generation Corvette Gear!

    Just Announced: The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Pricing Guide Revealed

    Just Announced: The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Pricing Guide Revealed

    When the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette debuted in Orange County, California, GM President, Mark Reuss, announced the pricing would start "under $60,000". This morning we learned that it really does start below $60,000 with a base price of $59,995.

    Chevy released a full pricing guide Thursday morning, and here's what we've learned.

    With the 1LT model starting at $59,995, the mid-engine sports car comes in just $3,000 above its front-engine predecessor. 

    The 2020 Corvette has three trim packages with increasing levels of equipment. Chevy states, "1LT is the car for driving purists who want the lightest Stingray possible, but one that's still very well equipped." It comes with a Bose premium 10-speaker system, standard 8-way power GT1 seats, driver mode selector, and all-season performance tires. It also comes in 8 standard exterior colors, with the option to upgrade to 4 additional colors. For a full list of 1LT options, visit https://www.chevrolet.com/upcoming-vehicles/2020-corvette/1lt-pricing

    Next up, the 2LT, starting at $67,295. Chevy states, "2LT adds a number of comfort and convenience features in addition to color-matched interior options." The 2LT comes with everything the 1LT does, plus additional interior options, Bose Performance Series 14-speaker audio system, heated/vented seats and a heated steering wheel, the option for GT2 seats in Napa leather, as well as head-up display and PDR. 

    Finally, the 3LT model "is the utmost in luxury performance, with a leather-wrapped interior," according to Chevy. It comes with everything the 2LT comes with, plus 13 interior color options, a custom leather-wrapped instrument panel and door, suede microfiber upper interior trim, and standard GT2 seats in Napa leather. The 3LT starts at $71,945.

    You can now pre-order your 2020 Corvette and the options seem nearly endless. Assembly kicks off later this year in Bowling Green, Kentucky. To shop 2020 gear, visit https://www.corvettestoreonline.com/collections/next-generation.

    2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Color Options

    2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Color Options

    With 12 exterior color choices and over half a dozen interior color options, one of the biggest questions you may be asking yourself is, "What color will my 2020 Stingray be?" We're here to give you the lowdown on all of your color options. 

    Exterior Color Options

    With several varying shades of gray, we're glad to see some brighter options thrown in the mix too. From a vibrant yellow to a classic red, check out the exterior color options below

    Long Beach Red Metallic Tintcoat
    Torch Red
    Sebring Orange Tintcoat
    Accelerate Yellow
    Black
    Shadow Gray Metallic
    Zeus Bronze Metallic
    Blade Silver Metallic
    Ceramic Matrix Gray Metallic
    Arctic White
    Rapid Blue
    Elkhart Lake Blue Metallic

    Interior Color Options

    There are six interior color options for the 2020 Corvette Stingray with a few variations. The Natural color option has two versions: one that is all Natural everything, the other that is a two-toned version mixed with black. Another variation to be aware of is the option to get different stitching in the Jet Black version. So, technically, you have 9 interior options. Below are the available choices for the 2020 Stingray.

     Jet Black
    Jet Black with Yellow Stitching
    Jet Black with Red Stitching
    Sky Cool Gray
    Adrenaline Red
    Morello Red
    Natural
    Natural Dipped
    Two Tone Blue

    Of course there's more fun to be had. From custom interior combinations to six seatbelt color options (black, blue, tan, yellow, red, and orange) to four wheel options (Bright Silver Open Spoke, Carbon Flash Open Spoke, Spectra Gray Machined Trident Spoke, and Ultra Bright Trident Spoke) the choices really seem endless.

    To dive in to all of the 2020 Corvette Stingray options, visit 

    https://visualizer.chevrolet.com/ui?carline=corvette&modelyear=2020&brand=chevrolet&language=en&country=US&channel=b2c

    The 2020 Mid-Engine Corvette

    The Next Generation Corvette is finally here! However, GM reports that now it's almost gone, with the 2020 allocation being nearly sold out. 

    "I think the orders have already hit the first year of production numbers," said Michael Simcoe, GM design chief. "It’s nearly sold out. It’s so close that it’s bound to be sold out soon."

    Curious about the specs of the 2020 'Vette? Of course you are! Read on for a recap of the brand new mid-engine Corvette.

    The Mid-Engine Corvette made its official debut on July 18th, 2019 in Orange County, California. The debut highlighted the history of the Corvette with a nod toward the future with a completely redesigned 'Vette. In case you missed it, you can watch the debut below.

    Now for the specs. The mid-engine Stingray is the fastest and most powerful entry-level Corvette ever released. It's also the first without a manual transmission. Chevy announced it will do 0-60 in less than 3 seconds with the Z51 Performance Package, keeping it in the running with the earliest Bugatti Veyron-- clear evidence of the potential of the mid-engine placement.

