2013 Chevrolet Corvette

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2013 Chevrolet Corvette 427 Front Right View
For the sixth-generation Corvette's swan song, Chevrolet has finally fixed the car's biggest flaw. No, not the seats or the interior controls. Those are still terrible. We're talking about the need for more power. Although the car has engine options aplenty, the convertible -- arguably the essence of the Corvette -- has until now featured only the 430-hp, 6.2-liter LS3 V-8. Apparently that's not enough for some buyers.
"Ever since we brought out the Z06, we've had customers wanting to have that engine with an open-air experience," says Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter.
Consider the problem well and truly fixed with the 427 convertible, which features the 505-hp, 7.0-liter LS7. The "427" designation harkens back to one of the most desirable -- and now collectible -- Corvettes of the 1960s. It also makes clear that the car is not a Z06 convertible, something Juechter stresses the new model will not -- in fact, cannot -- be. The Z06's aluminum frame, for instance, would not be rigid enough without a roof, so the convertible sticks with stouter steel. That said, plenty of Z06 hardware makes the journey over with the big engine. Beyond the driveline components needed to handle the extra power, the convertible retains the Z06's dry-sump oil pump, which required moving the battery to the trunk, as well as magnetorheological dampers and staggered Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires. It also wears the Z06's carbon-fiber fenders, hood, and floor panel, which keeps curb weight to 3355 pounds, about sixty pounds heavier than the regular convertible. Those carbon-fiber bits also serve as the 427's primary visual cues -- the fenders are flared, the hood is raised, and the nose has that telltale scoop. Black wheels with machined-aluminum faces and a few badges complete the package. Exposed carbon-fiber trim and ZR1 wheels are optional.
But wait, there's more! Since 2013 marks sixty years of building Corvettes, buyers of the 427 (or any other variant) can opt for the special anniversary package you see in these photos. In keeping with Corvette anniversary tradition, it's not subtle. Our test car wears blue stripes that even make it onto the convertible top (they're sown on), as well as an optional leather-wrapped interior that is, regretfully, also blue.
We forget all about the stripes -- and the flimsy seats, and the cheap controls -- when we floor the 427 getting on the highway and experience that amazing sensation of a big pushrod V-8 roaring toward 7000 rpm. Although it has long since yielded king-of-the-hill status to the ZR1's supercharged LS9, the normally aspirated LS7 is still in our minds the best Vette engine. Make that one of the best engines, period. And now there's no annoying roof between your ears and the vicious crackle that comes through the bimodal exhaust when you hustle the beefy six-speed shifter from first to second gear (no automatic will be offered).
The convertible's dampers are tuned more in the spirit of a grand tourer than a track car, so it rides well over awful asphalt patchwork that would have jostled the Z06. It still stays flat through S-curves, and its beefy tires -- nineteen-inchers in front and twenties at the back -- break traction only when we apply generous amounts of throttle coming out of turns.
The 427 starts at $76,900, which is something of a bargain considering that it basically matches the performance of a $149,000 Porsche 911 Turbo cabriolet. Of course, the base Corvette convertible, which costs some $20,000 less, is no slouch either. And maybe that's the key point here. As we return the keys, ears ringing from the wonderful noise, we're reminded that the Corvette, sixty years since its inception and six years into its current generation, is still pretty damn good.
Chevrolet Corvette 427 convertible
On sale:
Price: $76,900
Engine: 7.0L V-8, 505 hp, 470 lb-ft
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Drive: Rear-wheel
Fuel mileage: 15/24 mpg (est.)
0-60 mph: 3.8 seconds
Top speed: 190+ mph
2013 Chevrolet Corvette
2013 Chevrolet Corvette

New For 2013

Except for a carbon-fiber hood, fenders, and floor panels, the new 427 convertible is basically a droptop version of the Z06. For 2013, it and the rest of the Corvette clan can be dressed up in the 60th Anniversary Design Package that includes dark blue seats with baby blue accents, anniversary logos on the seats and steering wheel, and racing stripes that even make it onto the cloth top of convertible models.


