One thing to note about it: It sounded for all the world like a flat-plane-crank engine. We don’t know what’s under the hood, but it does not sound like a typical cross-plane V8. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Car Review: 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 See More Videos Trending Videos COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS That’s partly because rockets are just plain cool, but moreso because astronauts have been driving Corvettes for almost as long as there have been astronauts. Alan Shepard, Alan Bean, Neil Armstrong and many others famously owned examples of the classic plastic sports car.RELATED These are the 5 cheapest cars that can do 200 mphBut let’s talk about the car itself. For starters, it gets the same 6.2-litre 490-hp V8 as the coupe, which makes it the most powerful Corvette base model ever. The top is a folding hardtop arrangement, and no soft-top will be available. According to engineers, the top’s six motors, linkages and hinges add a reasonable 35 kg to the total weight of the C8.Like most modern convertibles (and especially mid-engined ones) there are twin “nacelles” behind the driver headrests. Chevy says they hearken back to the faired-in headrests of 1950s prototypes and visually connect the top of the windshield to the rear of the car, but we think the less-sexy reason for them is simply to provide more rollover protection. Nonetheless, they are well-executed and not an eyesore. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Clayton Seams Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Clayton Seams Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Clayton Seams Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Clayton Seams Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Clayton Seams Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Clayton Seams Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Clayton Seams Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Clayton Seams The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca The launch of the 2020 C8 Chevrolet Corvette held, we have to admit, plenty of surprises for us. It started around $70,000 in Canada and promised a zero-to-96 km/h time of under 3.0 seconds.We expected the C8 to be competitive, but I don’t think many were expecting that.But the reveal of the C8 convertible? Not so surprising. Chevy chose to reveal the C8 drop-top in the Kennedy Space Center’s Rocket Garden in Orlando, Florida. RELATED TAGSChevroletCorvetteConvertibleNon-LuxuryNew VehiclesNon-Luxury And while the C8 coupe shows off its engine under glass, the ‘vert obscures it, since the roof is stored on top of the engine compartment when folded down. To accommodate the thermal demands this covering-up adds, some rather stylish vents have been sliced into the top of the rear deck for engine cooling. And, yes, even with the top stored, you can fit two sets of golf clubs in the C8. Sigh.Impressive numbers? Well, the C8 ‘vert has plenty. The coupe starts at about $70,000 in Canada, and the new convertible will begin at $78,998 when it arrives here. Production of the C8 will start in January, and deliveries will happen two months after that.But that wasn’t all Chevy revealed among the rockets; it also pulled out a very fierce-looking C8.R race car. Flared and spoilered, wearing massive slicks and roll cage, the C8.R is very much the real deal. Chevy was reticent to divulge technical details about the C8.R, but said it would compete at Petite Le Mans soon.