Corvette Convertible

5 Mar, 2013 4:27pm Jack Rix

The 444bhp Chevrolet Corvette Convertible has made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show

Chevrolet has revealed the all-new Corvette Stingray Convertible at the Geneva Motor Show.

It joins the Stingray coupe in the range, and the maker says the two cars were designed and developed at the same time. As a result, the drop-top has no extra chassis strengthening, and isn’t much heavier than the coupe.

It’s powered by the same 6.2-litre V8, producing 444bhp and 610Nm, and is likely to offer near-identical performance – with 0-62mph in 3.9 seconds and a top speed of around 190mph.

The Stingray Convertible will feature a seven-speed manual gearbox as standard, although a six-speed automatic with shift paddles will be available as an option.

The folding roof is a three-layered fabric soft-top, which is completely electric and can be opened or closed at speeds of up to 30mph. It can also be operated using the key fob.

Whether the soft-top – or the coupe – will be sold here in right-hand drive remains to be seen, but it looks promising.

General Motors vice president of global design, Ed Welburn, said: “The convertible has been a part of the heart and soul of Corvette since the very beginning in 1953. With the all-new Corvette Stingray, we designed and developed the coupe and convertible simultaneously.

“As a result, the new Corvette Stingray offers an open-top driving experience with no compromise in performance, technology and design.”