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Old 02-24-2018, 09:45 AM
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I am one of those who love convertibles. Has anyone heard anything on a ME car having a convertible?


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I assume it will come a year later, like the C5 & C6
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I assume it will come a year later, like the C5 & C6
Since the 1997 was a 4 month run, it was only 4 months until the 1998's were in production and with a convertible. The 2005 C6 had a convertible.
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Since the 1997 was a 4 month run, it was only 4 months until the 1998's were in production and with a convertible. The 2005 C6 had a convertible.
I stand corrected.

I just remember waiting a long time after the C5 was introduced to be able to order my C5 convertible.
My C6 is a 2010, so well after the introduction.
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I am one of those who love convertibles. Has anyone heard anything on a ME car having a convertible?

As the C7 was designed structurally to be topless from Top to bottom, I donít see them reversing that design approach in the future. Besides the potential of losing customers (including yours truly) if a topless / convertible options was unavailable, the competition is, so they will. It may not be year one, but they will.
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Yes, there will be a convertible. However, I don’t think it will have a soft top...it will have a removable targa and the vertical rear window will retract down. No retractable hardtop

The coupe, on the other hand, while it will also have a targa, will have a sloping rear glass like the C7 with venting along both sides.

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Yes, there will be a convertible. However, I don’t think it will have a soft top...it will have a removable targa and the vertical rear window will retract down. No retractable hardtop

The coupe, on the other hand, while it will also have a targa, will have a sloping rear glass like the C7 with venting along both sides.

You don't think they would try an make a retractable hardtop like the 488 spider? Cost, space? Just curious.

For me, If the coupe has a removable targa, I don't see a whole bunch of difference between the 2 unless it had a retractable top. Same amount of sky overhead so to speak.

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Originally Posted by Paulchristian View Post
Yes, there will be a convertible. However, I donít think it will have a soft top...it will have a removable targa and the vertical rear window will retract down. No retractable hardtop

The coupe, on the other hand, while it will also have a targa, will have a sloping rear glass like the C7 with venting along both sides.
What you just described is NOT a convertible. I think there will be a true convertible, available 4 - 6 months after the intro of the couple (like the C6/C7)
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What you just described is NOT a convertible. I think there will be a true convertible, available 4 - 6 months after the intro of the couple (like the C6/C7)
If the roof was removed and the rear glass lowered(assuming the mid engine does have a vertical rear window), wouldn't that be the same as a C7 convertible with a permanent roll bar installed behind the seats?

Wouldn't air flow around our bald heads be the same, as well as getting our scalp blistered by the sun, just like a C7 convertible?
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To me at least a convertible has the ability to remove the roof without getting out of the car. If you have to pull over to manually remove the top then it is a Targa. I've driven both and there is a HUGE difference in wind noise, the Targa even with the rear window down is too noisy for me. If they don't have a true convertible with a push button roof then I'm not interested and will switch to another brand without a second thought (even if I have to spend more money compared to the vette)
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Given the structural requirements, where the motor is located, and what we have seen from the mules/CAD drawings/rendering, I would be surprised if there is a electrical convertible top option.

Perhaps as to your second concern, wind noise, unless one has tried the ME targa specifically, it is too soon to write it off — for maybe GM has an ingenuous solution to that in the new car.
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Don't other mid engine convertibles have an electric roof, Porsche boxster for example? Would it be more difficult in the corvette mid engine because the engine will be larger?

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How does the 488 spider solve the issue? Just curious.

As with art...GM should steel from the best!

Top down at 5:30...pretty sweet.

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Also, over my many years of convertible ownership I found that if I had to stop and manually do the roof then I would hardly ever have the roof down. But with more recent corvette convertibles with the electric roof I find myself putting the roof down way more, for example while at a traffic light.
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Gawd I wish I could afford a 488!
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Originally Posted by JoesC5 View Post
If the roof was removed and the rear glass lowered(assuming the mid engine does have a vertical rear window), wouldn't that be the same as a C7 convertible with a permanent roll bar installed behind the seats?

Wouldn't air flow around our bald heads be the same, as well as getting our scalp blistered by the sun, just like a C7 convertible?
Someone open a window and let all that common sense out. Thank you, Joe.
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You don't think they would try an make a retractable hardtop like the 488 spider? Cost, space? Just curious.

For me, If the coupe has a removable targa, I don't see a whole bunch of difference between the 2 unless it had a retractable top. Same amount of sky overhead so to speak.
To me, the spy pictures do not reflect a design that would allow for a retractable hardtop. Also, I just don’t think it makes sense with respect to cost and added weight. Cadillac, yes. Corvette, nope. Ferrari can pull it off because they sell cars for $200k+

Everything I see on the spy pictures indicates 2 different cars being tested. A convertible with a flat rear deck and vertical window and a coupe with a sloped rear window with vents running along both sides.

Additionally, and maybe it’s just me, but I think a soft top would look super strange on a mid-engine. It just doesn’t work, IMO.

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Originally Posted by Paulchristian View Post
To me, the spy pictures do not reflect a design that would allow for a retractable hardtop. Also, I just donít think it makes sense with respect to cost and added weight. Cadillac, yes. Corvette, nope. Ferrari can pull it off because they sell cars for $200k+

Everything I see on the spy pictures indicates 2 different cars being tested. A convertible with a flat rear deck and vertical window and a coupe with a sloped rear window with vents running along both sides.

Additionally, and maybe itís just me, but I think a soft top would look super strange on a mid-engine. It just doesnít work, IMO.
Hmmmm........ might be a C8 Spider in the mix.


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Hmmmm........ might be a C8 Spider in the mix.


Exactly...thanks. Targa comes off, rear window is power and it can be brought down. No goofy soft top. Such a design would probably swing me back to a convertible.
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Originally Posted by stepheng View Post
To me at least a convertible has the ability to remove the roof without getting out of the car. If you have to pull over to manually remove the top then it is a Targa. I've driven both and there is a HUGE difference in wind noise, the Targa even with the rear window down is too noisy for me. If they don't have a true convertible with a push button roof then I'm not interested and will switch to another brand without a second thought (even if I have to spend more money compared to the vette)
What car did you have, or drove, that had a targa and a rear window that could either be lowered or removed?

My 1969 Corvette coupe(T-Top but the same as a one piece targa except it had two separate roof panels)also had a vertical rear window that could be removed.

With the T-Tops removed as well as the rear window removed, it drove just like the 1957 Ford convertible I had years earlier.

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