Chevrolet unveiled the new 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition and a 60th Anniversary Package that will be available for all 2013 Corvette models. 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.
The Chevrolet Corvette 427 Convertible combines elements of Z06 and ZR1 models to create the fastest and most-capable convertible in Chevrolet’s history. Powering the Corvette 427 Convertible is the 427-cubic-inch (7.0L) LS7 engine from the Corvette Z06 producing 505 hp (377kW) and 470 lb.-ft. of torque (637 Nm) mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The engine features lightweight titanium connecting rods and intake valves, as well as racing-inspired high-flow cylinder heads and a dry-sump oiling system.
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.
Carbon-fiber components including carbon fiber raised hood, carbon fiber Z06-style fenders, carbon fiber floor panels and the optional “CFZ” carbon fiber front splitter and rocker panels helps reduce the weight of the Corvette 427 convertible. The weight reduction brings the 427 Convertible’s curb weight to 3,355 pounds (1,522 kg).
The combination of low mass and high output 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 60th Anniversary Package will be available for all 2013 Chevrolet Corvette models including the 427 Convertible. The 60th Anniversary Package features 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.
The Chevrolet Corvette 427 Convertible and the 60th Anniversary Package will make their debut at the Barrett Jackson collector in Scottsdale, Arizona on January 21.