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2013 Chevrolet Corvette Overview
The quintessential American sports car, the 2013 Chevrolet Corvette marks a 60th year of production for the legendary speedster.
This will be the final year for what is called the C6 generation of Corvettes, a new design is expected to debut for the 2014 model year. In order to send the final C6 Corvette out with a bang and to celebrate the 60th anniversary, Chevy has produced a special edition version of the Corvette, the 427 Convertible as well as a 60th anniversary design package. The 427 Convertible sources the engine from the Z06 and only comes with a six-speed manual transmission. It also takes suspension and performance upgrades from the ZR1 and Z06.
The 2013 Corvette is like Baskin-Robbins – there are a ton of flavors and they’re all delicious. Besides the aforementioned 427 Convertible, there is also the standard Coupe/Convertible, Grand Sport Coupe/Convertible, Z06, and the line topping ZR1. Standard and Grand Sport models are both powered by an all-aluminum 430-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 that produces 424 pounds-feet of torque. An optional performance exhaust system bumps those numbers to 436 and 428 respectively. Up next, the Z06 and 427 Convertible get a larger, more potent V-8: a 505-horsepower, 7.0-liter V-8 that outputs 470 pounds-feet of torque. The king of the hill is the ZR1 which features an astounding 638-horsepower, supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 that makes 604 pounds-feet of torque which can push the ZR1 all the way to a top speed of 205 mph.
A six-speed manual is the standard transmission with launch control for fast starts, while a six-speed automatic is available on base and Grand Sport models.
Each rising trim level of the Corvette adds its own special touches. Grand Sport models add a stiffer suspension and wider tires for better traction. Beyond a larger engine, the Z06 also gets larger brakes, an even stiffer suspension, and aerodynamic upgrades which are needed for a car whose speedometer runs all the way up to 198 mph. The 427 Convertible, as previously mentioned, takes some bits from the Z06 and ZR1, including Magnetic Selective Ride Control, rear-mounted battery, and carbon fiber trim pieces. Finally, the ZR1 gets the biggest upgrades: Magnetic Selective Ride Control, Brembo-brakes, and a carbon-fiber roof, front fenders, and hood.
Inside, the Corvette seats two and offers you a comfortable respite from the mayhem flying by. Like most sports cars, the seating position is low to give drivers a better feel for the road. Standard interior features include dual-zone air conditioning, leather upholstery, keyless entry and remote start, and satellite radio. Also available are a navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity, and heated seats.
If you’re looking to go fast, there is really no better instrument that the 2013 Chevrolet Corvette. And thankfully it comes in enough varieties that it doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a sports car to cruise around town, or a track-ready demon like the ZR1, there’s a Corvette for you.
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