Friday, January 18, 2013

First Renderings of 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Hit the Internet

First Renderings of 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Hit the Internet:
2015 Chevrolet Corvette convertible
The automotive interwebs are abuzz from the appearance of two images of the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette convertible that many are saying are the real deal. We’re not so convinced—the images, which first appeared on The Auto Insider, certainly appear to be photographs of a real car, and the license-plate cover even reads “GM Design.” But after some careful inspection, we‘d wager that they’re really well-done renderings, whether they came from within GM or not. Plus, it’s probably no coincidence that these images are being circulated just days after the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette coupe made its big debut at the 2013 Detroit auto show
2015 Chevrolet Corvette convertible
Besides showing what the topless Corvette probably will look like, these renderings also give us our first look at the non-Z51 Vette (Chevy only brought the higher-performance Z51 model to the Corvette’s reveal). The differences between the Z51 and this potential non-Z51 are few: There’s no full-width rear spoiler and there are no vents on top of the rear fender bulges. The lack of rear-end venting probably has a lot to do with the non-Z51 Vette’s lack of rear-mounted differential and transmission coolers, which are mounted just behind each rear wheel on the high-po model.

Otherwise, it’s pretty much a given that the C7 Corvette convertible will get the same 6.2-liter small-block V-8 pushing an estimated 450 horsepower through a choice of seven-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission as the coupe. Look for the droptop iteration to debut sometime in the next year or so before going on sale as a 2015 model.

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