Put away your pixel paintbrushes, kids. Pack up your Photoshop. This is the real-deal 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible in its first official images. The droptop Chevrolet will roll into the bright lights of the Palexpo exhibition at next week's Geneva Motor Show, a four-wheeled statement of intent that General Motors is serious about taking its Corvette franchise global.

Chevy isn't providing anything in the way of further details with these two shots, but we've learned at least a couple of things about the car shown here. First off, the example seen in these images is fitted with the optional Z51 Performance Package – something that isn't immediately evident because there's no sign of the coupe model's prominent ductwork on its rear haunches. In order to accommodate the power folding hard tonneau cover, the vents that feed the transmission and differential coolers have been relocated to the underside of the car. The dark paint color on this example also does a good job of muting the contrasting black front fender vents and hood opening – Z51-spec design details that have proven to be somewhat controversial.

One other thing to note: These two shots also display the Stingray wearing different alloy wheels than the split five-spoke design shown at the hardtop's Detroit Auto Show unveiling in January. The simpler, thin five-spoke wheels should do a good job of showing off the Z51's upgraded brakes, and they'll be optional on the coupe as well.

Sit tight – we'll have more images and details on the C7 Convertible for you early next week, including live photos and impressions from the show floor in Geneva.


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      ammca66564
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow - the convertible looks far more familiar, far more like its predecessors than its brother the coupe.
        Ben Doolittle
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ammca66564
        You're right, on the coupe the back window was the biggest change. W/O that the design looks even more 'evolutionary'.
        Chris
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ammca66564
        I was thinking the same thing. When you think about it, there's really only so much you can do with a convertible design. Seriously, when was the last time you saw a convertible with a fastback roofline or "bubble glass"? Part of the reason this car looks so familiar is because the roofline is one of the most noticeable features of the coupe that differentiates the C7 from its predecessors.
        Giorgio
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ammca66564
        +1. Don't like at all the C-pillar on the coupè, it's not very well integrated with the removable roof, especially when the latter is painted black so it looks like the C-pillar ends abruptly. Looks like a mistake they couldn't fix in time, or just bad taste. Te convertible is definitely more Corvette. I still wouldn't love those lights in the back though. I think aftermarket parts makers could sell some kits to fix the back on this car. I can see here and appreciate how the front grille harks back to that on the Corvette mk1. Lovely touch, and much better than the anonymous front grille on the C6.
      Petr Pivoda
      • 1 Year Ago
      Pretty cool, no shame to park next to anything anywhere. Good work Chevy
      jdwkinc
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Corvette is one of the few cars that looks just as good as the coupe in top-down convertible form. There are many atrocities out there, like the 350/70Z, along with its rival pony cars. Unfortunately, sometimes you have to put the top up, and then they all look absolutely awful. The Corvette 'vert might be worth the premium if it wasn't so easy to remove the roof from the coupe. I drive with my roof off more than I see convertibles with their top down, and it didn't cost me a cent. Now, if I was 60, maybe taking the roof off would be difficult,,and I guess that is actually GM's target audience. It's unfortunte that the best automotive performance deal on the planet just isn't desirable to anyone young enough own a smartphone.
        Chris
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jdwkinc
        In many cases, I've actually always thought the Corvette looked better as a convertible, regardless of whether the top was up or down. For example, I don't think I can picture a C1 as a hard top. Did they even offer one then? I honestly don't know. The C2s? Despite the legendary status of the 63' split-window coupe, I have always preferred them as convertibles. The early C3s are kind of a tossup as I like how they looked either way. The C4 I alway preferred as a rag top as well. Where it gets dicey is with the C5 and up. Seeing them as drop tops took a little getting used to for me. I think it has something to do with the big booty the car acquired. As for the smartphone comment? Judging by the number of sites I see on the internet that are dedicated to Corvette enthusiasts and aftermarket modifications, I think it's safe to say that your average Corvette buyer is no idiot when it comes to modern technology. According to a 'Motortrend' article I read on the topic, the average Corvette owner is between the ages of 49 and 63 years old, has at least some college experience, makes $105k to $250k a year, and that 69% of owners visit automotive sites for information. With all of that said, they don't exactly sound like the folks who were buying Buicks and Lincoln Town Cars in the 1990s.
