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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible Officially Drops its Top

3/6/2013
Introducing a new 2-seat convertible in Switzerland during the winter may seem untimely, but once Chevrolet explains that the 2014 Corvette Stingray is a global icon that will be sold all around the world, debuting the new Corvette Stingray Convertible at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show is a logical move for General Motors.

"It's fitting to introduce the new Stingray convertible on the global stage at Geneva, because Corvette is the face of Chevrolet the world over," said Susan Docherty, president and managing director of Chevrolet and Cadillac Europe. "It is an icon that has long been recognized and admired even in countries where it's never officially been offered."

In the past, Corvette convertibles have required significant structural modifications to compensate for the lack of a roof and provide the rigidity expected of a world-class sports car. That is not the case with the new 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible. The only structural changes Chevrolet employs are related to the folding roof and a need to reposition the seat belt mounting points.

"With the all-new Corvette Stingray, we designed and developed the coupe and convertible simultaneously," said Ed Welburn, GM vice president of global design. "As a result, the Corvette Stingray offers an open-top driving experience with no compromise in performance, technology, or design."

In place of the Corvette Stingray's removable carbon fiber roof panel, the Corvette Stingray Convertible is equipped with a 3-ply fabric top with a glass rear window and sound-deadening insulation. To open the fully automatic top that tucks itself beneath a power tonneau cover, the driver pushes a switch to the left of the steering wheel, or it can be dropped remotely using the key fob. As before, the Corvette Stingray Convertible features a body-color waterfall center console design element that spills down between the front seats.

Styling of the convertible mirrors that of the Corvette Stingray Coupe, and the new wheels displayed on the model shown in Geneva will be offered on both the convertible and the coupe. A Z51 Performance package (electronic limited-slip differential, dry-sump oiling system, and integral brake, differential, and transmission cooling systems) will be offered for the Corvette Stingray Convertible, but this model will not have the exposed rear air ducts found on the coupe, because they have been moved underneath the car to accommodate the folding top.

Otherwise, Chevrolet says its new Corvette Stingray models are the same. Both have a direct-injection, 6.2-liter LT1 V-8 engine generating 450 horsepower and 450 lb.-ft. of torque, paired with a 7-speed manual gearbox with Active Rev Matching or a 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The vehicle's aluminum frame is lighter and stronger than before, and a carbon fiber hood is standard. A new 5-position Drive Mode Selector system allows the driver to tailor specific vehicle attributes to personalize the driving experience.

Highlights of the 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray's interior include available genuine aluminum and carbon fiber trim, extended premium leather option, dual-screen infotainment system with 8-inch display screens, choice between comfort and sport seat designs, among others.

The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible goes on sale in the fall of 2013.

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