Less than two months after the 2014 Corvette Stingray coupe was revealed at the Detroit Auto Show, the C7 convertible made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show. “While the name is synonymous with Americana, the new Corvette is distinctively international in its design, technology and driving experience,” said Susan Docherty, President and Managing Director of Chevrolet and Cadillac Europe in Geneva. “That’s why it’s fitting that we introduce the convertible right here on this stage.”
General Motors hopes for big increases in Corvette sales abroad, and isn’t waiting around to get started. The 2014 Stingray convertible and coupe will be available globally beginning in late 2013, with markets including Europe, the UK, the Middle East, Japan and Russia. It was designed in such a way that regional changes required are limited to such things a headlights and side mirrors. The car will continue to be available in left-hand-drive configuration only; Chevrolet has never built a series-production right-hand-drive Corvette.
In the United States and Canada, Stingray convertible sales will also begin around the November time frame, roughly three months after the coupes start arriving at dealerships. Prices have yet to be announced, but expect a sticker that is a little north of the current model, which retails for $54,600.
As with its C5 and C6 predecessors, the C7’s frame did not need to be re-engineered for droptop duty, as was the case with the fourth-generation Corvette. “From the very beginning, the car was designed as an open-top vehicle,” says Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter. “The coupe’s roof is removable, too, so we optimized everything for open-top driving.”
Structurally, the differences between Stingray coupe and convertible are minor, and limited to making space for the folding soft top and repositioning the seatbelt mounts. No extra bracing was required to maintain the new aluminum frame’s incredible stiffness—it’s 57-percent more torsionally rigid than the C6’s steel frame, and 99 pounds lighter—which means the convertible’s curb weight will be only slightly higher and its performance hardly diminished compared to the coupe.