I don't need to rent one. I have driven enough of them that I know that like them a lot. The one that I am considering is fully-loaded with the Z-51 suspension and magnetic ride control, which is a pretty hot setup for great handling. I am a stick shift kind of guy, and if I lived elsewhere that is what I would buy. I test drove a C7 with the stick, and it's just not fun on the kind of roads that we have here in stop and go traffic. I use the autostick in my Crossfire when I can, and I'm sure that I would use the paddle shifters in an automatic Corvette, too. As for the convertible top, mine goes down in the early morning and back up at around 9:30 AM when it gets too hot. It also goes up whenever I park anywhere. It goes back down again in the cool evening. That would be a pain with a Corvette coupe. I know from experience because I owned a Honda del Sol in the early '90s. That top setup is nearly identical to the Corvette coupe.