While the new C8 Corvettes are the hottest buy on the market right now, the rarest of these is the 2020 Corvette Stingray Convertible. If there was ever a Corvette you just “have to have,” this is it. It is the most incredible Corvette ever produced. That may be saying a lot, but this one actually lives up to the hype.
This week, a 2020 Corvette Stingray Convertible was listed for sale in Cars-On-Line’s popular Corvette Section online. It is being offered for sale at Fast Lane Classic Cars in St. Charles, Missouri. They tell us it has only 30 miles on it. (Follow this link to review dozens of detailed photos from every angle.) It was just delivered in the last week of October. This one has the 3LT Performance Package, Magnetic Ride Control, 3LT carbon fiber interior trim, Front Axle Lifter w/ Memory, and Bright Red brake calipers. It comes with the Z51 rear spoiler, Z51 brakes, suspension and exhaust and Heads Up display.
Chevrolet originally announced they would produce 20,000 C8 convertibles in the first year of production. But COVID-19 has delayed production. The first C8 convertibles just began rolling off the production lines in August. That makes the convertibles a precious commodity. In these limited numbers collectors are bound to take note.
The thing that will command your attention on this C8 Corvette convertible is the retractable top. The targa style top is removed electronically at the push of a button. Here is a “must see” walk-around video of this beautiful black Corvette C8 convertible. You’ll want to watch the top retract over and over again.
When it was first announced last year that a C8 Corvette would be a mid-engine design it sent a shock throughout the Corvette world. It is the first Corvette ever produced with the engine powering the rear axle from the midpoint of the car, the best position for maximum balance in a sports car. It has the 6.2 liter LT2 V8 engine making 490 horsepower, and an 8-speed dual clutch transmission. This transmission is so smooth that, even in the stiffer Sport Mode, you really don’t feel the shift point.
You’d have to pay a few hundred thousand dollars for this kind of ride in a Ferrari, McLaren or Lamborghini. Now with the mid-engine design, this Corvette enters that world.
And the interior lives up to the Corvette’s new image. In fact, it surpasses what you would expect in a Ferrari or McLaren. The C8 interior is like the cockpit of an airplane with a center control stack and a giant line of buttons and switches along the ridge of the console. Climate control driver side, climate control passenger side, air conditioning and all of the fine tuning you could want are at your finger tips. The steering wheel is square, like in many race cars. There is also a center “Info-tainment” touch screen, which shows the front cameras, rear camera and all of your entertainment items. The front cameras are scrollable so you can pinpoint park while pulling into parking stalls. It is turned on with the push of a button. The next button over will lift the front axle up two inches. (This feature is programable so that the car can memorize up to 1,000 situations where it needs to adjust the ride highth for clearance.)
Here is a controversial change for Corvette. There is no shift lever. Every Corvette Stingray is an automatic with a push button manual mode where you can paddle shift through the gears.
Driving modes are adjustable, from Tour Mode, to Sport Mode, to Track Mode, or a configurable mode called My Mode to configure the steering and suspension to suit your driving style. It remembers your “My Mode” even after you turn the car off, and back on again. In Z Mode, you can adjust brake sensitivity, steering sensitivity, suspension mode and the sound of the engine. Track Mode and Sport Mode will change the information you see on the “Info-tainment” screen. Even the Heads Up display projected unto the front window changes in different modes.
Plus there are a couple of incredible extras. One is the Performance Data Recorder for running laps at the club race track. It will record the video and steering performance as you run your laps. You can play them back to analyze your track performance and times. Another great feature is the smart phone charging station between the seats. Interestingly, the Stingray has door poppers much like on a street rod.
The car starts around $60,000 for a coupe, $67,500 for a convertible. The LT package will cost about $7,000. The 3LT package is another $5,000 (has a nicer trim level.) The Z-51 Performance package is $5,000, Magnetic Ride Control suspension, $1,900, Front Axle Lifter option is $1,500. Some of the options you will want on this C8 Corvette are so unique you will not mind paying up for them.
You will find several 2020 Corvettes for sale this week in the Corvette Section online.