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Chevrolet celebrates Corvette milestone with 427 Convertible, 60th Anniversary editions

Consumer Reports News: January 12, 2012 05:08 PM

Chevrolet loves milestones, and the storied brand has had many of them, including its 100th anniversary this year. Next up, two ways consumers can commemorate the Corvette reaching the six-decade mark. Starting next summer, Chevrolet will offer a 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition and a 60th Anniversary package. Both serve as a final send-off for the current-generation (C6) Corvette, as sports car enthusiasts anxiously await the next chapter for the “plastic” legend.

An exercise in parts-bin engineering, the Corvette 427 Convertible combines hardware from the high-performance Z06 and ZR1 models to create what Chevrolet calls “the fastest and most-capable convertible in Corvette’s history.”

The first production Corvette stuffed with a 427-cubic-inch V8 debuted in 1966. Since then, big-block Vettes have become coveted collectibles, commanding massive premiums for their sound, torque, and exclusivity. This 2013 Corvette 427 promises to follow suit.

In modern parlance, the engine is a 7.0-liter V8 with 505 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque. It will be built solely with a six-speed manual transmission. Chevrolet claims this special Vette will rocket 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds and blaze the quarter-mile in 11.8 seconds.

Performance in the company’s most-powerful convertible in history is helped by weight savings, such as the carbon-fiber hood, fenders, and floor panels. The result is a power-to-weight ratio that bests the Audi RS 5.2 RSI Spyder, Ferrari California Convertible, and Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet, according to Chevrolet.

The 427 Convertible is not a one-size-fits-all model; it will be offered in 2LT, 3LT, and 4LT trim levels.

The 60th Anniversary package will be offered on all 2013 Corvettes, including the 427 Convertible. Each 60th-edition car will be finished with an Arctic White exterior and a Blue Diamond leather interior. Convertibles will have a blue top.

These cars will be further distinguished with abundant badging and logos, ZR1-style rear spoiler, and gray-painted brake calipers. If this is too subtle, an optional package adds racing stripes, plus special stitching for the cloth top on convertible models.

The first 427 Convertible will be sold for charity on January 21st Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale collector car auction. Otherwise, sales for these special sports cars will begin in summer 2012. Expect this final production year for the sixth-generation Vette to be a long one, with a break of several months between the last C6 and the first C7.

Jeff Bartlett

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