First Drive: 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible

It's All About Attitude

By Scott Burgess | December 23, 2013
Motor Trend Magazine

In fairness, I almost always pick a convertible over its hardtop counterpart, and in the history of cars there is only one vehicle for which I found the hardtop better than the convertible: the Nissan Murano.

But let me assure you, the 2014 Corvette Convertible is no Murano. It is a completely incredible machine. Sure-footed, high-performing, and simply cool-looking, the topless Corvette provides everything a sports car person could want or need. During a recent test drive in Palm Springs, the Corvette Convertible fit right in with the much higher-priced drop-tops cruising along Palm Canyon Drive.

While the Corvette Stingray looks fine with its cloth top up -- and remains remarkably quiet in part because of the thick fabric and glass rear window -- the magic only needs 21 seconds to start. That's how much time it takes the top to come down and at up to speeds of 30 mph. That allows you to put the top up as you cruise up to the valet or open it as you leave home. Who has an extra 20 seconds to sit and just open the top? In the Stingray, you've gotta move. The top can also be lowered electronically via the key fob, so as you're walking up to the car in the parking lot, the top can be dropping.

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