Earlier this month, Chevrolet confirmed that the eight-generation drop-top Corvette would be unveiled on October 2, 2019. The new model will be put on display for public viewing at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Merritt Island, Florida. To feast their eyes on Chevrolet’s latest masterpiece, patrons will have to purchase a ticket for $57 ($47 if they’re under 12).
The hardtop version made its debut in July, with manufacturing expected to start in December. However, as the United Auto Workers (UAW) strike is ongoing, deliveries may experience delays. Over 45,000 workers are still on strike with no end in sight, as union leaders endeavor to make a deal with GM executives. Rumor has it that production of the C8 Corvette Convertible may begin as early as February 10, perhaps keeping this strike in mind. This hasn’t been verified by anyone at GM, so it remains to be seen whether this is true.
As the automotive industry experiences a drop in the use & popularity of manual transmission , it is assumed that C8 will not have any units with manual gearboxes. In the previous generation, only 15% of the units were manual types.
Based on the preview released, it features a folding Targa top. When the roof is on, it still looks like the coupe, but if one wants, they can remove the roof and enjoy a breezy drive. It will be fitted with an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission, which will accelerate 0-100km/h in under three seconds. It is suspected that the convertible will be fitted with the same engine as its coupe counterpart – a standard 6.2-liter V8, generating 490 horsepower.
Either way, fans eagerly await the formal unveiling of C8 Corvette Convertible.