        mikemaj82
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jdwkinc
        check out the corvette forums. most owners are in their 30s, and there are quite a few in their 20s.
      john m
      • 1 Year Ago
      It looks great! Definetly one of the best looking convertibles out there. If I were to buy a Vette, I'd buy the coupe but I'd also want a ragtop..... maybe I need one of each?
      Hello, Brian
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like the coupe, but this convertible top design is disappointing. It does nothing to enhance the crisp, boldness of the new design. I am all for design evolution, but the top not seem to have changed at all. Perhaps a hard top convertible would have been better suited to the new design?
      o_4ord4ordever
      • 1 Year Ago
      This car isn't really an improvement. They say it's a new engine, but it's basically the same engine they've been using for decades. And GM's cars look so cheesy and childish. Little children must work in their design department.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @o_4ord4ordever
        [blocked]
          mikemaj82
          • 1 Year Ago
          same technology. my G8 GT had AFM just like the new vette...only difference is it had less ponies.
        l9t8z
        • 1 Year Ago
        @o_4ord4ordever
        I would suggest doing your homework if your going to make a claim like that. The only carry over items are a couple of bolt styles, the wrist pins and valve locks. Every other aspect is new and the changes were quite extensive. The later part of your comment shows you just want to take pot shots, so its no wonder your ignorance shines in the first couple of sentences.
      Hayden760
      • 1 Year Ago
      This has been the least impressive, poorest, most half-assed excuse for a Corvette, let alone a "Stingray", that Chevy has ever conceived. I'm as patriotic as they get when it comes to supporting domestic vehicles... but the lack of refinement and attention to detail, AND sad fact that these are basically "injection-molded-mid-life-crisis-mobiles" has caused me to alienate the Corvette from my list of appreciated vehicles. RIP Corvette. GM... you're dead to me.
        Blackie
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hayden760
        I just gave this comment a THUMBS UP because it is true but autoblog recorded it as a thumbs down, probably because the observation made a week ago about supporting the image of advertisers on here with positively biased comments is true.
          StugotsElf
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Blackie
          Right, the programmers of the site modified it to force your thumbs up selections to be thumbs down because of a previous post of yours. You are laboring under an "object of the cosmos" delusion. Please seek major pharmacological intervention.
        l9t8z
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hayden760
        That is your opinion my friend. Do you have any facts to support your lack of refinement comment? People seem to use that phrase so much about everything, yet they just spout out words. I can probably assume you have never sat in, driven or possibly even seen a C7 Corvette in person....therefore your comments to degree of refinement are completely irreverent . Just because you don't like they way it looks does not make it a pos. The Corvette is a BUDGET super car, it will NEVER match the luxury and refinement of competition costly substantially more. Know what you know what you know, and know what you don't know.
      Blackie
      • 1 Year Ago
      You know you've screwed up your design when it looks better with the top half missing.
        ryan_four
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Blackie
        Advise: see a brain surgeon. PLEASE
          artso06
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ryan_four
          Sooooo....see a brain surgeon if you don't agree with fussy surfacing and refined design?
      AGSHOP
      • 1 Year Ago
      hate it! the T-Top looks more sting ray to me. This just looks like a normal vette boring.
      mbukukanyau
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks good, just as most would imagine it.
      Chris
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like it, and it's exactly how I pictured it looking. As for those criticizing it? What were you expecting? Convertibles are almost always pretty basic looking, when compared to their coupe counterparts. Were you all expecting the convertible to have the same fastback roofline as the coupe or something?
      scott3
      • 1 Year Ago
      This one look so good in this color it should really piss of some of the diehards that can't think outside the box. This car should have a very good global appeal. Marketing globally is something they really need to do to increase volume. I liked the C6 but this one make the 6 look so old.
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