PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - As brisk as the weather is now in most of the country, it's hard to think about convertibles. But come spring, fans of the new Chevrolet Corvette are likely to decide that top-down driving is all the rage.
They get two choices. The Corvette Stingray introduced earlier this year comes with a removable roof. And Chevrolet recently gave its first drives here for the new Corvette convertible.
It's big selling point: General Motors designed the new Corvette to be a convertible from the start, not retrofitting it after the coupe debuts. That means a frame that's extra stiff without having to add back a lot of bracing, says Tadge Juechter, Corvette's chief engineer. It's 60% stiffer then the previous generation.
Flying along in the breeze, Corvette drivers can follow their whims by putting the top down while the car is moving at speeds up to 35 miles per hour. One button. No roof latches.
"It's a true open-air experience," he says. "It's a dream car." And it's coming to showrooms right about now, base priced at about $57,000, $5,000 more than for the coupe.
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