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.”