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    Much of the acceleration capacity can be accredited to the transmission. The Next Generation Corvette is the first 'Vette to offer a dual-clutch automatic, an eight-speed unit designed by Tremec. With this being the only transmission option available, it's the first time in history you won't be able to get a manual transmission in a new Corvette. However, the dual-clutch allows for a very low first gear and close ratios between gears two through six. 

    For all of the details on the 2020 Corvette, read on.

    ENGINE

    Type: LT2 6.2L V8 VVT with direct injection and Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation)

    Bore & stroke (in / mm): 4.06 x 3.62 / 103.25 x 92

    Block Material: A319-T7 cast aluminum with cast-in iron cylinder liners and nodular main bearing caps

    Oiling System: Dry sump-type (7.5-qt. capacity); includes oil-spray piston cooling

    Oil Type: Dexos 2 0W40 synthetic

    Cylinder Head Material: 319-T7 cast aluminum

    Combustion Chamber volume: 59cc

    Compression Ratio: 11.5:1

    Valvetrain: Overhead valve, two valves per cylinder; dual-equal variable valve timing.

    Valve Size (in / mm): 2.13 / 54 hollow (intake) & 1.59 / 40.4 sodium filled (exhaust)

    Fuel Delivery: Direct injection with Active Fuel Management: Max pressure: 2,175 psi (15 Mpa / 150 bar)

    Firing Order: 1-8-7-2-6-5-4-3 (all cylinders); 1-7-6-4 (with deactivation)

    Throttle body: 87mm single bore (electronic)

    ECU: GM E99 (32-bit processing)

    Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm): 495 / 369 @ 6450 rpm (with performance exhaust)

    Torque (lb.-ft./ Nm @ rpm): 470 / 637 @ 5150 rpm (with performance exhaust)

    TRANSMISSION & AXLE

    Type: M1L 8-speed dual clutch (DCT)

    CHASSIS & SUSPENSION

    Front Suspension: Short/long arm (SLA) double wishbone, forged aluminum upper and cast aluminum L-shape lower control arms; monotube shock absorbers (46mm /); Magnetic Selective Ride Control 4.0 available on Z51. Adjustable front lift with memory is available.

    Rear Suspension: Short/long arm (SLA) double wishbone, forged aluminum upper and cast aluminum L-shape lower control arms; direct-acting stabilizer bar; monotube shock absorbers (46mm); Magnetic Selective Ride Control 4.0 available with Z51

    Steering Type: Bosch/ZF variable-ratio rack-and-pinion with electric power assist; includes Active Steer Stops with available Magnetic Ride Control 4.0

    Steering ratio: 15.7:1

    Turning Circle: 11.6 m (std.); 11.1 m (with FE4 Magnetic Ride Control)

    Brake Type: Front and rear E-boost-assisted discs with Brembo four-piston/two-piece front calipers and four-piston/monobloc rear calipers. With Z51: Front and rear E-boost-assisted discs with Brembo four-piston monobloc caliper at front and rear

    Brake Rotor Size (in / mm):

    Front: 12.6 x 1.18 (321 x 30)

    Front: 13.3 x 1.18 (345 x 30) – with Z51

    Rear: 13.6 x 1.02 (339 x 26)

    Rear: 13.8 x 1.06 (350 x 27) – with Z51

    Wheel Size:

    Front: 19-inch x 8.5-inch (w/5 x 120mm bolt pattern)

    Rear: 20-inch x 11-inch (w/5 x 120mm bolt pattern)

    Tire Type and Size:

    Stingray: Michelin Pilot Sport ALS

    Stingray with Z51: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S

    Front: 245/35ZR19

    Rear: 305/30ZR20

    EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS

    Wheelbase (in. / mm): 107.2 / 2722

    Overall Length (in. / mm): 182.3/ 4630

    Overall Width (in. / mm): 76.1 / 1934

    Overall Height (in. / mm): 48.6 / 1234

    Track (in. mm): (front) 64.9 / 1648 (rear) 62.4 / 1586

    INTERIOR DIMENSIONS

    Headroom (in. / mm): 37.9 / 962

    Legroom (in. / mm): 42.8 / 1086

    Shoulder Room (in. / mm): 54.4 / 1381

    Hip Room (in. / mm): 52.0 / 1321

    WEIGHT & CAPACITIES

    Dry Weight (lb. / kg): 3366 / 1530

    Cargo Volume (cu. ft. / L): 12.6 / 356.8

    *Specs provided by Chevrolet and Road and Track

    With a starting price of less than $60,000, it's no wonder the new Corvette is almost sold out. There's no other car like it at that price point. It's a good thing the Bowling Green Assembly Plant added on a second shift, because clearly they're going to need it. We're excited to be part of this monumental moment in Corvette history! For all of your Next Generation Corvette gear, shop CorvetteStoreOnline.