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Behind the Wheel of the C8 Corvette Stingray Convertible (Video Review)

From Canyon Carver to Grocery Getter with the Touch of a Button

2020 C8 Corvette Stingray convertible
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I got the chance to spend a week with the 2020 C8 Corvette Stingray Convertible Z51 2LT in Portland, Oregon. Yes, there was rain. But even with the top down, if you drive fast enough, you don’t get wet (at least not as wet as you’d think you would).

This mid-engine Sebring Orange C8 convertible completely recalibrated my brain on what a Corvette could be. I’ve driven every C7 Chevrolet built and was thoroughly impressed, especially on the track. The C8 flips the script and creates an all-new driving experience.

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The mid-engine layout puts the snarling 6.2L V8 right behind the passengers and makes the car rotate into a corner in a very different way than any front-engine Corvette ever could. It feels super balanced, a feeling that is only improved by the silky-smooth 8-speed dual-clutch transmission.

I managed a 4.1 second 0-60 time on wet tarmac and on winter tires. Not only is that quite quick for the conditions, but it also felt completely stable and in control the entire time. In perfect conditions on summer tires, the C8 can do a sub-3 second 0-60 pull.

Have a look at this fun little video for some of the action and my thoughts, and read below for a breakdown of what I liked and what I didn’t about this latest generation Corvette.

C8 Corvette Stingray Convertible

Not only is this car fun to drive and a head-turner, but it is also quite practical. It is rated at 15/19/27 MPG and even has quite a large trunk and frunk. Could this be an everyday grocery-getter? Absolutely!

Frunk (Photo: Bryon Dorr)
Trunk (Photo: Bryon Dorr)

What I Liked

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  • Grand tourer to track weapon with the push of the Z button on steering wheel
  • Great position, size, and feel of metal shift paddles
  • Plenty of room for long legs and big feet
Phone charger (Photo: Bryon Dorr)
  • Rear center console vertical phone charger is pretty slick
  • Really clear, vivid, and high res cameras for single rear and three front cameras
GT2 bucket seats (Photo: Bryon Dorr)
  • GT2 bucket seats are both heated and cooled
  • Heated Alcantara steering wheel feels great
  • Floating elements and overall dashboard design is unique and interesting
  • Quality 14-speaker Bose sound system

What I Didn’t Like

  • No manual transmission option
  • Turn signals are very loud
  • Steering wheel volume buttons pull instead of push
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  • LOTS of buttons down center console
  • The glare off the rear deck lid is super annoying
  • There is a HUGE blindspot (with no camera)
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  • Trunk gets tons of condensation when it is humid out
  • At idle, the car feels a bit rough
  • Exhaust in track mode is still too quiet
  • Nose raise doesn’t always raise all the way
Center console storage with power outlets (Photo: Bryon Dorr)
  • Console storage needs to be bigger for modern phones
HVAC vent control (Photo: Bryon Dorr)
  • The air vent controls feel super cheap
  • GT2 bucket seats’ upper bolsters squeeze at shoulders
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  • The back end is super busy stylistically and is a nightmare to clean

Not Inexpensive But Plenty of Value

The engine is under this plastic cover. You can’t see any of it. (Photo: Bryon Dorr)

My review car had a window sticker of $88,805. While that’s not inexpensive, name another mid-engine sports car with this level of performance and features. The only other car that is close is the Lotus Evora GT, which isn’t available in a convertible.

The car I drove had the 2LT interior package, which you probably will want, but isn’t inexpensive, at $6,800. It also had the Z51 performance package, which you want for sure, and costs $5,000.

The Z51 package gets you things like upgraded brakes, suspension, exhaust, limited-slip rear diff, rear spoiler, and more. Adding to the big total on my test car were the $1,895 magnetic ride control and $1,495 GT2 bucket seats, both of which are worthy options to spec your own car.

Z51 brakes (Photo: Bryon Dorr)

To build out your own C8 and/or find a dealer near you go to Chevrolet.com.

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About Bryon Dorr

AutoWise Editor-in-Chief Bryon Dorr has been a lifelong automotive enthusiast. From the supercar posters on his childhood walls to the massive Hot Wheels/Matchbox collection, Bryon has been dreaming about automotive adventures his entire life. For the past decade+ Bryon has pursued a career in automotive photography and journalism. He's worked for a wide range of the top outlets in the overland, off-road, adventure motorcycle, and general automotive media. His current household automotive quiver includes a custom overland 2013 GX460, a 2020 Ioniq Electric, and a 2006 KTM 950 Adv. He recently sold his 996TT, and is on the hunt for a new performance car.