The year 2013 is the Corvette’s sixtieth anniversary and the C6’s final year of production. To mark these milestones, Chevy puts the Z06’s 7.0-liter V-8, drivetrain, and rear axle into a carbon-fiber-reinforced droptop to produce the 427 convertible. It may be Chevy’s fastest convertible ever, but it doesn’t knock the top-spec ZR1 off its pedestal. With a 6.2-liter supercharged LS9 V-8 that pumps out an incredible 638 hp and 604 lb-ft of torque, the ZR1 is the first production Corvette capable of crossing the 200-mph threshold. As for the other Corvettes? The base and Grand Sport models use a 6.2-liter V-8, but the GS gets a number of upgrades, including Z06 styling cues, its own gear (manual transmission) and rear-axle ratios, and available Magnetic Selective Ride Control. The 505-hp boy-racer Z06 neatly fills the gap between the base model and the ZR1 and can be had in a limited-edition Carbon model, which adds a number of performance and cosmetic upgrades, including ZR1-style aerodynamic aids, carbon-ceramic Brembo brakes, and Magnetic Selective Ride Control. In fact, every Corvette model has numerous performance and cosmetic packages that allow buyers to customize their car down to the color of the brake calipers. Interior quality remains an Achilles’ heel, but the Vette continues to offer unrivaled bang for the buck.


Front and side air bags, traction and stability control, ABS, and a tire-pressure monitoring system are standard.

You'll like:

  • New 427 convertible
  • Numerous performance and appearance upgrades

You won't like:

  • Interior quality and style
  • Pretty common

Key Competitors For The 2013 Chevrolet Corvette

  • Audi R8
  • Lotus Evora
  • Porsche 911
2013 Chevrolet Corvette Last C6 With Plant Manager Front View
It’s customary to sign a card for a departing coworker, or perhaps bring in a cake and have a get-together. Employees at Chevrolet’s Bowling Green Assembly Plant said goodbye to an old friend at the end of last month, but there wasn’t any time for cake: the old friend was the sixth-generation (2005-2013) Chevrolet Corvette, and workers quickly got back to work preparing to build its replacement: the 2014 Corvette.
2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Wind Tunnel
It's now been more than two weeks since the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was revealed, but the excitement hasn't subsided. To keep the C7 fresh in enthusiasts' minds, GM has released a few new videos revealing more on the Corvette's styling, interior design, and more.
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The Hennessey Venom GT is the fastest-accelerating car from 0-186 mph, according to Guinness World Records. A 1244-hp Venom GT running 93-octane fuel completed the run in just 13.63 seconds and hit the 200-mph mark in an unofficial 14.1 seconds. The run was made at Ellington Airport outside of Houston earlier this month. Two runs in opposite directions, to compensate for wind, were averaged for the record, which was verified by a VBox 3i GPS-based data logging system
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The all-new 640-hp 2013 SRT Viper GTS is back to take on the Chevrolet Corvette for the title of America’s best sports car. Though the all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray was just revealed, the current 2013 Corvette ZR1 is still the most powerful Corvette with 638 hp, making it a perfect match for SRT's latest V-10-powered snake. On this Feature Flick, Motor Trend's Jonny Lieberman takes them to the drag strip and track to find out which is the better supercar.

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16 MPG City | 26 MPG Hwy
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2013 Chevrolet Corvette Specifications

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6.2L V8Engine
Fuel economy City:
16 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
26 MPG
430 hp @ 5900rpm
424 ft lb of torque @ 4600rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation
36,000 miles / 36 months
100,000 miles / 60 months
100,000 miles / 72 months
100,000 miles / 60 months
IIHS Front Small Overlap
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
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NHTSA Rating Overall
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NHTSA Rating Rollover
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IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
IIHS Overall Side Crash
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IIHS Roof Strength

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