Chevrolet's Corvette is due for an all-new version for the 2014 model year, but the 2013 model year is special for another reason: it's also the 60th anniversary of the Corvette.
Accordingly, there's a new model to celebrate it: the 427 Convertible Collector Edition. With the Z06's 7.0-liter, 505-horsepower V-8 under the hood and some carbon fiber body panels to shed weight, it's the most potent Corvette Convertible available. It's also a limited edition, though Chevy hasn't said how many it will build.
The rest of the Corvette lineup stays unchanged for 2013, aside from the addition of a special 60th Anniversary package, which adds "60th" badges, a ZR1-style spoiler, gray brake calipers, and an optional vinyl graphics package.
That means the Corvette lineup for 2013 is otherwise very familiar: the base coupe and convertible, the Grand Sport coupe and convertible, the Z06, and the ZR1. The base and Grand Sport models share a 6.2-liter LS3 V-8 rated at 430 horsepower, or 436 horsepower with the optional dual-mode exhuast. The Z06 gets the same 505 horsepower rating as the 427 Convertible, while the supercharged 6.2-liter LS9 in the ZR1 is rated at 638 horsepower.
They all accelerate and handle as you'd expect, too: very, very well. Even base Corvettes get to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds, while the range-topping ZR1 does it in a scant 3.4 seconds.
Inside, the Corvette shows a bit of why it costs so little for so much performance, however. A dated design wrapped in too much plastic makes the optional leather upgrade package almost mandatory. The seats are very comfortable, however, and there's more room for your gear than you might expect.
No one has crash-tested the 2013 Corvette yet, but it comes with standard ABS, traction and stability control, and its innate handling and braking abilities, making it a confident conveyance on the street.
On the features front, the Corvette is both behind the times and ahead of them; while advanced features like adaptive cruise control, night vision, and a high-end infotainment system are nowhere to be found, a heads-up display is available on all models (and standard on the Z06 and ZR1), the Active Handling stability/traction control system is brilliant, and its base specification is ample.
For the full details on the 2013 Chevy Corvette, visit the full review at The Car Connection