During the reveal of the 2020 Corvette Stingray Convertible, the Blade Siver Corvette on display was started and the operation of the hardtop convertible was demonstrated, first by raising the top and then lowering it back again.
Chevrolet says the top cycles through its operation in 16 seconds but we timed it several times at right around 13 seconds. It might be the additional time for the windows to index as we observed.
As the top folds down for storage, there’s a storage area separated from the engine by a removable panel that’s secured with 16 fasteners according to the GM engineer we spoke with at the reveal. The compact area that houses the engine actually makes it easier to evacuate the hot air which is expelled through the rear fascia vents.
One of the concerns of the mid-engine Corvette is the ability to service the LT2 engine. We are told that you can check the oil, and add oil without having to remove that convertible top engine cover. That’s one thing we definitely want to check out the next time we are around the convertible model.
Speaking of which, CorvetteBlogger contributor Jeremy Welborn offered these photos from the Chevrolet promo video and we can actually glimpse inside that top storage area as the tonneau is raised.
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