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Chevrolet Corvette

Numerous iterations, but a singular car for the price.

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 of 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.

COMPETITORS

Audi R8

Lotus Evora

Porsche 911

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.

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

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

MPG

CITY 14–18

HWY 18–26

PRO

New 427 convertible

Numerous performance and appearance upgrades

CON

Interior quality and style

Pretty common

Base Price Range: $50,575–$113,575

SPECIFICATIONS

DRIVE: Rear-wheel

TRIM LEVELS: Corvette, Grand Sport, 427 Convertible, Z06, Z06 Carbon, ZR1

BODY STYLES: Coupe, convertible, 2-passenger

ENGINES: 6.2L V-8, 430/436 hp, 424/428 lb-ft

6.2L supercharged V-8, 638 hp, 604 lb-ft

7.0L V-8, 505 hp, 470 lb-ft

TRANSMISSIONS: 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic

PASSENGER VOLUME: 52.0 cu ft

CARGO SPACE: (coupe) 22.0 cu ft; (convertible, top up/down) 11.0/7.5 cu ft

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