When it comes to a seventh-generation sports car that has endured 60 years, it’s amusing to note the headlines about every aspect of the vehicle has comes fast and furious. From the new high-tech LT1 engine to the vehicle’s inclusion in the Gran Turismo 5 as a download (first as a camouflaged prototype and later as the fully revealed Corvette Stingray hardtop), the C7 version Corvette’s buzz-worthiness bodes well for sports car enthusiasm. For the upcoming 2013 Geneva Motor Show, General Motors and Chevrolet has held back an eagerly awaited version of the 2014 Corvette Stingray for a heavily international audience.
Shedding its permanent roof for the first time in public set ahead of springtime in the northern hemisphere, the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray debuts its convertible less than two months and roughly 4,200 miles away from the January revealing of the hardtop model in Detroit. Not nearly as secretive about the design as before the 2013 North American International Auto Show, General Motors released the first official images of the Corvette Stingray convertible. A brave roadster, soft-top Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible invites the climate of warmer summer days. Along with widely acclaimed styling, we can expect the 450-horsepower, 6.2 liter V-8 engine will power the all-new Corvette Stingray convertible. Other than the roof, it’s safe to predict the typical structural enhancements found when crafting a convertible will be exercised on the convertible variant of Chevrolet‘s latest sports car. Therefore, performance of the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible should not deviate greatly from the hardtop.
The significance of an open-top 2014 Chevrolet Corvette could be easily underestimated. From 1953 until the introduction of the 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray, a convertible roadster was the only configuration available of the American sports car. While the hardtop version is the motorsport and performance poster boy, Corvette convertibles dignifies the sports car as a premium driving experience. The premiere of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette convertible in Geneva is clearly a tactical strike for sports car world supremacy. Chevrolet calls attention to a fact there are Corvette owner and enthusiast clubs in over 100 countries as a reason to validate displaying the seventh-generation sports car convertible in Switzerland. With high-performance specialists Ferrari, McLaren and Lamborghini using the giant Geneva Motor Show as the venue to display their newest creations that maximizes motoring greatness. Why shouldn’t the new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray (especially the convertible) be included in such elite company?
When officially unveiled to the public on March 5th in Geneva, we will be looking forward to hearing deeper details into the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible including the release date.