General Motors has something festive planned for the 60th anniversary of its Chevrolet Corvette. The automaker will mark the occasion with a special edition 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible, complete with hardware borrowed from the mighty Corvette Z06. Under the hood, a 427-cubic-inch LS7 V8 produces 505 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, making this the most powerful Corvette Convertible ever produced. The 60th Anniversary Corvette will also benefit from the same rear axle as the Z06, and magnetic ride control is standard as well.

The special edition convertible will come with 19-inch wheels up front 20-inch rollers in the rear, both wrapped in Micheline PS2 tires. A six-speed manual transmission is the only gearbox option, though buyers will be able to chose from the full gamut of available interior and exterior colors. General Motors says the vehicle will also benefit from a range of carbon fiber components, including a raised hood, fenders and floor panels. A CFZ carbon-fiber front splitter and rocker panels are also available at an extra cost.

All told, the 2013 Chevrolet Corvette 427 Convertible tips the scales at 3,355 pounds. Combined with its lofty power figures, the droptop should be capable of doing the 0-60 mph dash in 3.8 seconds on its way to an 11.8-second quarter mile and a top speed of over 190 mph. The very first model will be auctioned off for charity at the upcoming Barrett-Jackson classic car auction. Hit the jump for the full press blast.
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Corvette Marks 60 Years of Performance with 427 Convertible

DETROIT – Chevrolet today unveiled the 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition – the fastest, most capable convertible in Corvette's history – as well as a 60th Anniversary Package that will be available on all 2013 Corvette models.

"The 2013 model year will be historic for Corvette, marking its 60th Anniversary and the final year for the current 'C6' generation," said Chris Perry, vice president, Global Marketing and Strategy for Chevrolet. "We couldn't think of a more fitting way to celebrate these milestones than bringing back one of the most-coveted combinations in the brand's history – the Corvette convertible and a 427 cubic-inch engine."

The 60th Anniversary Package and 427 Convertible will make their public debut at the Barrett Jackson collector car auction in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Jan 21, and will arrive at U.S. Chevrolet dealers early this summer.

Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition
The Corvette 427 Convertible blends elements of the Z06 and ZR1 models to create the fastest and most-capable convertible in Corvette's history.

Its heart is the 427-cubic-inch (7.0L) LS7 engine from the Corvette Z06. Rated at 505 horsepower (377 kW) and 470 lb.-ft. of torque (637 Nm), it is the most powerful engine ever installed in a production Corvette convertible – and, like the Z06, the 427 Convertible is only available with a six-speed manual transmission.

The LS7 was co-developed with the Corvette Le Mans-winning GT1 engine and features lightweight titanium connecting rods and intake valves, as well as racing-inspired high-flow cylinder heads and a dry-sump oiling system. It is assembled by hand at GM's Performance Build Center, where customers who purchase the 427 Convertible Collector Edition can purchase the Corvette Build Experience option and assemble the engine that will power their new car.

Supporting performance elements in the Corvette 427 Convertible include the driveline and rear axle system from the Corvette Z06, a rear-mounted battery and standard Magnetic Selective Ride Control. The standard 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels are wrapped in ZR1-style Michelin PS2 tires. Lightweight machine-face Cup wheels – introduced on the 2012 Corvette Z06 with Z07 and Corvette ZR1 with PDE performance packages – come standard and include unique gray-painted pockets. Black Cup wheels or chrome ZR1-style wheels are also available.

The 427 Convertible also features several carbon-fiber components that help reduce weight, including:
• Carbon fiber raised hood (introduced on the 2011 Z06 Carbon Edition)
• Carbon fiber Z06-style fenders
• Carbon fiber floor panels
• The "CFZ" carbon fiber front splitter and rocker panels are optional on the 427 Convertible, and included with the 60th Anniversary package

The weight reduction brings the 427 Convertible's curb weight to 3,355 pounds (1,522 kg). Combined with its 505-horsepower LS7 engine, it gives the 427 Convertible a power-to-weight ratio of 6.64 – or one horsepower for every 6.64 pounds of vehicle mass. That's better than:
• Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet – 6.90
• Audi R8 5.2 RSI Spyder – 7.58
• Aston Martin DBS Volante Convertible – 7.82
• Ferrari California Convertible – 8.31

The combination of low mass and high output will make the 427 Convertible one of the fastest convertibles in the world, delivering estimated 0-60 performance of 3.8 seconds, quarter-mile performance of 11.8 seconds, lateral acceleration of 1.04 g and a top speed of more than 190 mph.

