In times gone by, convertible variants of sports cars and supercars were often viewed as inferior to their fixed-top siblings due to the loss in chassis rigidity and the added heft they had to carry around. However, things have changed in recent years and the C8 Corvette Convertible is proof of that.
The C8 Corvette Stingray Coupe has been the one that’s generated the most amount of interest over the past 18 months, but as this review reveals, the Convertible may actually be even better.
When developing the mid-engined Corvette, Chevrolet knew from the very outset that it would sell the car in both coupe and convertible guises. As such, they engineered the vehicle’s platform to be strong enough to support the lack of a fixed roof without having to add heaps of structural reinforcements like many other convertibles. The end result is a car that weighs just 80 lbs (36 kg) more than the hardtop.
That’s not the only thing the Corvette Convertible has going for it. Whereas all of its competitors lack any kind of luggage space behind the cockpit, the ‘Vette retains the same trunk as the coupe.
The reviewers are full of praise for the car, complementing everything from its pricing to its handling and straight line performance. They add that the Corvette Convertible can be driven year-round and say that none of its competitors can match its exotic feel.