One of the reasons that buyers choose the 2020 Corvette Coupe over the Hardtop Convertible is that proud owners want to show off the car’s LT2 V8 engine under the glass hatch. After talking with buyers for the last year, we know that it’s considered one of the trade-offs of the 2020 Convertible model in that engine is hidden as the convertible top mechanism folds over the top of the engine, separated and protected by a panel that completely covers the engine compartment.
So of course, the question among Corvette enthusiasts since the reveal of the 2020 Convertible last October has been, what’s under the panel?
CorvetteBlogger contributor Jeremy Welborn and his father ordered a 2020 Corvette Hardtop Convertible and Jeremy just picked it up Tuesday from national Corvette seller Mike Furman. Spending the night with a friend before traveling to Bowling Green the next day, Jeremy went to work on revealing the HTC’s engine bay by removing the 18 Torx screws that keep the panel locked down tight.
The protective panel itself appears to be very lightweight judging by how it moves as Jeremy lifts up the edge. On the bottom of the panel is a heat shield that keeps the heat from the engine compartment damaging the roof when its folded in the down position
Once that protective panel is removed, we get our first look at the LT2 inside the Corvette Convertible. There is no beauty cover on the engine like you’ll find on the Coupe, and there is a coolant reservoir that’s mounted on the back.
Pretty cool seeing the Corvette Convertible’s engine bay opened up like that and we appreciate Jeremy taking the time to unfasten and then refasten the 18 bolts that keep the protective panel in place.
Photos and Video by Jeremy Welborn
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