Thursday 17th January 2013


GM denies it, but these photos look pretty close to the real thing...

The recent reveal of Chevroletís new Corvette Stingray has prompted a flurry of interest from media pundits and enthusiasts alike. Reaction to the new carís looks has been mixed, with many loving the sharper, more aggressive new look, but others saying it feels too much like a cross between a Ferrari, a Viper, a Camaro and a Nissan GT-R (delete as applicable).

Drophead 'Vette: even better than the coupe?
Drophead 'Vette: even better than the coupe?
Things are only going to get more interesting, though, as the convertible version appears to have been leaked online. Pictures of the ragtop íVette have been spotted, of all places, on the website of model car manufacturer Maisto, and while thatís obviously not the first port of call for most of our news stories, itís quite likely that Maisto was furnished with pictures of the íVette ívert† pre-launch so that the company could get cracking on licensed models. Having said that, GM has been quick to deny that these are official images. Which, of course, they would if they were hoping to build up to the convertibleís launch the way they did with the coupe.

It seems likely that this version of the Corvette will share the coupeís running gear, so it should get the same 6.2-litre LT1 V8 that we first told you about back in 2012. So, 450hp, 450lb ft, and a 0-60 time, therefore, just below the four-second mark. No word yet on whether the convertible version will retain the coupeís much-vaunted 50:50 weight balance, though.

†So, what do we think, then? Does the convertible take the rakish lines of the coupe and turn them into something even better, or is it the poseursí version of an American icon thatís lost the plot?

[Source: The Auto Insider]

Author: Alex Robbins
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