The 427 Convertible is available in 2LT, 3LT and 4LT trim levels and will carry a unique vehicle identification number sequence, similar to the Corvette ZR1.

Corvette 60th Anniversary Package
All 2013 Corvette models, including the 427 Convertible, will be available with a 60th Anniversary Package, featuring an Arctic White exterior with a Blue Diamond leather-wrapped interior with suede accents. Convertible models will have a blue top.

Additional content includes a ZR1-style rear spoiler, special badging, gray-painted brake calipers and the "60th" logo on the wheel center caps, steering wheel and seat headrests. An optional graphics package adds full-length racing stripes in Pearl Silver Blue, including a tonal stripe stitched into the convertible top, extending the graphic theme over the roof.

For 2013, all Corvettes will feature 60th Anniversary badges on the fascias and the "waterfall" panel on convertible models, as well as 60th logos in the instrument panel gauge cluster and on the sill plates.

Charity Auction at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale
The first Corvette 427 Convertible offered to the public will go to the highest bidder at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale collector car auction, on Saturday, Jan. 21. Chevrolet and Hendrick Motorsports are teaming up for the auction, including four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Jeff Gordon and team owner Rick Hendrick. Proceeds from the sale will benefit AARP's Drive to End Hunger initiative.

Drive to End Hunger is part of a multi-year sponsorship for Gordon's No. 24 Chevrolet which aims to address the growing problem of hunger among older Americans.

A legacy of 427-powered Corvettes
Early 427-powered Corvettes, particularly convertibles, offered from 1966 to 1969 are some of the most-coveted and collectable Corvettes ever produced.

The first 427-powered Corvette rolled off the assembly line for the 1966 model year. Two performance levels of the 427 were initially offered – an "L30" version rated at 390 horsepower and the "L72," which cranked out 425 horsepower. Both were rated at 460 lb-ft. of torque.

The range of 427 engines grew in 1967, with the addition of the "L71" and "L88" options. The L71 added a unique triple-carburetor induction system that helped boost output to 435 horsepower. Known to collectors as "427/435" cars, these '67 models – especially the convertibles – are especially sought-after collector cars.

The "L88" delivered 430-horsepower (with a single four-barrel carburetor) thanks to racing-tuned aluminum heads. Intended for customers who would immediately transform their new Corvette into a race car, the L88 was installed in just 216 production Corvettes between 1967 and 1969.

In 1969, a special "L89" 427 engine combined the L71's induction system with the L88's aluminum heads, offering maximum horsepower with an approximately 100-pound weight advantage over the standard iron heads. Also in 1969, Chevrolet built two "ZL1" 427 Corvette coupes. The ZL1 engine was essentially an all-aluminum version of the L88, with the aluminum cylinder block and heads offering a tremendous weight advantage for racing. More of the engines were sold as crate engines to racers.

By 1970, the big-block engine grew to 454 cubic inches, just as the trend in high-compression, high-performance engines was beginning to wane. The four-year run of 427 Corvettes was already established as the golden era of performance


