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    2013 Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition Announced By Chevrolet

    2013 Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition Announced By Chevrolet

    C6 performance convertible and its 60th Anniversary Package will be unveiled at Barrett-Jackson, where the first public version will be auctioned off for charity.

    Media Release | Posted January 12, 2012 Detroit, MI

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    Today Chevrolet announced two new special edition Corvettes to round out the production of the C6 Corvette. The two models that have been unveiled are the 60th Anniversary Edition and the fastest Corvette convertible produced, the 427 Convertible Collectors Edition.

    “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.”

    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 190mph.

    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.

    Chevrolet will be auctioning off the first Corvette 427 Convertible at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale collector car auction with proceeds going to AARP's Drive to End Hunger initiative on January 21st.
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    Sounds Big to me

    I just posted this same reply at the Corvette Action Center, but wanted to share my thoughts here, too.

    Not that I will be buying a new 2013 model, but if I was; I would probably go the convertible route. Since the introduction of the modern Z06 beginning in 2001 and then growing to 427 cubes in 2006 (rejoice), I have thought that one day I would get a Z06. But after removing the targa on my C4 on a regular basis, I have thought hard about a convertible, as well. What is one to do? Up till now I have held a secret fantasy of purchasing a C6 convertible and a crate LS7 and merging the two (sounds pretty expensive), then using aftermarket parts to beef up the other systems of the car. Which still may be more affordable than buying the 2013 model, but at least now; GM has done the work.


    I donít know that the 2012 GS convertible is really worth the added expense. Without a boost to engine performance I would lean towards the base model. But now with the added LS7, convertible shoppers will have a true performance option to consider. I donít know about others, but this seems pretty big to me.

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    I pretty much agree with your view points. For me personally, I view a Convertible as being more of a leisurely cruiser, than a high-performance, track ready car.

    I tend to go for high performance first followed by leisurely cruiser second.

    If I had the money, I'd buy both a new ZR1 to satisfy my high performance thirst, and a 2013 427 convertible to satisfy my leisurely, Sunday drives with the wife.
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    As you may recall I sent my convertible to Lingenfelter with the idea of having the best of both worlds. Now GM has done the work for anyone who wants to go fast topless.

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