2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible first drive
What is it? We have good news: Starting with the excellent 2014 Corvette Stingray coupe, Chevrolet has developed a -- you guessed it -- excellent Stingray convertible.Listen, we said it was good news, not surprising news.The universally lauded C7 Corvette Stingray was originally designed as a convertible, so stylists and engineers made sure it met all the appropriate rigidity standards without a top. The new aluminum frame is lighter and about 40 percent stiffer than the outgoing steel frame, so there was no need to add any sort of extra chassis bracing to make the Stingray topless.That was done like this: There's a small up/down button on the dash just to the left of the steering wheel. Press it and the rear hatch raises and the soft top emerges and electrically latches itself to the top of the windshield. The trunk itself remains uncompromised -- not big, but certainly big enough.Weight is up just slightly to 3,362 pounds from the coupe's 3,298. Performance-wise, that'