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      theblackemblem
      • 2 Years Ago
      My gosh, the C6 Corvette looks so attractive with dark headlights...
      Timothy Tibbetts
      • 2 Years Ago
      Too bad we are not getting the C7 for 2013....
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not biggest fan of Corvettes. Not the biggest fan convertibles. But I'm really, really digging this. If I were spending my money, this would be the Vette to own, hands down. Now lets see in yellow.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Frisky_Dingo
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          Frisky_Dingo
          • 2 Years Ago
          I love the C6 in yellow. And I usually don't like yellow cars. They look hot in inferno prancing, too.
          Frisky_Dingo
          • 2 Years Ago
          *Orange* don't know how my phone autocorrected to prancing...
      Solider 95B
      • 2 Years Ago
      I guess I wasn't aware that GM "confirmed" C7 for 2014. If that is true, great news.
      SloopJohnB
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think the proof of the pudding will be what NHRA factors the 427 Corvette in. Years ago the L88 was factored at 550 hp to even the playing field with other similar hp cars. 40 years from now will a 427 Corvette with matching numbers be worth $10M? Who knows.
      rex
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice, how much? Like the smoked wheels.
        baconbaconbacon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @rex
        Agreed...the wheels and dark headlights both look great! I've never been a huge Vette guy, but this has me quickly reconsidering.
      PiCASSO
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have to admit... this Corvette looks hot. I'm been thinking about buying a roadster as a 3rd car in the family (Z4, 370Z, etc). And perhaps I can pick up a used one in the near future, assuming that it will depreciate a little. Considering it's a collectors' car, I predict it will be very close to it's MSRP price after 2-3 years. Good for sellers, bad for buyers.
      Jonathan Brown
      • 2 Years Ago
      Thanks for the heads up! Corvette enthusiasts have been wanting the LS7 in the convertible body style since its inception. GM for the first time that I can remember isn't doing a lame tape package to celebrate and I believe they will be rewarded with strong sales. This car will be a beast and its a proper way to send off the beautiful and extremely capable C6 corvette. I have an LS3 C6 M6 Z51 and its awesome. I prefer the targa roof as I park in manhattan but the guys who dig convertibles will be going Ape sh!T over this anniverary edition. I also dig the dark headlights and the light color anniversary package.. In my opinion all C6's should have that headlight treatment.. Fantastic sportscar.. and for the whiners who complain about the interior..its chump change to get upgrades. I put the D shaped all alcantara DSV vettes steering wheel and its real sweet.. I'm looking forward to the upcoming release of the C7! yet this is a great way to send off the truly inspiring corvette C6! To own one and to use it everyday is to know why corvettes have 60 years of history as an american Icon! I laugh my @ss off every time I get in any one of my vettes that I've owned. These are really amazing performance machines that you can enjoy at road courses, autox's, drag strips, car shows and everyday up and around the mountain passes. Well worth the money to own one. Way to go Chevrolet! JB
      Dreez28
      • 2 Years Ago
      Corvettes are friggin cool, and anyone who is fortunate enough to own one loves it. They are to most Americans, like Ferrari's are to most Italians. It's a dream car, a car you aspire to own, and when you finally own one it doesn't let you down. It leaves you smiling ear to ear. People who bicker about the interior quality, simply don't understand what the car is about. It isn't about luxury and class, it's about excitement and driving. A lot of people think cheap means unreliable, but I think most all Vette owners know how extremely reliable they really are, especially given the amount a typical American owner abuses it. I for one, am glad that Vette's don't cost a fortune to own like a Ferrari or Lamborghini, and Chevy would be foolish to take the Corvette out of it's niche simply to class it up. Personally I've sat in and drove many exclusive, high-end cars, and can honestly say, without prejudice, that the difference in interior quality is illusive to me. Corvettes are very comfortable, very practical, unless you're trying to put a car seat in it, and nicely refined. Never once have I been in a Corvette, and the thought occurred to me "This interior is crap." I was too busy enjoying the awesomeness to give a rats ass how much plastic i could find.
        Sukairain
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dreez28
        Look I'd agree with you if the interior is simply average. We are not talking about Camry interior here, the Corvette interior is worse than a 10 year old New York taxi cab. It's downright disgraceful. I don't understand why GM would ever allow this kind of crap to be fitted inside their flagship Chevy. At least port some material from the CTS in there, it's not the best either but that will do. Raise the price by a few thousand if you need to but that interior is the definition of cheap cost saving crap. While you are at it put some framework plastic around those tail lights, it's so sad when you put your pinky between the tail lights and press lightly the whole thing feels like it's simply 'inflated' by air.
