Convertible C7 Corvette Quieter Than Coupe?

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It Might Seem Counterintuitive, but the Convertible Is Noticeably Quieter Than the Coupe

Logic tells you that a ragtop is going to be a bit noisy. Universal truths like that have been known for generations, but apparently this is not the case with the C7 Corvette. According to our forum members, the convertible is actually quieter than the coupe.

The reasoning behind this is perfectly sound. Convertibles have a larger and solid rear bulkhead, keeping out more noise from the rear tires. Despite being a soft-top, that bulkhead is enough to make it quieter. Additionally, the convertible top isn’t exactly thin. Insulation on the ragtop is quite stout, so there’s not a lot of noise that comes through there, either.

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Comparatively, the coupe’s lack of a substantial rear bulkhead increases road noise. Acoustics are a funny thing, especially when it comes to larger cabins, such as the coupe’s. Sound deadening can only do so much, and adding too much gets us back into the debate about how much the Corvette should weigh.

On the plus side, if things are too quiet for you, you can pop the top down and listen to the air rushing by.

Patrick Morgan is an instructor at Chicago's Autobahn Country Club and contributes to a number of Auto sites, including MB World and 6SpeedOnline.

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