Although we already knew to expect it, Chevrolet confirmed today that the 2014 Corvette convertible will debut publicly next month at the Geneva Motor Show. Even though its roof has been chopped off, Chevrolet Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juetcher says the convertible will perform just as well as the coupe.
"Every Corvette is designed at the outset as an open car," Juechter said in a statement. "The new Stingray is no different, with the coupe and convertible designed to excel in any situation."
When Chevrolet introduced the previous generation Corvette, it followed the same roll-out schedule as for this seventh-generation car. The Chevrolet Corvette coupe debuted at the 2005 Detroit auto show, and the convertible appeared in Geneva.
The very first customer-ready 2014 Chevrolet Corvette convertible will be auctioned later this year at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction. Proceeds from the sale will go to benefit the Michigan-based Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute. The first customer Corvette coupe was auctioned in January for $1.05 million, with proceeds donated to the College for Creative Studies in Detroit.
As this teaser image, our prior spy photos, and leaked renderings reveal, the Corvette convertible will look very similar to the coupe, albeit with a power-folding fabric roof. Look for the same aggressive character lines, wide-mouth front fascia, and giant haunches as on the coupe that debuted at the Detroit auto show in January.
Beneath the skin, we expect the convertible will use the same mix of aluminum and carbon-fiber construction as the coupe. Look for the hardtop's 6.2-liter, 450-hp V-8 engine attached to a six-speed automatic or seven-speed manual transmission.
The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette coupe starts production this fall, but as the convertible will probably arrive a few months later, we may not see it in showrooms until early 2014.