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Geneva Motor Show 2013: Corvette Stingray Convertible

Drop top version of the new 'Vette...

Chevrolet chose the Geneva Motor Show to launch the new Corvette Stingray Convertible last week and while it didn’t really bring any surprises, it’s certainly an exciting new model.

Following on from the Stingray coupe launched at the Detroit Motor Show in January, the convertible makes the move to a roofless sports car very well, with a new rear bootlid that curves downwards from the sharp hips and has a couple of humps behind the seats to aid airflow and styling. It’s certainly one of the more successful convertible applications we’ve seen, with the controversial rear end somehow suiting this model better.

Under the long bonnet is the same 6.2 litre V8 as the coupe, producing 450 bhp and 450 lb/ft of torque - enough for 0 – 62 mph in less than 4 seconds and a top speed of around 185 mph. Don't forget that this is only the base engine too - expect much more (550 bhp+) from the Z06 model.

The fully electric soft top roof can be raised or lowered at up to 30 mph and can be operated from the key fob.

Both models go on sale in the US shortly, with European sales later this summer.

Images courtesy of Chevrolet

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more