Test Drive: 2013 Chevrolet Corvette 427 Convertible

Review and photos by Jonathan Yarkony
October 22, 2012

I’m not going to bore you with a history lesson. Yes, this car commemorates 60 years of Corvettes, but it is awesome right now, so I feel the urge to tell you all about its current awesomeness rather than regale you with stories of its past glory, of which there is also no shortage of material.

And this 427 Convertible Collector Edition is a great way to send off the C6 Corvette, the Corvette platform that has been in production since 2004, and carried the torch passed on by the C5R’s return to racing dominance in the ALMS GT classes and Le Mans.

A standard Corvette or Corvette convertible is no slouch, powered by a 6.2L V8 making 430 hp, but the 427 borrows the 7.0L “LS7” V8 from the formerly kingpin Z06 Coupe (though not the Z06’s aluminum frame, rather the base Corvette convertible’s steel frame), the 427 name a nod to the displacement in cubic inches (427.65, to be exact). As everyone should know by now, the new ‘Alpha’ Vette is the ZR1, featuring the almighty “LS9”, a supercharged 6.2L V8 making 638 hp and 604 lb-ft—I cannot comprehend what that kind of power and acceleration would be like. I can barely comprehend what it was like piloting this thing to its full potential.

Full Review: http://www.autos.ca/car-test-drives/...27-convertible