          Dreez28
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Sukairain
          You clearly exaggerate. It really is not that bad. And you are clearly not the type that appreciates what the Corvette is about. At least I don't have to take my corvette in for service every few months to keep it running, and to make sure it won't kill me while using it. Not to mention those service aren't free, and it's also extremely annoying to have to baby the damn things so much just to own one. They're like they little infants of automobiles, completely helpless. If something does break on my Vette, I can fix it in my garage at home. I make no sacrifice to own it. Trust me, the extra $ is definitely NOT worth it to a person like me. A Vette is twice as reliable as most BMW, Mercedes, Ferrari, or Lambo of the same performance capability, because it isn't loaded with electronic nanny's that decide not to work every other week. I don't like making excuses for my car that I spent too much on.
          Rayvan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Sukairain
          Is that diatribe what you have to keep telling yourself as the Corvettes continually blast past your Por$che out at the track? :)
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Sukairain
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          Indubitably
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Sukairain
          You've clearly never sat in a Vette before...
        Frisky_Dingo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dreez28
        You're insane. Most Corvette buyers buy optioned out automatics. Don't try to preach to us about why they exist and their purpose. Mostly midlife crisis males drive Corvettes. And they're built as cheaply and efficiently as.possible by GM. And their interiors are total complete garbage. Poor material usage, poor fitment, and they reek of glue. The seats are.flimsy and slippery. They shake and shimmy. I have no idea what you're talking about people saying they're unreliable as they're not of course. They are very reliable and require very little maintenance and upkeep. They're not lacking in reliability, but in quality and indeed, refinement. They're the best bang for the back sportscar on the planet, no doubt, but lets not kid ourselves. They're lacking in the polish and refinement department. Hopefully that'll change with the C7, and GM will finally have a world class sportscar that competes on all fronts, not just hard numbers.
          Frisky_Dingo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Frisky_Dingo
          The fact that regular BMW's can be attributed to people wanting a well-rounded useable car and want quality. Because they aren't as concerned with spirited driving and performance. I'm not saying the Corvette should be way more expensive than it is. But it should be nicer than it is. If it comes at a price increase, so be it. I'd gladly pay $5K more for a Corvette if it had better build quality. As it stands now, it't the sole reason, I WON'T buy one. I've had really fast, but cheap cars i the past. They get boring. They're too one-dimensional. Once the novelty of xxxhp wears off, you're left with a car that you still have to drive in from point A to point B. And damnnit, I refuse to give a car a free pass on quality and refinement because it't fast. So what?? A crotch rocket is fast, but I don't wanna ride one all the damn time. Or even often enough to justify owning one. I want a car that satisfy me when I'm loafing through rush hour traffic just as well as it does on my favorite backroad. My M3's did that. My A4 did that. My '06 GTO did that. A 911 does that. Hell, even the new Camaro does. The Corvette does not. Not even close. Nor did either one of my Trans Ams. Or my friend's S2000. Or my Mustang. Corvette sales have been at their worst in the last few years as they've ever been. And if that can happen at a time when they're faster than ever, and there's more performance variants than ever, and they're a better bang/buck equation than ever, that shows one hell of flaw in your argument. People who buy Corvettes would still buy them if they costed more and were nicer, and new buyers would come to the brand as well. @ Imaginary Lines- I've driven every C6 Corvette variant there is, ZR1 included. They're beasts, even a base model LS3 car. But their interiors all suck, and anything with an automatic sucks. Real sportscars don't have automatics.
          Frisky_Dingo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Frisky_Dingo
