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Monday, June 16, 2014

Droptops, Part 3: Hot Wheels 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible

The last new convertible is the only new casting for 2014 as a droptop:  The fantastic 2014 Corvette Stingray.

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Open-top fun!

Decked out in the beautiful dark metallic red that has magically transformed quite a few castings with this color this year, the Stingray looks sharp showing off it's edgy side panels, hood, and trunk lines, front grille with detailed headlights and separate hood vent for the flow-through radiator.  The rear continues with detailed quad taillights with side vents, corvette logo, and lower panel with quad exhaust.  The PR-5 wheels look great on this casting, and the roof-less look will please those who though the roof design on the coupe looked odd.  The trunk now has more lines on it and now joins the twin-hump tonneau cover with central waterfall to the interior and black trim behind the seats (not detailed on the Hot Wheels version. 

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Now with the top open you can see the nicely-crafted interior with the driver-centered cockpit featuring digital speedometer gauge panel, center touch screen, different door panels, and supportive seats with three different styles from cruising to track performance.  The motor is the same as the other Corvette's, the 6.2L V8 with direct injection, variable valve timing, and cylinder cut-off even with the seven-speed transaxle.  The base shows the same detail layout of the coupe, with an evolutionary design of the Corvette platform that first came out in the 1997 C5 (ditto the LS engine's).  Looks great alongside the red 2013 and dark gray 2014 coupe's!

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Better than the C6 Conv.

Both C7 Corvette's represent a major step from the first releases of the C6 Corvette coupe and convertibles, as this orange convertible shows.  The convertible was a last-minute addition in 2009 that was nothing more than cutting the top of the coupe casting introduced in 2004.  The result is using the same small dimension and squared looks that look nothing like the real C6 Corvette (eventually the shape would look right with the ZR-1 and then later on with the Grand Sport and ZO6 tooling's).

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But do give credit for the awesome orange paint and clean exterior with only lighting and badging shown and an interior correctly done even with a detailed steering wheel.  But still, the C7 Corvette's look much better than this C6 conv. and shows how far Mattel has come along to make the smaller Corvette's more realistic.  Oh and since the C7 Conv. is part of the Then and Now series, I can't wait to see what the 1964 Corvette Coupe looks like!

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