New 2014 Corvette Convertible revealed

Trevor Hofmann - CAP staff
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Less than two months after Chevrolet broke cover on its new C7 Corvette Stingray coupe at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, two official photos of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible have been revealed, one with the top down and the other with the roof upright.

These images arrive just ahead of the new drop top's official unveiling at this coming week's Geneva auto show, while the location of the reveal is a very clear sign of the Chevy's intention to build the bowtie brand and the iconic flagship sports car globally.

As for details about this particular car, they're scarce. Reportedly this show model sports the optional Z51 Performance Package, although it's difficult to substantiate the claim as that trim level's unique rear end treatment can't be seen from this front-quarter view.

Notable changes from coupe to convertible include vents for cooling the engine, transmission and differential, which have been moved beneath the car due to the power folding hard tonneau cover.

The new convertible looks slightly more conservative in its green grey colour scheme too, while the five-spoke alloy wheels on this show car are different than the split five-spokes shown in Detroit. According to reports, these thinner, classier wheels will be available with the Corvette coupe as well.

As we learned in January, the new C7 Corvette is 99-percent new. According to GM, only the rear trunk latch is carryover, with all other components made to be lighter and faster with performance in mind.

While we don't have performance specs on the convertible yet, the coupe is capable of naught to 100 km/h in only four seconds thanks to a new "LT1" 6.2-litre V8 that produces 450 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque, as well as ultra-light components like an all-aluminum space frame, carbon fibre hood, trunk and roof, fibre-glass doors, fenders and side sills, and more. Of course, handling is improved to, with Chevy's claim of 1 G-plus lateral acceleration intact. Again, figures for the convertible haven't been disclosed.

We can expect more details when the new C7 Corvette Convertible has had its sheet pulled off in Geneva this week, and yet more when it becomes available across Canada later this year.
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Topics: Roadster, Chevrolet, 2014, Corvette Stingray Convertible,

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