          Quality and reliability most certainly not go hand in hand. They can be mutually exclusive, or had in combination, but not by default. Corvettes are reliable, I will give them that. And for a sportscar, they are relatively cheap and easy to maintain. They are definitely, definitely not high quality, though. Far from it. The articles by auto journalists are not exaggerating the poor interior of the Corvette one bit. My 2002 Audi A4 Quattro blows the interior of a new Corvette even in 4LT trim out of the water. No matter much colored leather GM throws inside the Corvette, it can't fix the basic shortcomings. The seats are the biggest problem. They're flat and flimsy, and they dont hold you in place well at all. Which you definitely want in a sportscar. The steering wheels is the same as the fitted in the Cobalt. The gaps are big. The buttons are cheap feeling and huge. The layout of them is cluttered and archaic. Like I already said, they smell like a glue factory. You don't even get real carbon fiber or aluminum accents in a $90K Z06. You get simulated carbon-look plastic. The shifter feels cheap. The buttons for opening the door are stupid. And thats' just on the inside. Now for the outside. The paint is so thin you can actually see the carbon fiber weave texture through the paint on Z06 and ZR1 models. The panels are flimsy. The paint quality is terrible. The metallic colors are cloudy and uneven throughout the car. I've seen blotches of discoloration the size of a postage stamp in the paint before. On Z06's and ZR1's even. How can you not even get the paint right on a $100k car?? That's complete bullsh!t. As for your statements of implied superiority over other cars because of the Corvette's reliability, it's quite easy to see that you haven't owned any of those mentioned cars. Lamborghini is owned by Audi and has been for some time, and there are no known major mechanical issues with them. I've had two E46 M3's and they were both bullet-proof. BMW's are known to be some of the most reliable cars there are. You're just pulling crap out of thin air now. They may have more isuues with electronics and whatnot, but that just comes with the territory. That doesn't change the fact that they are significantly better built cars than a Corvette. The automatic arguement is not stupid at all and completely backs my point up. First off, you say Corvettes are built for all-out performance. But that is not why most buyers buy them and you know it. If you don't, I do, because i used to sell them. Do a search for used ones, and see how many autos you get compared to manuals. Yeah, that's what I thought. And that proves the point that many don't buy them for their sporting credentials at all, and because of that, they don't get a free pass for the shoody build quality. And when it comes to BMW's sport models, most aren't even AVAILABLE in a true auto, so there goes that point, jackass.
          Imaginary lines
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Frisky_Dingo
          My dad bought a 2010 Grand Sport 3LT 6-speed Auto, It was the only way my mom said it was okay...well I drove it and until you been in one you just wouldnt understand...It bang the gears and when rolling about 60 watch out! Put it this way I can't downshift my 6-speed WS6 that fast....
        mmccurry@windstream.net
        @Dreez28
        Great post. I have owned six new Corvettes and two older "collector" vettes in the past ten years. I have had to have one non maintenance type repair. (An 04 Z06 with a leaky seal in the rear end.) Personally, I get the interior difference, I also had a couple of Porsches, but I did not enjoy them as much and paid more for an 05 Carerra S than any new Corvette I've bought so far. And, when I sit down in a vette and push the start button, the farthest thing from my mind is whether the dash looks too plasticky. AND all my vettes come with the leather wrapped interior option and they arre NOT plasticky. The seats are not as good as the Porsches, but for about $30K less I can go tot DS Vettes and get a nice leather swathed racing seat that will exceed the Porsche. And be more fun. And faster. And draw more interest. This is not hard.
      kaneda
      • 2 Years Ago
      If I had a dollar for every "special edition" Corvette there's been, I could bail the company out a second time. This car is sweet, but ONE THING will kill it - THE PRICE. This is basically a convertible Z06, and will be priced closed to 100K. No way I would drop that much coin on this car. You could buy a viper with less than 5K miles that's just as fast for 40K now.
        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @kaneda
        Actually, if you had a dollar for every special edition Corvette, you'd have $4. Grand Sport Z06 Carbon Centennial Edition 60th Anniversary Also, this is probably going to be within the $80-$90k price range, just as the Z06 is.
          Mike B
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          He'll have $5, here are two more but the normal Grand Sport is not a special edition. Grand Sport Heritage GT1 Championship Edition
        jack s.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @kaneda
        Well, you'd actually have almost $30 if you count pace cars and such. This car will definitely cost upwards of $100,000, and rightfully so. There's no other car on the planet you could buy for $100,000 that boasts a hand built 427 cu. in. engine, a suspension system that is so good ferrari bought it from GM (don't believe me? Google it. It's the newest gen of the magnetic selective ride), 505hp, carbon fiber body parts, and a 0-60 time UNDER 4 seconds. This is a beast of a car and the first time GM has ever released a Z06 with a convertible top.
      Tripointkid
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wish Chevy would build a supercar of sorts.
        Rayvan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tripointkid
        Why, when they already build a car that keeps up with "supercars" of sorts.
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